Multi-Emmy Award winning filmmaker Shane Stanley has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set with hit shows like Seinfeld and Gridiron Gang but his career didn’t start there. When Shane was only nine months old, he appeared in his first national commercial which led to a life as a child actor. Shane became ‘that kid’ who was seen in several of the Encyclopedia Britannica educational and safety films that were mandated viewing in schools across the country. Before Shane was out of fifth grade he appeared on-screen in over 100 films and commercials with such Hollywood legends as June Lockhart, Lloyd Haynes, and David Arkin.
As a youngster, Shane learned skills in the camera and editorial departments from his father, Lee, who was a working actor and filmmaker and by the time he was ten, Shane was comfortably running an Arri 16mm camera, a flatbed-editor and Moviola. Along with his father, Shane produced The Desperate Passage Series, which was nominated for 33 individual Emmy Awards and won 13 statues. In this series, five of the seven specials went #1 in the Neilson Ratings, which included A Time for Life and Gridiron Gang. A Time for Life, (created by Shane), was acquired by Disney as a feature film and won the coveted Christopher Award. After an intense bidding war with four major studios, Gridiron Gang was produced by SONY Pictures into a #1 Box Office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson which Shane Executive Produced. After the films release, The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors honored Shane for the positive impact his work has had on society.
As Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Entertainment, Shane produced a dozen motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei and of course, Charlie and Martin Sheen. Shane co-wrote two of the films and worked closely with several top executives from concept to delivery of each project and discovered a passion for directing during this time and made his directorial debut on his own screenplay, A Sight For Sore Eyes which was honored with the Special Jury Award at WorldFest Houston, won two Telly Awards for writing and directing as well as winning top honors at the International Family Film Festival alongside Walden Media’s Chronicles of Narnia. The film ultimately won dozens of prestigious international awards and was invited to screen at The Cannes Film Festival.
Shane has directed countless music videos, many which have aired on VH1’s Top 20 Video Countdown including two that went #1 and another that made the network’s Best 100 Music Videos list including the Billboard chart-topper, “Go That Far” with Poison's Bret Michaels supporting the hit television series Rock of Love, where Shane also served as a consulting producer. From there, he produced and directed dozens of national television commercials including campaigns for Morongo Resorts, San Manuel, Westgate Las Vegas, Kimberly Clark, Snapple, Virgin Airways, Sony PlayStation, and mega-hit gaming franchise Call of Duty. Since then, Shane has completed five motion pictures and two television pilots including The Untold Story which released in theaters nationwide in 2019 and Mistrust starring two-time Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner, Jane Seymour which premiered on Showtime Networks that June. Shane just wrapped principle photography on the action thriller, Break Even which he produced with Adam Kane (Prodigal Son, 24: Live Another Day, UnREAL) starring Tasya Teles (The 100), James Callis (Blood & Treasure), Golden Globe nominee, Joanna Pacula, Steve Guttenberg and Ivan Sergei and is set for a 2020 world-wide release.
Last year, Shane took a busman’s holiday and penned “What You Don’t Learn in Film School” a book covering filmmaking from concept to delivery and what he's learned in his 45 years working in Hollywood. The paperback has already landed on the required reading lists at several universities across the country and is endorsed by some of the most respected names in the industry. Currently, Shane is in development on his next slate of films and ready to start production this spring.
In addition to his Emmys, Shane has received 11 Telly Awards, 2 CINE Golden Eagles Awards, 5 Aurora Awards, 4 WorldFest Remi Awards, and 28 International Film Festival Awards. He has spoken at several prestigious film and art institutes around the country including The Screen Writers Expo and sits on several advisory boards for several film schools and art programs. Shane is a contributing columnist for Student Filmmaker Magazine and he and his wife, Val are very active in charities supporting cancer research, restoring hope for inner-city youth and animal rescue.