Director, Puppeteer, Set and Character Fabrication, Art Direction, Screenwriter

Eve was made from Adam’s rib. Everybody knows that. But... does the Bible actually say it? In this delightful short film, Bible scholar Lizzie Berne DeGear teams up with animator Martha Mapes to breathe new life into an old story we thought we all knew.


Producer, Director, Animator, Set and Character Fabricator, Art Direction

Beyond the Barrier is a short film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, written by Ian Roozrokh and directed and animated by Martha Mapes. It tells the story of two children who are caught in the midst of the war, and their journey to still be together without barriers. 


The film started after Jeff Spitz, saw the script and took it to Martha Mapes to create. She immediately leapt into action and assembled a team of a graphic designer, a compositor, and a sound designer to help her with it. The project as a whole took nine months to complete.


It won the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival and was featured at the Chicago Feminist Film Festival and the Doc Talk Show, as well as receiving accolades overseas at the Duemila 30 Film Festival in Milan, Italy.

Producer, Director, Writer, Set and Character Fabricator, Art Direction

Valse Sentimentale started out as a short for one of Martha's film classes and grew into much more. The class only had two weeks to work on a short project, and she decided to challenge herself and create a stop motion piece in that small time frame. She recruited her classmates and colleagues to create small dancing motifs using their own unique style of animation: paper cut, hand drawn, and the traditional stop motion. Martha's harp playing is also featured in the movie.

The film was featured at the CineYouth Festival in Chicago, and went overseas at the AM Egypt Film Festival, the Geo Film Festival and Expocinema, and the International Festival of Short Films on Culture and Tourism.

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Interviewer, Producer, Director, Character and Set Fabricator, Art Direction

The Makeout Session is a documentary that was inspired by the thrilling tale of Marco Bermudez's first kiss. It originated as a class assignment and took two weeks to create.


It won Best Documentary at the Take One Film Festival and was showcased in the Columbia Showcase.

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Producer, Director, Writer, Animator, Set and Character Fabrication, Art Direction

The Book was Martha's first fully formed stop motion film. It was a very low-tech, beginner production. She created all the props, characters, and backgrounds, and animated all of it using her iPhone and iMovie.


She created it during my junior year of high school. It took her five months to create and premiered at the International Thespian Festival, where it won first place for best short.