Stanley began his career designing small autonomous payloads for NASA's GAS-Can program, and has flown two experiments aboard the Space Shuttle (Atlantis and Endeavor). Stanley then pursued a degree in Astrophysics through the University of Chicago Department of Physics. He then moved to Los Angeles where he studied film at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. After directing several shorts, Stanley received a Cecil B. Demille Award for his visual effects work, and went on to become a concept artist in the video game industry, shipping triple A titles for the XBox 360 and Playstation 3. His illustration work has received a CGSociety Award, and has been written about in Gizmodo, io9, and Kuriositas. He directed "The Flyers Among Us", a promotional short film for the National Space Society's 2010 International Space Development Conference. His recent film production, "L5", will be screened at the San Diego Comic Con International Film Festival. Today he works as a freelance art director, concept artist and illustrator.