BOOKS

A list of the books Shawn has authored and illustrated as well as projects on which he's been privileged to collaborate

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MIGHTY WORDS FROM MIGHTY WOMEN
AUTHOR

 Mighty Words From Mighty Women is an incredible collection of motivating, inspiring, and self-affirming quotes that will challenge you to change your narrative. Mighty Words From Mighty Women places women in the spotlight where they belong, shining a light on those who may be struggling in life. Sometimes, all you need are the right words at the right time to change how you see the world… including yourself.

AMAZON

PROJECTS 

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EDGE OF HER MIND ANTHOLOGY
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

 From award-winning filmmaker, Dawn Fields (Dancer and the Boy, Fragile Storm) EDGE OF HER MIND ANTHOLOGY is A diverse collection of short films featuring women dealing with various mental and emotional health issues such as grief, body image, dementia, mortality, homophobia, transphobia and more.

Studio: Palm Street Films

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Every time I work on a project, it's magic, no matter what the project is.​​​​​​​​​​
Steven Spielberg
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DOPE AMERICAN APATHY RELOADED
ASSISTING DESIGN STUDIO AND PROPS

 

Nine years, three full-length albums, and several trends have past since dope's debut CD hit the streets back in 1999. Since then, Dope has toured virtually non-stop, increasing their fan base and Soundscanning over a half-million records in the US alone. AMERICAN APATHY RELOADED contains 9 remixed tracks from Dope's 2005 AMERICAN APATHY album along with a DVD featuring 9 incredible live performances. Once again We were hired by F3 Studios to work as their studio assistant, prop handler, wrangler and design assistant on this amazing photo shoot.

Label: Sheridan Square

ASIN: B0019R4TJG 

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SOIL TRUE SELF
 ASSISTING DESIGN STUDIO AND PROPS

 

Soil's third full-length album finds the Chicago-based heavies with a new lead singer. Newcomer A.J. Cavalier (longtime vocalist Ryan McCombs joined Drowning Pool in 2004). It only takes a few seconds into lead off track "Fight for Life" to get that True Self is a rock heading toward an awfully big glass window. We were hired by F3 Studios to be utilized in the concept design of the album art an to be the studio assistant for this shoot.

 

Label: DRT

ASIN: B000F8DB7Q

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DOPE AMERICAN APATHY
ASSISTING DESIGN STUDIO AND PROPS

 

Once again, we were hired by F3 Studios to work as their studio assistant, prop handler, wrangler and design assistant on this amazing photo shoot.

Label: Artemis Records

ASIN: B0009VKT9C

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MAN OF STEEL

PROPS / SPECIAL EFFECTS

 From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder. We were on set wrangling props, working with the glass effects and having a SUPER experience.

Studio: Warner Bros.

CONTAGION

PROPS / SPECIAL EFFECTS

  When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minneapolis from business in Hong Kong, what she thought was jet lag takes a virulent turn. Two days later, she’s dead in the ER and the doctors tell her shocked and grieving husband (Matt Damon) they have no idea why. We were hired to work on props and special effects. Look for the scene where the window is smashed by Matt Damon.

Studio: Warner Bros.

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DANCER AND THE BOY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 

From award-winning filmmaker Dawn Fields (Found, Fragile Storm) The Dancer & The Boy is a short film about how the lines between fantasy and reality become blurred when a troubled young girl dreams of forgiveness and redemption

Studio: Palm Street Films

FOUND

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 

From award-winning filmmaker Dawn Fields (Dancer and the Boy, Fragile Storm) FOUND is a short film about a devastating secret that s revealed when two childhood friends are reunited after being estranged for over ten years.

Studio: Palm Street Films

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SLITHERYN SNAKE JAPAN

ASSISTING DESIGN STUDIO AND PROPS

Corey Taylor is best known as the singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour, but did you know that he's also performed with (and produced) a kids' metal band? The vocalist came across a cover of Slipknot's "Eyeless" on the Internet; it came by a Chicago nu-metal group comprising five rockers between the ages of 11 and 14. Intrigued, Taylor reached out to them, and wound up producing the quintet's debut EP, Snake. We were hired by to provide props, including BELT the snake and assist on the photo shoot, which provided the artwork for this album.

Label: Bad News Japan

ASIN: B000069KTG

FASHION BOMB DEVILS TO SOME ANGELS TO OTHERS

ASSISTING DESIGN STUDIO AND PROPS

We were hired as the studio assistant, prop handler, wrangler and design assistant. A fun shoot where we had to fill a huge table with prop bones and skulls. Interesting fact: I utilized a skull originally created for the film THE CAVE. Look for it in the center of the band photo.

 

Label: Full Effect Ent

ASIN: B00197U0LM

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DANIEL'S WINDOW STRANGELY LOOKING FORWARD

ASSISTING DESIGN STUDIO AND PROPS

 

Daniel's Window fuses elements of pop, rock, worship, and hiphop on their third album. This energetic pack of tunes includes "The Solid Rock", "Such a Long Time", "You Reign", and more. We were hired by F3 Studios to build the telescope prop, assist with the photo shoot and design for the album art and stage. The telescope prop was also utilized by the band for their stage tour.

 

Label: Cul de Sac

ASIN: B01G652R94

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TED POLEY COLLATERAL DAMAGE

 ASSISTING DESIGN STUDIO AND PROPS

 

We were hired as the studio assistant, prop handler, wrangler and design assistant. Who doesn't like to make dynamite and then pile it up around babies?

 

Label: Kivel Records

ASIN: B000OF0K56

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VIS@40 CRUELTY TO HUMANS

 ASSISTING DESIGN STUDIO AND PROPS

 

Chicago metal band Vis@40 Cruelty 2 Humans was released by the group under in its earlier identity, and despite trappings of an all-out metal assault, and song titles such as "Squirm," the band actually promoted the effort as kind of melodic form of the genre, even promising "hooks" of the sort disc jockeys like, and not the kind used in torture dungeons. We were hired by F3 Studios to design the metal props and torture devices utilized in the concept design of the album art an be the studio assitant for this shoot.

 

Label: Surf Records

ASIN: B01G64MMO0

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TOUR DE FORCE UNRELEASED

 ASSISTING DESIGN STUDIO AND PROPS

 

We were hired as the studio assistant, prop handler, wrangler and design assistant. I was able to locate the brightest butterfly I had ever seen named the Urania Leilus. The butterfly turned out to be a moth indigenous to Peru. Interesting fact: my son NIKKI LEE NOWOTNIK was also the model for the shoot.

 

Label: Kivel Records

ASIN: B000LWNQGW

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ADRIAN GALE CRUNCH  

ASSISTING DESIGN STUDIO AND PROPS

 

We were hired to build the giant weight props, assist with the photo shoot and design for the album art .

 

Label: Perris Records

ASIN: B00029BPLM

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SUICIDE PREVENTION SERVICES                                               BRINGING TOGETHER AN ARTIST AND A NON-PROFIT TO SAVE LIVES

 

When SPS America is a non-profit organization based in Batavia, IL. The vision was to bring two different worlds together to rebuild this organization's fund-raising campaigns. Our team had the privilege to work alongside some of the most committed employees and volunteers in the world. The result: a stunning reboot of fund-raising events, new revenue streams and a rejuvenated organization which continues to grow and help save lives.

CINDY MORGAN                                                                            
AN ACTRESS, AN ACTOR AND A MEDIA LIAISON TAKE ON COMIC-CON

 

When Cindy approached us to handle her branding and Comic-Con convention, we were a little surprised. But after meeting, we realized why she had chosen to go with an artsy group over the usual big agencies. As her entertainment fan base continues to grow and opportunities to become a spokes model are offered, her branding needed to reflect not only her career, but her health and beauty aspects of her life. We took on the challenge head on and are delighted with the results!

AMERICAN MULTI CINEMA (DALIAN WANDA GROUP) 

​TURNING WALLS INTO ART, MEDIA IMPRESSIONS AND TICKET SALES

 

Working with American Multi Cinema and now with their new owners Dalian Wanda Group along with major movie studios such as Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony/Columbia Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and more, continued creating dozens of unique eye-catching wall displays in theaters all over the Chicago area. Our marketing has resulted in thousands upon thousands of media impressions. Campaigns include, STAR WARS, AVENGERS, FAST and THE FURIOUS, TED, and more. The end results of our combined marketing efforts are reason for celebration as these movies have been the primary force in stronger consumer spending at the box office year after year.

COLLECTING HOLLYWOOD WITH SCISSORS

BRINGING A DREAMER, GUINNESS RECORDS AND A BOOK TOGETHER

 

A not so regular story about a regular guy who has cut the locks of Hollywood’s legendary stars like Jane Russell, Tippi Hedren and Mickey Rooney among others. Oddly, the author doesn't have a fancy salon in a trendy location and he also lacks other commonalities shared by people whom cut celebrities hair: formal training and a license. And that's just the beginning.

 

 

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ARTISTS BUREAU   

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

 The first online talent agency. Before MySpace or Facebook became household names, there was Artists Bureau.com. Artists Bureau featured actors, artists, designers, illustrators, models, musicians, and photographers and all by the click of a mouse. While historic agencies were still hesitant that the Internet was a fad Artists Bureau was fully embracing this life-changing service that would disrupt and reinvent how business was done.