Christopher Shaw


Christopher Shaw

Head, Puttnam School of Film & Animation
  • MA Computer Animation & visualisation, Bournemouth University, UK
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design, University College Falmouth, UK

Chris started his animation career in 1987 with Walt Disney Animation, on the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Chris learned his craft on the job and experienced many different aspects of the animated film process across a variety of departments. In 1989, he started work in Steven Spielberg’s American Tail II in the Animation Department. After completing two animated features, he continued his career as a freelance animator on a variety of TV commercials and clients including BBC News, Paul McCartney, IBM, Reuters News Agency, Lego, Halls, Rice Krispies, Ribena, Barclays Bank and MTV.

As computer animation started to gain credibility in the early 1990s, he decided to further his studies and completed his Master’s degree in Computer Animation & Visualisation at Bournemouth University (UK) in 1993. In 1996 he was invited to Singapore to co-establish a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Computer Animation. He has since been actively involved in a wide range and variety of productions and educational incentives including Co-Chair of the Excellence in Education and Training Convention, External Moderation, Organising and Judging the National Software Competition, writing and producing the opening film for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Convention (2000) on Education.

Chris joined LASALLE College of the Arts in 2007 as Programme Leader for BA(Hons) Animation Art. In 2010, he designed and launched Diploma in Animation. In 2016, Chris was appointed the Head of the Puttnam School of Film & Animation – which incorporates Film, Broadcast Media and Animation Programmes.

Following a severe parachuting accident in 1995, Chris spent 12 months in a wheelchair, punctuated with several corrective surgeries. As a result, he has become an avid student of Tai Chi and has performed at the Singapore National Day Observance. Against his doctor’s orders, he now regularly trains and takes part in 10km and 21km runs on a weekly basis.

Chris is currently enrolled on the PhD programme at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where his research is focused on the pedagogical development of imaginative thinking, which can help encourage students to think more imaginatively.