When Cal State San Bernardino communication studies professor Lane Shefter Bishop isn’t in the classroom teaching her production students, she is often on set directing a movie or producing a television series. The award-winning Hollywood producer and director’s newest project, “Blood, Sweat and Lies,” debuts on the Lifetime Movie Network today, Friday, Jan. 5.But before her success in the film industry, Bishop had to make an important career decision: go to New York to work in theater or stay in Los Angeles to direct in film? No matter what profession she chose, she knew she wanted to work with actors.
“When I was very young, I knew what I wanted to do,” Bishop said.
After working as a theater director in Los Angeles at only 20 years old, she ultimately decided to take her chances in the film industry and managed to get accepted into USC’s School of Cinematic Arts to obtain her master’s in production.Lane Shefter Bishop (left, with the headphones) on the set of “Blood, Sweat and Lies.” Photo: Ashly Covington
Her decision has proven fruitful; Bishop has not only been teaching film analysis and film production classes at CSUSB since 2015, but is also a multi-award winning producer and director. Her accolades include an EMMY, six Telly Awards, a Videographer Award, three Communicator Awards, a Sherril C. Corwin Award, an Aurora Award, a Davey Award, a New York Festivals Award and the Directors Guild of America Fellowship Award for Episodic Television.
But before Bishop found her success, she initially had difficulty immersing herself into the directing world that was dominated by men. “It has always been a boys club,” she said.
Despite early setbacks, Bishop worked hard and still managed to start her own production company when she was halfway through film school, developing a reel by shooting anything that she could direct.