Movie Titles First, Everything Else Last – Shane Stanley

Shane Stanley, Filmmaker/Author/Instructor: Titles were so important. I learned that titles have to translate globally. We can come up with the greatest title in the world. If that doesn’t translate into 14 different languages, it’s not a good title. 

Film Courage: We understand your strategy is to develop a log line and a synopsis and will you try to pitch investors first or the distributors? 

Shane: You’re asking me personally? For me a title is important. I get stuck in the mud without a cool title. My movies may suck but our titles are cool and I need that, it gives me some fuel. We know the stories we want to tell and synopsises. We come up with an idea. What’s our idea? What’s the story? That inspires it and we just start, Who are the players? Who are the protagonists, antagonists? What’s the Hero’s Journey? What are their pitfalls and hurdles going to be? What’s the ticking time bomb? What’s gnawing at them and then we go through it and break it down and start doing our development notes and when I get excited about it. I call our investors and I say We’re ready to go and we know the story we want to tell and usually it’s just a paragraph that they want from us…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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