Shannon Shea, a native New Orleanian educated at The California Institute of the Arts has enjoyed a 36-year tenure designing, constructing, and performing animatronic creatures and characters for Motion Pictures and Television. He has had the pleasure of contributing to such diverse films as Predator, Dances With Wolves, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Spy Kids, The Chronicles of Narnia, Drag Me To Hell, Men in Black III, Netflix’s Lost In Space, Barb and Starr go to Vista Del Mar (2021) as well as the new Korean horror-drama Sweet Home (2020).
Not limited to the confines of Motion Pictures, he has served as an animatronics supervisor for Universal Studios and Disney Research & Development as a representative of Spectral Motion, Inc. He paints (having been shown in New York, North Carolina, and Los Angeles), and has written for Makeup Artist Magazine as well as having had a book published about the first formative years of his career entitled I’m Rubber, You’re Glue. He is a continuing teacher of the Stan Winston School of Character Design and taught for nearly 3 years at the prestigious Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles where he was both the Prosthetics and Special Effects instructor. Shannon and his wife, Tracy (a talented soprano and writer), recently relocated to the Gulf Coast and are enjoying their new adventures.
Credit 1: Sweet Home (TV Series) (on-set creature effects supervisor) (2020)
Credit 2: Lost in Space (TV Series) (special effects supervisor) (2018)
Credit 3: Men in Black 3 (prosthetic makeup effects: key artist, Cinovation Studios) (2012)
Credit 4: Casino Royale (puppeteer) (2006)
Credit 5: Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (technician: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger EFX Group, Inc.) (2002)
Credit 6: Spy Kids (shop foreman: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger EFX Group, Inc.) (2001)
Credit 7: Jurassic Park (key artist: Stan Winston Studio) (1993)
Credit 8: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (art department coordinator: Stan Winston Studio) (1991)
Credit 9: Dances with Wolves (buffalo effects supervisor) (1990)
Credit 10: Predator (art department coordinator: creature effects unit) (1987)
Credit 11: Evil Dead II (special makeup effects unit crew) (1987)
Credit 12: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (creature crew: ILM) (1987)
Credit 13: Aliens (1986)