Multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set with hit shows like Entertainment Tonight and Seinfeld but his career didn’t start there. When Shane was only nine months old, he appeared in his first national commercial, which led to life as a childhood actor. Appearing mostly in commercials, Shane became ‘that kid’ who was seen in several of the Encyclopedia Britannica educational and safety films that were mandated viewing in schools across North America. Before Shane was out of fifth grade he had appeared on-screen in over 100 projects with such Hollywood legends as June Lockhart, Lloyd Haynes, and David Arkin.
As a youngster, Shane learned skills in the camera and editorial departments and by age ten was comfortably running an Arri 16mm camera, a flatbed-editor, and Moviola. Along with his father, Lee, 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 Nielson 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 acquired by Sony Pictures and produced into a #1 Box Office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
For three years, Shane was Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Entertainment where he produced several motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, John Travolta, and of course, Charlie and Martin Sheen. During his downtime, Shane began writing and penned several episodes of Zalman King's Red Shoe Diaries, edited motion pictures, and created an original television series for Jeff Segansky, former Head of CBS before producing Dream Chasers for Discovery Channel, a television adventure program filmed in several different countries in the aftermath of 9/11.
In 2004, Shane made his directorial debut on his own screenplay, A Sight For Sore Eyes. The film was honored with the Special Jury Award at WorldFest Houston, won two Telly Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Film & Television as well as winning top honors at the International Family Film Festival along with Walden Media’s, The Chronicles of Narnia. A Sight for Sore Eyes ultimately won dozens of prestigious awards and was invited to screen at Cannes in 2005.
Shane has directed countless music videos, many of which have aired on VH1’s Top 20 Video Countdown including two that went #1 and another that made the network’s list of Best 100 Music Videos including “Go That Far” with Bret Michaels supporting the hit television series Rock of Love, where Shane also served as a consulting producer. From there, Shane produced and directed 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.
In 2006 Shane Executive Produced Gridiron Gang, the #1 Box Office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson for SONY Pictures based on Stanley’s Emmy Award-winning documentary of the same title. After the picture was released, The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors honored Shane for the positive impact his work has had on society.
David Madden, then President of Fox Television recruited Shane to develop projects for the shingle, which he did until opting to return to filmmaking. Since then, Shane has completed five motion pictures and two television pilots including The Untold Story and Mistrust starring two-time Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner, Jane Seymour which premiered on Showtime Networks.
Recently, Shane accepted a busman’s holiday of sorts to author “What You Don’t Learn in Film School” a book that covers filmmaking from concept to delivery. The paperback has already landed on required reading lists at several universities across the country and is endorsed by some of the most respected names in Hollywood. Rave reviews have piled up including The Pacific Book Review which calls it: “An iconoclastic and invaluable course of 'real world practical' instruction and directly usable information that is unreservedly recommended as a film school curriculum…This book is a very valuable resource which needs to be in everyone's bookshelf from the beginning actor to the accomplished director/producer.” Neal Moritz, producer of The Fast & Furious franchise and S.W.A.T. says, “It pulls no punches. It's one of the most insightful and accurate books ever written on the subject...A master class bridging the gap between school and real-life experience that will save you years of heartache. A must-read for anyone interested in pursuing a career in film.”
This fall, Shane completed the action thriller, Break Even which he Directed and also 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, and Steve Guttenberg. Break Even is set for its North American release on December 1st through Sony Home Entertainment and releasing worldwide starting in January 2021 through Artist View Entertainment. Currently, Shane is in production on Double Threat, an action-comedy he’s producing and directing starring Danielle C. Ryan, Matthew Lawrence, Dawn Olivieri, Kevin Joy, Andrea Logan, and Mo Gallini.
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, the world’s largest tradeshow for screenwriters alongside Oliver Stone, Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter), and Adam Herz (American Pie) about the secrets of marketing to today’s youth.
Shane is on several advisory boards for film schools and art programs across the country and is a contributing columnist for Student Filmmaker Magazine and NoFilmSchool.com as well as an instructor with Stage32.com, FilmCourage.com and IndieFilmHustle.com He and his wife, actress Val Barri are very active in charities supporting cancer research, restoring hope for inner-city youth and animal rescue.