Shane Stanley

Shane Stanley

Filmmaker | Author | Educator at Rolling Thunder Films

Los Angeles, California

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About Shane

Shane Stanley is a multi-Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author who grew up in/around “the biz” in Hollywood. As a childhood actor, he had appeared on-screen in over 100 projects, including with Hollywood legends June Lockhart, Lloyd Haynes, and David Arkin. By age ten, he was comfortably running an Arri 16mm camera, a flatbed editor, and Moviola.

Along with his father, Lee Stanley, Shane produced The Desperate Passage Series. The docu-drama series ran on KTLA with worldwide syndication from 1988 to 1994, was nominated for 33 individual Emmy Awards, and won 13 statues. Two episodes of the series went on to become successful feature films, Gridiron Gang was acquired by Sony Pictures and became the #1 box office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

Shane served as 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 that time, he also began writing and penned several episodes of Zalman King's Red Shoe Diaries, edited motion pictures, and created an original television series for Jeff Sagansky, 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 with 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. It went on to win dozens of prestigious awards and was invited to screen at Cannes in 2005.

Shane has also 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. The Michaels’ video was used for the television series Rock of Love, where Shane also served as a consulting producer.

Stanley has also 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.” Other credits to his name include The Untold Story and Mistrust, starring two-time Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Jane Seymour, which premiered on Showtime.

At the end of 2020, 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. Currently, Shane is in post-production on the film Double Threat, an action-comedy starring Danielle C. Ryan, Matthew Lawrence, Dawn Olivieri, Kevin Joy, and Mo Gallini. The film was conceptualized and successfully executed during the height of the pandemic; positioning Stanley as the go-to resource on COVID safety and protocol on film sets. The film landed on The New York Times Top 5 Action Films to stream in the summer of 2022, and landed on Amazon Prime's Top 10 list for over three weeks (peaking at #4) mixed with studio films with over $100M budgets. Currently, Shane is preparing his next film, Night Train for a January 2023 theatrical release which stars Danielle C. Ryan, Diora Baird, Ivan Sergei, Joe Lando, Abraham Benrubi and Joseph D. Reitman.

His book, “What You Don’t Learn in Film School,” which has been a best-seller earning a 4.5-star rating across the board landed on The 20 Best Filmmaking Audiobooks of All-Time, covers filmmaking from concept to delivery. It has landed on required reading lists at several universities around the world and is endorsed by some of the most respected names in Hollywood including Producer, Neal H. Moritz, (Fast & Furious, S.W.A.T., 21 and 22 Jump Street) and Paul Williams, Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Grammy® Award Winner and Hall of Fame songwriter.

In addition to his Emmy Awards, Stanley 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 franchise), and Adam Herz (American Pie) about the secrets of marketing to today’s youth.

He is on several advisory boards for film schools and art programs across the country and is a contributing columnist for Student Filmmakers Magazine and No Film School as well as a regular lecturer on Stage 32, Script Revolution, Film Courage, and Indie Film Hustle. Recently, Shane was chosen by several prestigious universities to represent filmmakers to testify before the US Library of Congress to help amend a 1978 copyright law that makes traditional learning difficult for film school students during the COVID/virtual learning era.

He and his wife, actress Val Barri, are active in charities supporting cancer research, restoring hope for inner-city youth, and animal rescue. They live in Los Angeles.

Shane's book is available at Amazon, Barns & Noble and anywhere books are sold.


  • Night Train

    Night Train
    Film (Action and Thriller) Producer/Director

  • Double Threat

    Double Threat
    Film by Rolling Thunder Films (Action, Adventure and Comedy) Producer/Director

  • Gridiron Gang

    Gridiron Gang
    Film by Sony Pictures (Drama and Sport) Executive Producer

  • Break Even

    Break Even
    Film by Captcha Entertainment Producer/Director

  • Mistrust

    Film by Visual Arts Entertainment (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Writer/Producer/Director

  • My Trip to the Dark Side (Series)

    My Trip to the Dark Side (Series)
    Film by Visual Arts Entertainment (Comedy, Drama, Thriller and Biography) Writer/Producer/Director


  • Two time Emmy Award-winner (four time nominee).

  • Christopher Award recipient

  • Four time CINE Golden Eagle winner

  • Eleven time Telly Award-winner

  • Five time Aurora Award-winner

  • Four time WorldFest Remi Award winner

  • Twenty-eight additional International film festival awards


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