Writing And Selling A Screenplay In 3 Days – Shane Stanley

Film Courage: What is the shortest amount of time you’ve written a script?

Shane Stanley, Filmmaker/Author/Instructor: I did a 36-hour fade-in-to-the-end for Emmett/Furla films project called BAD NEWS that I wrote for them. I did it on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday without sleep, no drugs. I crashed some point, I physically collapsed in my condo and I woke up at some point Friday, printed it out, called Emmett/Furla, drove it to them at the Warner lot and they optioned it. They called me Monday said We loved it, it’s exactly what we need. We want it. That was three days, non-stop.

Film Courage: Did the lack of sleep help you get into a mindset? Was it some type of sci-fi fantasy?

Shane: No, it was an action film. I knew the story I wanted to tell and Emmett and Furla were friends. We’d done a film or two with them and they were buying. They were working with people at the time that I’d worked with in the past. They were working with Avi Lerner and Cassian Elwes and Mark Rifkin and some of those guys from the late 90’s I had worked with who were cranking out these 10-to-20 million dollar action movies. So I knew what they wanted and they were paying to do it and…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 
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