Film Courage: Would you say that filmmakers today are more about forcing a message than telling a good story?
Shane Stanley, Filmmaker/Author/Instructor: That’s a great question. I think there’s quite a few that do that. I think telling a good story is important whether it’s a fun romp in the desert or it’s a story about a collapse of the housing industry like The Big Short. I mean wow, was that a message or was that a story? I think it was both, I really do. Will we learn from it? Time will tell. I think set your watch to that but I think as storytellers we have a responsibility, as writers we have a responsibility. If you look at the faith-based genre, it’s all about the message. They don’t care about story as much as it’s the message, it’s the message, it’s the message and that’s cool, that’s their thing. Sometimes the story is good. I’m not saying…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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