Shannon Shea

Shannon Shea was a Character CreationShannon Shea Supervisor at Stan Winston Studios and is currently a teacher at Stan Winston School of Character Arts. He has worked on numerous films in the past and was a puppeteer for the sick Triceratops animatronic in the first Jurassic Park film.


Shannon Shea grew up in New Orleans and, as a child, was heavily influenced by the character creation work of Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen. Shea attended CalArts and worked with the experimental character animation program. However, this did not last and he left school in order to pursue a career in special makeup effects. He was hired on at Stan Winston Studios in the mid-1980s and first contributed to the studio during the production of Aliens. He has since contributed to many other film franchises including Jurassic Park. In 2008, Shea, along with his wife Tracy, launched his own internet show, Phantom Harbor. He designed and created all of the miniatures, puppets, and animation.

Selected Filmography

  • Aliens (1986)
  • Predator (1987)
  • Pumpkinhead (1988)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Cats and Dogs (2001)
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Predators (2010)
  • Ted (2012)

Works Cited- Stan Winston School of Character Arts (2013)