director & writer / cinematographer


I’m Taylor Stanton. I’m a director & writer best known for my stop-motion and documentary work.

My films have played in over 25 festivals, including the Austin Film Festival, DC SHORTS, DOCNYC, Hot Springs and the New Orleans Film Festival. My most recent short, The Likes and Dislikes of Marj Bagley, is currently on the festival circuit and has won 6 awards for Best Animation, Best Documentary Short and Best of Fest.

In addition to directing and writing, I have freelanced as a cinematographer for numerous artists and companies, including Global Citizen, SAP, Teach For America and the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York, for whom I co-directed a stop-motion retelling of The Flying Dutchman that premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center. For Girl Scouts USA, I created a series of stop-motion social media videos titled, “Cookie-Worthy Moments”, that re-enacted pop culture events using thin mints and samoas. Those videos frequently doubled the brand’s typical view counts, and were featured on and ESPN’s on-air coverage of the 2014 World Cup.

I have also gaffed projects for Barnes & Noble, Google, and Equinox, as well as the first season of The CW’s new reality show Ready, Set, Pet!. Additionally, I have conducted lighting workshops for Marywood University and Global Citizen’s internal video team.

Originally from metro-Detroit, I studied screenwriting at the University of Michigan and frequently collaborate with my twin brother, film composer William Stanton.

Want to know more or work together? Please check out my contact page.