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Shane Acker

Shane Acker (born 1971, Wheaton, Illinois)[1] is an Academy Award-nominated Film Director and Screenwriter well known for directing 9 which is based on his 2005 student award-winning film, 9. He also worked as animator on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Shane Acker studied at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture and originally set a goal of becoming an Architect but instead chose a film career. He started out with The Hangnail 1999 2-D animated film for Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation and latter worked as director on The Astounding Talent of Mr. Grenade. In 2005 he directed the award-winning animated short film 9 which won a student award and was showed at SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater. Tim Burton saw Aker's short film and together along with producer, Timur Bekmambetov made the feature film alongside with Attitude Studios in Lexumbourg and Starz Animation in Toronto. Shane Acker is currently working as a freelance director living in Los Angeles.



Shane Acker has cited The Brothers Quay, Jan Švankmajer, and brothers Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein as inspirations.[2]



Feature films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) (animator:Weta Digital)
  • 9 (2009) (story, director)

Short films


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