Shawn Kelly

Associate Animation Supervisor
Industrial Light & Magic

Shawn Kelly has been a professional animator since 1998 and has worked on over 25 films in his career. Shawn co-founded Animation Mentor with Bobby Beck and Carlos Baena in 2005, creating the first ever online animation school. Juggling a full-time career at Industrial Light & Magic and Animation Mentor, Shawn won the prestigious VES (Visual Effects Society) award for his outstanding animation in Transformers. He is also a main contributor to the Animation Mentor blog which is filled with his animation tips and tricks. Shawn currently teaches Creature Animation: Locomotion.

Shawn’s Credits

Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Infinity War

Jurassic World


Recent Films

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Aquaman
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Transformers 5: The Last Knight
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows
  • Jurassic World
  • Warcraft
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
  • Noah
  • Pacific Rim
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • The Avengers
  • Battleship
  • Transformers: The Ride – 3D (Universal Studios)
  • Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
  • Rango

Other Films

  • Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Transformers
  • Eragon
  • War of the Worlds
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Hulk
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
  • Jack Frost

Short Films

  • The Magic Murderer (live action)

Courses Taught By Shawn

Courses may vary from term to term.

Creature Animation:

12-Week Workshop

Animate creatures and animals with guidance from pro VFX animators.

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