Shane Acker is an award-winning director, animator and designer. “9” was his directorial debut and was based on his Oscar-nominated short. It was produced by Tim Burton and Timor Bekmambetov and was released by Focus Features in 2009.

Shane wrote, directed, and animated the 11-minute short “9” which premiered at Sundance in 2005 and garnered numerous awards including a Student Academy Award, the “Best in Show” at the 2005 SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater and a student Emmy®.

Shane has a multidisciplinary background in the arts and has worked as a designer and animator before becoming a director. He is a graduate of UCLA where he received both a Masters Degree in Architecture and a Masters in Fine Art in Animation. With over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Shane has worked with amazing companies and in a multitude of production roles from story boarding, previs and concept development to animation, writing and directing.  He is passionate about every aspect of film making and continues to hone his directing skills by writing, producing, and animating his own films.

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