Surviving Cinema

Eric Stanze is an award-winning director, writer, editor, producer, and 2nd unit director who primarily works on independent feature films. Stanze began interning on local commercials and music videos at the age of 16, and he entered the industry professionally when he was 18. More info, trailers, and news at

12/30/2013 - 1:30pm
Born Vladimir Ivanovich Leventon in Russia in 1904, film producer Val Lewton (the pseudonym he is best known by) is an often-overlooked but potent contributor to horror cinema history.  I talk him up and MORE
09/25/2013 - 4:00pm
  Last week, Richard C. Sarafian, director of Vanishing Point (1971), passed away at the age of 83.  His fifty-year directing career was prosperous, but nothing else he made possessed the impact and MORE
09/10/2013 - 5:00pm
  A couple of months ago I completed a second draft of a horror screenplay and submitted it to a producer I've known for a few years, and who I respect a lot.  We've tried to make a film MORE
04/25/2011 - 2:53pm
Last week / weekend was eventful.  And no, I'm not talking about preparations for a massive Easter celebration (I worked straight through Easter Sunday).  Firstly, I'm talking about the announcement of release MORE
12/14/2010 - 10:15pm
In holding my top-secret negotiations with a distributor about releasing Ratline, as well as distributing the entire Wicked Pixel Cinema catalog, I have had to peer back into my past and stare in the face the MORE
05/31/2010 - 11:21am
The very first and very last shots in Ratline are important to me.  I put a lot of thought into them, likely because I'm always intrigued by the opening and closing images of movies in general.  I wanted the MORE
05/12/2010 - 1:36pm
I've been hearing the grumbling coming from horror fans about all the remakes recently released or soon to be.  The most common solution I've heard suggested: stop going to see them and Hollywood will stop making MORE
04/06/2010 - 11:50am
As I submerge myself deeper in post-production, driving Ratline closer to the finish line, I've left my blog vulnerable to hostile takeover.  For the next couple of entries, my blog is being hijacked by MORE