Cassie Shao is an animator originally from China, grew up in New Zealand, and received Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Animation & Digital Arts at University of Southern California.

Her choice of animation as an art form was based on her life-long interest for animation and its ability to visualise and directly conjure forth imagery without limits or boundaries.

Her primary interest is experimental narrative animation. Since an younger age, she often doubted the intention of justice while favouring the courage of villains as they baldly demonstrate their desires. She has empathy for characters traditionally presented as immoral, or antagonistic.