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

02/25/2014 - 5:00pm
The Woman In Black (2012), a creepy, roller-coaster ride of a ghost story chiller, greatly exceeded my expectations.  It stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter in the Harry Potter films) and is directed by MORE
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
02/01/2010 - 12:55pm
It's an old rule of thumb for indie film screenplay writing:  Include in your screenplay what you already have access to.  This saves you money and streamlines your shoot.  Robert Rodriguez cites this decree as a MORE
06/10/2009 - 6:41pm
The post-production of Ratline is moving along nicely.  It is going very slowly, but that is the norm.  As the movie's editor, I'm doing the work that 20 or 30 (or more) people would be doing if this were a big- MORE
04/08/2014 - 7:30pm
At the end of last month, I found myself in the thick of battle, gunfire blasting all around me, danger ever-present, the enemy lurking around every turn... but I was wielding a camera instead of a weapon. MORE
09/13/2009 - 11:00pm
This year has been chaotic.  We wrapped Ratline and started post-production on that film.  Both Jim Wayer (Wicked Illusions) and I have been doing a lot of still photography work.  Wicked Pixel Cinema made a big MORE
08/18/2009 - 12:47pm
First, let me reference my last blog.  My friend and creative collaborator Tommy Biondo passed away ten years ago this month.  My last blog entry was a look back at my experiences making movies with him.  Check MORE
05/22/2009 - 10:20am
I've been working with Trevor Williams and Jim Wayer on the soon-to-be-unveiled RATLINE website.  Jim designed the site and Trevor shot some interviews that we're editing together to function as something of an MORE