Shane Mahan

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Shane Mahan
Born Shane Patrick Mahan
1964 (age 52–53)
Los Angeles California
Nationality American
Occupation Creature Design, Prosthetic make up & special effects artist

Shane Patrick Mahan (born September 22, 1964) is an American special effects creator and creature designer and puppeteer and producer known for his work in special effects, creature concept design and for creating the bodysuits and effects for the characters in Avengers, Iron Man in the 2008 film of the same name.[1][2] and several other award winning and Oscar nominated movies including Pacific Rim and recently the live action version of Disney's Jungle Book.


Mahan was born and raised in Greenville, Michigan. After graduating from Greenville High School in 1981 he left for Hollywood. His first job was with Stan Winston Studios as a crew member working on The Terminator in 1983.[3] There he worked as a creature effects supervisor until becoming one of the co-owners in 2007.[4]

Mahan and his design team made the special suits worn by Robert Downey, Jr. in the film Iron Man. They also designed the suit for Iron Man which was ten feet tall, weighed 800lbs and required 5 operators to puppeteer. Besides several other nominations, Mahan and his team were nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for 'Best Achievement in Visual Effects' for Iron Man.[3] The team was hired as concept artists by James Cameron for his film Avatar. This was special for Mahan as his first special effects credits were for the film The Terminator.[5]

Mahan worked for Stan Winston Studios until the death of Stan Winston in 2008 when he and three other veterans of the company, Lindsay MacGowan, J. Alan Scott and John Rosengrant, incorporated Legacy Effects, a character design, make-up and animatronic studio, so named in honor of the late Winston's legacy and lifelong achievements.[5][6]


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  1. ^ "Movies & TV". Filmography. New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  2. ^ Seymour, M (9 May 2008). "Iron Man - Rock Solid". Fxguide. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Lytal, Christy (27 April 2008). "In 'Iron Man,' he's the heavy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  4. ^ Leydon, Joe (13 August 2007). "review: Skinwalkers". Daily Variety. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Strauss, Bob (13 December 2009). "Valley company crucial to Avatar's special effects". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  6. ^ Zahed, Ramin (14 August 2008). "Stan Winston’s Legacy Celebrated at SIGGRAPH". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "2008 13th Annual SATELLITE Awards". International Press Academy. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  9. ^ "2009 BAFTA Awards". BAFTA. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Nominations for the 35th Annual Saturn Awards". Saturn Award. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 

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