Rob Shaw (filmmaker)

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Rob Shaw is an American film director, television director, commercial and music video director, and animator.[1] He is a graduate of University of the Arts (Philadelphia).


In 2006, Rob Shaw joined the animation studio Bent Image Lab,[2] Portland, Oregon, where he began directing commercials, music videos, internet projects, and eventually long and short form television.

In 2007, he directed the music video for the song "I'm Impressed,"[3] the debut single from the album "The Else" by the band They Might Be Giants. The video won a Gold Plaque at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival (Television Section, Hugo Awards).

In 2008, Shaw directed a second music video for They Might Be Giants, called "C.A.D." Also in 2008, Shaw was principal director on a series of Bessie Award winning internet shorts for the British Columbia Dairy Association's campaign "Must Drink More Milk."

In 2014, Shaw directed Polariffic, an animated children's television special produced for Hallmark Channel by Bent Image Lab.


The Machine - A modern day cautionary fable about humans and machines, won Best Animated Short from the 2010 Atlanta Film Festival.[4] The film made its world premiere in the 2009 Anima Mundi[5] festival in Brazil.

Portlandia (TV series) "Rats" stop-motion segments for Independent Film Channel - “Best Television Program for Adults” 2012 Ottawa International Animation Festival.[6]

Polariffic - Hallmark Channel animated children's television special nominated for a 2015 Annie Awards[7] for Best Animated Special.

Commercial Clients[edit]

Rob Shaw's commercial clients include Koodo (“El Tabador” 5-year campaign), Gatorade, Hasbro, Cadbury, Alltel, Zune, Guitar Hero, and Kellogg's.



Short films[edit]

  • The Machine (2010)