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  • Are you ready to take your filmmaking skills to the next level? This comprehensive curriculum covers essential pre-production topics such as mapping out your game plan, setting up payroll, working with guilds, and finding the right fits for your team. You’ll learn how to find locations for cheap, communicate with property owners, and process location agreements and permits. Expert tips on scheduling shooting days, adjusting your schedule, and ensuring you don’t forget any crucial aspects of pre-production will help you build your film family and have a wrinkle-free film production that leaves you excited to do it again and again. Join the interactive live Q&A for the chance to ask questions and gain valuable insights. Sign up now to be prepared and take your filmmaking skills to the next level.

    Webinar Schedule
    Film Directing Webinar Series
    Jumpstart Your Directorial Debut:
    Pre-Production Essentials
    with Shane Stanley, Multi-Emmy\u00ae Award-winning filmmaker

    Date: Friday, May 12, 2023
    Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST (New York Time)
    Location: Live Online via Zoom
    Registration: Pre-registration required.
    Cost: Free for Members.
    Click here to Become a Member.
    Essentials Before You Begin
    Mapping out your pre-production game plan
    Where do you put most of your money towards and where to get frugal?
    Setting up payroll
    Chain of Title/Script clearances
    Working with the guilds (SAG-AFTRA/IATSE)
    Altering your approach based on your budget level ($5,000 – $5M)
    Crewing Up
    The 5 most important members of your team
    How to find the right fits for your project
    Rules you need to know when hiring
    What to do when someone bails
    What roles can you get by without or when can you have people wear several hats
    How to find locations for cheap
    How to communicate with property owners
    Location Agreements/Permit processing
    How many shooting days should you have?
    How to adjust your schedule with inevitable changes to actor and location availability
    Final Steps
    The most common aspects of pre-production that filmmakers forget or do not focus on enough
    Production Insurance
    When should you feel ready for production?
    Interactive Live Q&A
    What You Will Learn:
    How to be prepared to make your movie.
    How to build your film family.
    Get your team to walk across the desert for you when they won’t even cross the street for others.
    You Will Be Able To:
    Get the most bang for your buck.
    Have as wrinkle-free film production as possible.
    Look forward to doing it again and again.

    About the Speaker
    Shane Stanley is a multi-Emmy\u00ae Award-winning filmmaker and best-selling author who grew up in/around “the biz” in Hollywood. As a childhood actor he had appeared on-screen in over 100 projects with Hollywood legends which included 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 world-wide syndication from 1988 to 1994, was nominated for 33 individual Emmy\u00ae 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 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 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 directing credits to his name include Mistrust, starring two-time Golden Globe\u00ae and Emmy\u00ae Award winner Jane Seymour, Break Even with Tasya Teles, Steve Guttenberg, and Golden Globe\u00ae nominee, Joanna Pacula which he also produced with Adam Kane (Prodigal Son, 24: Live Another Day, Heroes). In 2022, Shane produced and directed the action-comedy, Double Threat starring Matthew Lawrence and Dawn Olivieri (Yellowstone, 1883), which The New York Times listed on their Top 5-Action Movies to Stream Now and was the sole indie feature amongst Hollywood blockbusters on Amazon Prime’s “Top 10 in the US” list remaining there for several weeks and peaking at #4.

    Recently, Shane’s action-thriller, Night Train, starring Danielle C. Ryan and Diora Baird released nationwide theatrically and will premiere on HULU in May of this year. The film is the story of a single mom struggling to make ends meet as a Hollywood teamster who evades capture by a ruthless FBI Agent while running black market medical supplies in her legendary souped-up pickup truck. It also stars Joe Lando, Ivan Sergei, and Joseph D. Reitman.

    His book, “What You Don’t Learn in Film School,” a best-seller earning a 4.5-star rating across the board was listed by CNN, FORBES, and BOOK AUTHORITY among the Best Filmmaking Books of All-Time, which 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\u00ae, Golden Globe\u00ae and Grammy\u00ae Award Winner and Hall of Fame songwriter.

    In addition to his Emmy\u00ae 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 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.

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