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

02/01/2010 - 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
06/02/2009 - 4:32pm
The Ratline wrap party was last weekend, and it came just in the nick of time, as the kids say these days.  I had been working long hours, non-stop for enough weeks, with no days off, that I was feeling another 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
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
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
05/12/2009 - 2:20pm
Eric Stanze's Report From Texas Frightmare Weekend. Part 2 Of 2.May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, I was honored to be on the featured guest list at Texas Frightmare Weekend - in my opinion, one of the best horror MORE
01/07/2011 - 12:47pm
Between Halloween and Christmas, most of my production company, Wicked Pixel Cinema, was packed up in boxes and awaiting a destination.  Austin, New York, Los Angeles, and staying put in St. Louis were all MORE
11/30/2010 - 12:25pm
Holy crap, it's already the end of November?  It feels like 2010 just got started.  November has been a strange month.  This is the first full month of this year that I've spent without MORE