Sean Patrick McNamara is an Irish-American writer, director and producer of the break out hit “Soul Surfer” (Tri-Star Pictures). “Spare Parts” from the Wired Magazine article “La Vida Robot” (Lionsgate), “The Moon and the Sun” (Focus Features), “Raise Your Voice” (New Line Cinema), “Hoovey,” “Field Of Lost Shoes” and many more Feature Films and Television shows have been Helmed and produced by Sean.
He grew up in Burbank California a half a block from Walt Disney Studios where he delivered the news paper there every afternoon on his bike for 3 years.
He’s the youngest of six kids, and always lived with parents, grandparents, great Aunts, dogs, birds and fish.
When he was twelve, Sean’s family took a vacation to Ireland. Perhaps knowing what a magical Journey of transcontinental flight would be like for a child, Sean’s father, Michael McNamara, bought him a super-8 camera at the Shannon Airport. Enthralled, he loaded it as the plane taxied down the runway and captured the first of what would be hundreds of films, television and movies with his love of story telling through a lens.
He went on to Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara University’s to study Film, Television and Theatre Arts.
His first job was for Academy Awards director Marty Pasetta during college plugging in microphones for President Reagan’s Inauguration and has never stopped since.
In 1997 Sean co-founded Brookwell McNamara Entertainment with business partner David Brookwell. Together they have produced feature films for Sony, NewLine Cinema, Focus Features, Lionsgate Films to name a few. Their Television includes series and hundreds of episodes for The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and The “N” to name a few more. He has won a BAFTA, is a 5 time Emmy Award nominated Producer and 4 time Directors Guild of America Award nominee. Soul Surfer received many awards and a Cinema Score A+. Soon to be released “Field of Lost Shoes” just won “Best Dramatic Feature” at the GI a Film Festival.
Sean is known as an “Actors Director.” He works with stars who range from Academy Award winners such as Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino and Nominees like James Woods to Major movie stars such as Pierce Brosnan, Dennis Quaid to the new generation including Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Alba. Sean also collaborates with the best writing talent including Academy Award winner Ron Bass.
Sean lives in Playa Del Rey, California with his loving family which include Christina, three amazing boys, dogs, fish and he just finished working on his 10 year olds first movie. He plugged in microphones and continues to hold the camera on this magical journey of story telling.