Mr. Shannon currently teaches Special Effects (Cine 136) which teaches students the basics of AfterEffects and Motion.
Mr. Shannon has been an independent filmmaker since starting Film School at San Francisco State University in 1967. In 1972 he won First Prize Award in the Berkeley Independent Film Festival in the Experimental Category for his film Lucky 4's, which was the first independent short ever produced using bipak printing techniques on the J-K Optical Printer System. Between 1982 and 1987, starting with Poltergeist and ET and finishing with Howard the Duck, Mr. Shannon worked on every ILM special effects show. In 1996 Mr. Shannon started producing short movies on Hi8 and DV for his project SF TimeCap 2000, an interactive video time capsule on DVD. This project is unique in that it contains over 19 hours of professional quality "Street Documentaries" on a myriad of SF events, protests, cultural and sub-cultural themes. There are over 200 separate, discrete movies contained in this DVD ranging in length between 1 and 40 minutes. These movies were edited over a one year period by a team of nine editors trained in the CCSF Film Program. Currently sftimecap is a cool and popular YouTube channel showing Michael Shannon's recent work.