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Shane Richard Acker (born in 1971) is an American film-maker. He is best known for creating the 2005 short "9", which later became a feature film four years later.

He was set to direct The Adventures of Thomas, but the film was cancelled shortly after Mattel bought HiT. [1]


  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  • 9 (2009; alongside Arc Productions)
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
  • Total Recall (2012)
  • 47 Ronin (2013)

Major awards and nominations

  • Crystal Anvil Award UCLA Animation Workshop, 2013
  • Academy Award Nominee Best Animated short -“9”, 2006
  • Student Academy Award Gold Medal for Best Animated Short -“9”, 2005
  • Best of Show SIGGRAPH, 2005
  • 1st Place Student Emmys Non-Traditional Animation, 2005
  • Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short Florida Film Festival, 2005
  • Best Animated Short Film Newport Beach Film Festival, 2005
  • Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Animation Indianapolis International Film Festival, 2005
  • 3D Character Animation Award: 1st Prize Animex International Festival of Animation, 2005
  • Junior Jury Award for Best Student Animation Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 2005
  • Best College Animation George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, 2005
  • Student Best of Show George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, 2005
  • Best CGI and Audience Award for CGI Melbourne International Animation Festival, 2005
  • Best Animated Short BENDFilm, 2005
  • Best Animation Next Reel Film Festival, 2005
  • First Prize ArtFutura, 2005
  • Gold Award Beijing Film Academy International Student Film, 2005

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