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Shawn Mitchell

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Faculty Associate
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Student Information:
Graduate Student
English (Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies)
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Shawn P. Mitchell is a Faculty Associate teaching for the Film and Media Studies department at ASU while completing his doctorate in Writing, Rhetoric and Literacies. He is also the head of the post-production track at Scottsdale Community College. Before arriving in Arizona, he spent more than 10 years working as an editor and visual effects artist in both Phoenix and Los Angeles. His work includes Oliver Stone’s Fidel Castro documentary, Looking for Fidel, Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental documentary The Eleventh Hour, films produced by multiple Academy Award winning editor Pietro Scalia and regular work on PBS’s flagship news show, “The Newshour.” His films have won awards at numerous festivals including Cannes, CineVegas and the Orlando, Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles Film Festivals.


As a motion graphics and visual effects artist, he has: performed beauty cleanup for Prince, Mariah Carey, Usher and Counting Crows; created shots for the films Alexander, The Manchurian Candidate, and Spiderman; and assembled the opening title sequences for the shows According to Jim and ER. His advertising experience includes editing, graphics and visual effects work for Cold Stone Creamery, Ashley Furniture HomeStore and Ford Motor Company.


Shawn earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California School of Cinema Television. He is currently a Doctoral candidate at Arizona State University where he studies zombies, Pokémon and fantasy football, while teaching upper-division academic courses on film theory and popular culture. He is a member of the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild, an Avid Certified Instructor and a former beekeeper.

  • M.A. Cinema/Television, University of Southern California 2001
  • B.A. English and History (Journalism and Film), Cum Laude, University of Delaware 1998 
Research Interests

Film and video editing theory, particulary in documentary and ethnographic film. Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic representations in film. Zombies, Pokémon and Fantasy Football.


The Undead Urban Horde: Zombie Shotguns, Survivalist Paraphernalia, and Rural Literacies

The Journal of Popular Culture: August 2018 

Article explores the link between the popularity of zombie survival preppers and a decline in the valuing of traditional rural literacies by mainstream, urban culture.

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 340Contemp Amer Film/Pop Culture
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 461Film Theory and Criticism
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 461Film Theory and Criticism