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MORRIS & SON WAS Founded in 2000 by legendary actor/director 
Howard Morris And his son David Morris


Cofounder Howard Morris (1919 - 2005)
A pioneer in film and TV, achieved fame in the 1950s while starring with Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner on the legendary “Your Show of Shows.” Howard was an Emmy winning comedic actor. He also directed a number of hit TV shows, such as the pilot episode for the original “Get Smart,” as well as directing episodes of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Bewitched” and “Hogan’s Heroes.” Howard directed numerous feature films in the 60s and 70s that starred some of Hollywood’s best; Doris Day, Jackie Gleason, Milton Berle, Brian Keith, George Burns, The Osmonds, Barbara Hershey, Bob Denver, Joey Bishop, and many others. Howard was the voice of Jughead on “The Archies,” and The Qantas Koala bear. Howard created some of the most influential television advertising of the 1960s-70s. Clients such as McDonald’s (most of the vintage 1970s McDonaldland ads), Kellogg’s, and numerous others. Howard’s work helped to pioneer the way for comedy and musicals in advertising.  Film schools continue to use his productions as examples. 

Cofounder David Morris
In the late 1960s, Howard took his son David with him on countless productions. David worked alongside some of the industries' most talented actors and filmmakers. To date, David has produced and directed dozens of specialized marketing and educational programs for various production companies and Fortune 500s. Clients include: Sony, Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Universal Pictures, Paramount, Discovery Kids, Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, Pepsi Cola, Kellogg's, Parkay, Bank of America, Sebastian, Domino's Pizza, Coldwell Banker, DirecTV, RCA, NFL, Lincoln/Mercury, among others. David’s educational production work has been utilized in thousands of classrooms around the country. David’s work in national TV advertising and DRTV includes writing and directing national TV spots for “The Highlander” (films/TV series), “Xena: Warrior Princess” (TV series), “The Fast and the Furious/2 Fast 2 Furious” (films), “Lord of the Rings” (films), Marvel Comics (TV), and many others.

David as Director: 
I develop exacting formulas to accomplish client goals. No two clients are alike, and my approach is never cookie-cutter. Each formula is unique. The brain behind the work counts most.  Depending on the size and scope, once I sign-on, I’ll expand, contract, and streamline for almost any budget to deliver what it takes, for maximum on-screen impact. Depending on the production, I will utilize top production professionals to assist in the creative phases. Beyond a good concept, and script, one of the most important components in a properly produced TV spot or marketing video, is the director.  Movie studios use proven money making directors. That same principle applies even for a basic marketing video. If you hire an inexperienced director, subtle key details critical for your audience may be missed. Your chances for success in the marketplace will most likely suffer.  I offer turn-key production packages, or stand alone directing for practically any script or production.

Success Stories

Hollywood Bowl
In 1997, my producer and I were hired to produce an eight camera live shoot for “Bravo China”, live at The Hollywood Bowl. I directed the shoot, and called the shots. This event was switched live, broadcast via satellite to an audience estimated at one billion. The show featured China's top musicians and dancers along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. It was described as "One of China's biggest and best overseas concerts ever" by many US critics.
I have written and directed many national spots for the television series "Highlander" and “Xena” as well as numerous others, in relation to their merchandising entities. Initially, for “Highlander,” the goal from the client was to "double" their existing database of 100,000 nationwide households. A number of these households were generated from an existing 30 second spot which our client claimed had become “stale.” I analyzed the spot, and methodically researched everything Highlander, and learned as much as possible about the fan-base. My producer and I determined that the existing spot had subtle, but critical weaknesses which was most likely turning off the fans. As such, the spot was costing our client tremendous ad-buy money, while the spot had ceased to generate interest. We created a new and exciting spot featuring Highlander themed merchandise. The new spot began to air spot nationally. After two days in various U.S. markets, the inbound call centers began reporting that they were “being overwhelmed with call volume for orders.” The spot was literally overwhelming the call center, and thus, it was immediately pulled off the air. A new media-buy was developed to handle the new call demand, and soon the spot went back on the air with great success. More Highlander spots were ordered, and in just over a year, my team and I successfully increased the client database from 100,000 households, to over 1 million. In the words of our client "These ads are Historic for us!"  Since then, I have created many spots for this client, as well as other high-impact nationally aired commercials for “Lord of the Rings,” “Fast and the Furious,” “Hercules,” "Marvel Comics," “Xena” and others.

Classroom Education
I have directed numerous classroom education programs for most Fortune 500 companies, including a joint effort for Bank of America and the IOC - International Olympic Committee for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. These educational programs are provided to teachers. Once delivered to the schools, the teachers utilize the programs for their students, as well as sharing them with other teachers up and down the grade levels. The work we produce is either based upon original visuals we create, or through the use of existing footage, such as major studio released motion pictures. Through the use of custom scripts geared for educational classroom lessons, a 10 to 20 minute video program is produced, and then replicated to custom interactive DVDs, or a media format for playback over the web. The programs are sent out as “teaching kits” to thousands of schools. Teachers all across America trust and utilize these programs, and our clients benefit from a tremendous amount of exposure, and branding, to fresh and youthful audiences. Branding aside, millions of kids have studied and these programs. Chances are pretty good that your child may have studied using one or more of the programs I have directed.

Corporate Video
I have directed approximately 30 corporate videos in the areas of image, sales, food, safety and loss prevention, manufacturing, logistics, real estate, printing, pool and spa, defense, and aerospace related programs. The techniques I discussed above are incorporated within the creative, however, the execution and voicing is modified in order to capture the target messaging.

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