Emmy-winning Filmmaker Pens Lively, Candid Guide To Independent Movie Making


Multi Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Shane Stanley, a lifelong entertainment industry insider, has worked in
every aspect of the film industry, covering a multitude of movies, television shows, and other projects. In his
INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING, Stanley takes a candid look at the film business and offers ambitious young
filmmakers important information on how to navigate every aspect of making movies, from initial pitch to
distributing a finished product. The book “is written for anyone who hopes to have a career in the industry at
any position, but (is) geared for (the) total filmmaker,” Stanley says.
Producer Neal H. Moritz (“Fast & Furious,” “S.W.A.T.,” “21 and 22 Jump Street”), says that WHAT YOU
DON’T LEARN IN FILM SCHOOL “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.”
Jane Seymour, two-time Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner, actress, producer and founder of the Open
Hearts Foundation, declares that Stanley’s “step-by- step guide is a must-read for anyone hoping to break into
the world of independent cinema, along with many useful tips for those who desire to work within a studio or
network system.”


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Jeff Sagansky, former president of Sony Entertainment and CBS Entertainment, notes that “Shane Stanley takes
you to a film school that only years of practical experience can teach. He covers both the business of
independent filmmaking as well as the hard-earned secrets of a successful production. A must-read for anyone
who wants to produce.”
A lifelong veteran of the film world, Stanley has directed and produced hundreds of film and television projects,
including the 2006 No. 1 Box Office hit “Gridiron Gang,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. His clearly-
written guide to navigating the shoals of independent filmmaking comes from his hands-on experience,
covering such topics as choosing what material to produce, raising independent capital, hiring a production
crew and selecting the right cast.
WHAT YOU DON’T LEARN IN FILM SCHOOL is an essential book written by someone who clearly
understands the independent film business from the inside.
About the Author Shane Stanley
Multi-Emmy Award winning filmmaker Shane Stanley has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set
starting with hit shows like “Entertainment Tonight” and “Seinfeld.”
Along with his father, Stanley 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 No.1 in Nielson
Ratings, which included “A Time for Life” and “Gridiron Gang.”
Stanley has produced films starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland,
Marisa Tomei and Martin Sheen. He co-wrote two of the films and has worked closely with top Hollywood
Stanley has taught workshops at many film schools and universities. He is the founder of Visual Arts
Entertainment, a production company based in Los Angeles. He is still active in teaching, working with several
schools, film students, and recent grads as a mentor and guide.