In 1998, Shawn fulfilled his lifelong dream and landed a job at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Since that time, he has worked on 24 feature films, including work as a Lead Animator on Transformers movies, Rango, Noah, Pacific Rim, Avengers, all three Star Wars prequels, AI, War of the Worlds, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones and others.
In 2004 he co-founded Animation Mentor, an online animation school with student/mentor relationships at its core. Shawn works with Bobby Beck, Animation Mentor’s CEO and President, and co-founder Carlos Baena to help define and shape the school’s curriculum and overall direction.
Shawn received the 2007 award for the ‘Best Single Visual Effect of the Year‘ by the Visual Effects Society (VES), an organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and the application of visual effects. Shawn’s winning animation was for the desert highway sequence of Transformers.
Shawn lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, balancing family time with his Animation Mentor roles and his work as Lead Animator at ILM.
“ I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to visit Italy and get to spend a couple days talking about animation! I’ve designed a special 2-day version of the masterclass, jam-packed with examples from my own work as well as the work of others I admire. As always, I’ve created this course with the specific goal of keeping it helpful to animators of all experience levels, but with a definite emphasis on advanced techniques and ideas rarely covered in a classroom setting. Whether you are an experienced professional or new to animation, there will be a lot of fun topics to sink our teeth into, and I’ll be looking forward to spending some time with you! ”
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