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SHAWN BARRETT

Technical Director / PM / Business Development

Shawn Started his career at 20 at Disney Imagineering as a lighting apprentice in lighting and special effects on the EPCOT Center and Disney parks. He complimented his entertainment career by studying business management and during the past 38 years held positions as executive producer, creative director, marketing business analyst and creative technical director, collaborating on hundreds of productions, promoting patented technologies to fortune 500 companies, government tourism boards, location-based entertainment, and major studio theme parks, including Warner Bros, Paramount, Universal Studios and Disney. He has consulted on large multimedia LBE and Event projects for 20+ years across the MENA region Incl. Dubailand for the Dubai government. In January 2020 he was contracted as design CTO and project manager for Saudi Arabia’s $1.4BN entertainment festivals in Jeddah and Riyadh. His immersive media education started in 1985 while collaborating with Louie Schwartzberg, the award-winning pioneer/director of large format time-lapse cinematography, and Ivan Dryer, visionary entertainment inventor of lasers projections. In 1998, Shawn won the Innovation Award from the European Office of Innovative Enterprises for the Virtual Reality FX Theater, a multisensory domed theatre supporting 3D, mixed media content and special laser technology. In 2013, he returned to Los Angeles to research emerging immersive technologies in VR / AR / XR / Volumetric and light field cinema. At Nextep Designs he is leading groundbreaking engineering & immersive media productions for major clients in the distressed cinema market, The METDOME- an E-Games Sports & Music Franchise, and METAMALL – both location-based retail complexes using AR, XR and Ai patented display technologies.