Shane Mahan

Academy Award nominated Animatronic and Special Effects Makeup Character Creator, 25-year SWS Supervisor and Co-Founder of Legacy Effects


Within mere months of Legacy Effects opening their doors, Animatronic and Special Effects Character Creator Shane Mahan was recognized with an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects for leading the Stan Winston Studio IRON MAN team. Crediting his work to the artists who worked under him, the nomination was a true testament to the level of professional artistry at Stan Winston Studio and that’s now housed in Legacy's San Fernando based studio.

Shane moved to California during the special makeup and character effects boom of the early 1980's. Shortly after school, he began working at various creature effects studios around Hollywood, eventually landing on the steps of Stan Winston Studio. Shane’s first film for SWS was James Cameron’s classic THE TERMINATOR, where he served as Key Sculptor. Thus began his relationships with some of Hollywood’s A-list filmmakers, as he devoted his talents to the long list of projects he created, designed, coordinated, or supervised effects for, including such classics as ALIENS, PREDATOR, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, JURASSIC PARK, and BIG FISH. In 2001, Shane’s diverse talents and skills earned him the title of Co-Producer on HBO’s CREATURE FEATURES where he not only designed and coordinated the character and creature effects, but also lent his experience and vast knowledge of classic horror films to produce and enhance the series.

Having worked with the legendary Stan Winston for over two decades, it seemed fitting that Shane, along with John Rosengrant, Lindsay Macgowan and Alan Scott, would carry the torch of practical/makeup effects to lead the industry into the next generation of filmmaking by founding Legacy Effects in 2008. With inherent aptitude, Shane pursues each project with a commitment to artistic excellence and enthusiasm unrivaled in the industry. Having wrapped up work on Jon Favreau’s IRON MAN 2, Shane and Legacy were immediately involved in another epic adventure for Marvel, THOR, from director Kenneth Branagh. Recently, he’s been back in the saddle with Jon Favreau for Dreamworks’ COWBOYS AND ALIENS.

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Shane has been Stan’s secret weapon for all the years of Stan Winston Studio…Shane Mahan is the real deal and an artistic powerhouse.
Jamie Kelman
Emmy Winning Special Makeup Effects artist and founder of