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Shane Patrick Mahan (born September 22, 1964) is an American special effects creator, creature designer, puppeteer and producer known for his work at Stan Winston Studio and its successor, Legacy Effects. His film credits include The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day; Aliens; Predator and Predator 2; The Lost World: Jurassic Park; Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3; Pacific Rim and The Shape of Water.[1][2]

Shane Mahan
Shane Patrick Mahan

1964 (age 54–55)
Greenville, Michigan
OccupationCreature design, prosthetic make up & special effects supervisor




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. After Stan winston's passing he formed Legacy effects with three partners who were also his former colleagues at Stan Winston studios and this has now become the Leading VFX company in Hollywood [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 Oscar 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] He lives in Los Angeles.

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  1. ^ "Movies & TV". Filmography. New York Times. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  2. ^ Seymour, M (9 May 2008). "Iron Man - Rock Solid". Fxguide. Archived from the original on 4 August 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b Lytal, Christy (27 April 2008). "In 'Iron Man,' he's the heavy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  4. ^ Leydon, Joe (13 August 2007). "review: Skinwalkers". Daily Variety. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  5. ^ a b Strauss, Bob (13 December 2009). "Valley company crucial to Avatar's special effects". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on 17 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  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. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  9. ^ "2009 BAFTA Awards". BAFTA. Archived from the original on 11 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Nominations for the 35th Annual Saturn Awards". Saturn Award. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2010.

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