THE BEGINNING

WELLING'S CAREER BEGAN IN DANCE, BEFORE HIS RISE IN THE INDIE FILM WORLD. SOON AFTER, HE OPENED THE DANCE STUDIO PLANET FUNK ACADEMY IN HOUSTON, TX.

EARLY LIFE

His career as a dancer saw him performing & choreographing for the NBA World Championship games for the Houston Rockets in 1994 and continued with NFL & NHL half-time shows, Cirque du Soleil (Dralion), Good Morning America, where Diane Sawyer heralded Planet Funk as "legendary."


INTERNATIONAL APPEAL

IN ADDITION TO OVER 1,000 SHOWS WELLING HAS PERFORMED AND CHOREOGRAPHED IN THE U.S.

WELLING WAS SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES IN 2009 BY THE BILATERAL US-ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO BRING HIS DANCE TEAM AND CHOREOGRAPHY UNDER PLANET FUNK TEAM U.S.A. TO PERFORM AT THE 2009 INAUGURATION OF THE RASGAS FACILITY IN QATAR. CONTACTED BY NINA RIDGE OF BUSACC, WELLING AND HIS TEAM PERFORMED ABOUT FIVE DECADES OF AMERICAN DANCE STYLES FOR SHEIKHS AND DIGNITARIES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE QATAR.


WELLING HAS ALSO PRODUCED A VARIETY OF SUCCESSFUL MASTER CLASSES FOR CLIENTS SUCH AS DISNEY'S "THE LION KING" DANCERS AND THE CAST FOR THE BROADWAY HIT "OLIVER!" HE HAS ALSO WORKED WITH WELL-KNOWN DANCE STARS, PHILLIP CHEBEEB, BRIAN FRIEDMAN, I.AM.ME, LES TWINS, AND MANY MORE. WELLING'S STILL PHOTOGRAPHY WORK HAS BEEN USED BY TOP DANCERS AND MODELS AND WAS FEATURED ON THE COVER OF ADOBE PHOTOSHOP USERS MAGAZINE.


IN 2008, A HOUSTON CHRONICLE REPORTER DESCRIBED WELLING AS "A WALKING ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DANCE HISTORY.


VISUAL ARTISTS

WELLING'S PHOTOGRAPHY WORK WAS THE COVER STORY OF THE APRIL/MAY 2011 ISSUE OF PHOTOSHOP USER MAGAZINE. THE MAGAZINE, COVERING ADOBE'S PRODUCT, WAS INTERESTED IN HIS "PRESTIGIOUS" WORK.


IN ADDITION, SONY MUSIC MADE USE OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHY TALENTS IN 2012, "TO CAPTURE THE AMAZING MOTION OF FAMED DANCERS LES TWINS."


FRENCH SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL FUTURA-SCIENCES ALSO USED WELLING'S PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DANCING DUO TO ILLUSTRATE A STORY ON TWIN PHENOTYPES.


HIS NON-DANCE-RELATED PHOTOGRAPHY ALSO APPEARS AS HIGH QUALITY STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY IN MANY PUBLICATIONS.


AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL CONTESTANT HANNAH KAT JONES USED WELLING'S SERVICES FOR A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOSHOOT. AFTER WELLING'S WORKING WITH HER, JONES LANDED A RECURRING ROLE ON THE DISNEY CHANNEL'S AUSTIN & ALLY AS CARRIE, A ROMANTIC INTEREST FOR ONE OF THE MAJOR CHARACTERS, PLAYED BY CALUM WORTHY.

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PERSONAL LIFE

IN 2015, WELLING MARRIED THE REAL LOVE OF HIS LIFE, MICHELLE SIMMONS, A HOUSTON-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER. THEY BROUGH INTO THIS WORLD TWO GIRLS EMMARAIN WELLING (11-11-2018) AND LILLYSKY WELLING (5-25-2021)


WELLING ENTERED 2016 WITH FOUR SHORTS AND TWO FEATURES IN PRODUCTION AND AN AMBITIOUS SLATE OF COMING FEATURES, SHORTS, AND WEBISODES, INCLUDING THE TRUE-LIFE FAMILY FEATURE, "THE BLIMP TRAP."


IN 2017, WELLING RELEASED "STRANGE BIRD", AN AMBITIOUS SPECULATIVE FICTION SHORT FILM WITH AN EPIC FOCUS. STAR, PRESLEE TUCKER, WON A RISING STAR ACTING AWARD FOR HER WORK ON THE FILM, THE EIGHTH ACTING HONOR FOR WELLING FILMS, JOINING OVER FIFTY OFFICIAL ACCOLADES FOR SHAWN WELLING'S SMALL INDEPENDENT STUDIO. THAT YEAR WELLING WAS ALSO NAMED "FILMMAKER AMBASSADOR FOR THE CHINESE/AMERICAN PARTNERSHIP" THAT HAS BECOME A SIGNATURE OF THE WORLDFEST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.


MID FILM CAREER

WELLING FILMS HAS EXPANDED HIS SUCCESSFUL IF I COULD SERIES WITH "IF I COULD RUN (2018), A FULL FEATURE FILM WHICH WON NUMEROUS AWARDS SUCH AS "BEST FEATURE" AND "BEST ACTRESS" WITH DON MILLER OF THE MILLER FAMILY AS PRODUCERS. AFTERWARDS, "AN AMERICAN GHOST TAIL", WAS PRODUCED, STARRING HIS CANINE COMPANION RANGER, ALONGSIDE CHLOE KLITUS, AND PRESLEE TUCKER. AMERICAN GHOST TAIL WON "BEST HORROR FILM" AT THE "GULF COAST FILM FESTIVAL".


ON NOVEMBER 11, 2018, SHAWN AND MICHELLE BROUGHT THEIR FIRST DAUGHTER INTO THE WORLD, EMMARAIN. DURING THIS TIME, SHE MADE HER FIRST MOVIE APPEARANCE AS THE BABY VERSION OF EVENA, AN ALIEN-ASTRONAUT PLAYED BY WORLD OF DANCE'S SOLO CHAMPION IN 2018, EVA IGO.


WELLING FILMS JOINED WITH DEEPWATER PRODUCTIONS TO CREATE "THE LAST ASTRONAUT, FIRST SCREENED AT CINEMARK THEATERS AT WORLDFEST.


THE MOVIE, "THE LAST ASTRONAUT" WENT ON TO WIN 5 AWARDS, "RISING STAR - EVA IGO", "BEST YOUNG ACTRESS - CHLOE KLITUS", "BEST YOUNG ACTRESS - ALEXIS ARNOLD", "BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY", "BEST SCI-FI FEATURE", AND 1 NOMINATION FOR "BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR" - DARRIN HENSON.


LATTER FILM CAREER

FOR 2019 - 2020, WELLING HAS COMPLETED PRODUCTION IN DIRECTING FOR DEEPWATER PRODUCTIONS MOTION PICTURE GROUP "NARCO SUB" WOULD RETURN WELLING BACK TO DIRECTING LEE MAJORS ALONG WITH ROBERT LASARDO AND ACTION FAVORITE TOM SIZEMORE - PLUS AN ADVENTUROUS SCI-FI DRAMA "MONSTROUS: INTERVIEW WITH A KILLER".


WELLING ALSO PRODUCED AND DIRECTED 3 AWARD WINNING SHORTS THAT YEAR AND ANOTHER K-9 BASED FEATURETTE IN 2020 CALLED "FLIGHT 483" WITH PRODUCERS OF LIFE AND SIGHTS.


CURRENT FILM CAREER

WELLING WOULD FOLLOW 2021 WITH THE AMBITIOUS DARK COMEDY FEATURE "THE GREAT AMERICAN ACTION HERO" BRINGING BACK LEE MAJORS PLUS ADDING JAKE BUSY (STARSHIP TROOPER) AND TERRY KISER OF (WEEKEND AT BERNIES) TO THE CAST ALONG WITH SOME STRONG LOCAL ACTORS FROM "MONSTEROUS" AND "NARCO SUB".


IN THE FALL OF 2021 WELLING WOULD REUNITE WITH EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DON MILLER FOR THE EXCITING CINEMA RETELLING OF THE NOVEL "IF I COULD RIDE", A FANTASTIC COMING OF AGE FEATURE FILM OF TWO TEENS (EVA IGO AND LEXI ARNOLD) SET IN THE BACKDROP OF WINDSOR VERMONT AMONGST EQUESTRIAN COMPETITIVE HORSE VENTURES.