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

03/26/2013 - 11:00am
In Part 1 of this journey, I began revisiting the production of an older movie of mine, the bizarre horror/experimental feature Ice From The Sun, shot entirely on Super 8 film. I’d rummaged deep into the MORE
02/27/2013 - 3:00pm
There are $175 million studio films bolstered by major star power.  There are $20 million “independent” films with established mainstream actors in them.  And there are micro-budget films MORE
10/02/2012 - 3:00pm
On Friday, September 28, Fox News broadcast live the suicide of an Arizona carjacking suspect.  A lengthy apology from anchor Shepard Smith followed immediately, and it appeared to be quite genuine and MORE
08/03/2012 - 5:00pm
Last week I blogged about the films and directors who inspired me in my early filmmaking pursuits.  The list of influential films included Dario Argento’s masterpiece, Suspiria (1977). This blog post MORE
10/29/2013 - 2:30pm
  George Romero and his film Night Of The Living Dead (1968) have had an incalculable impact on horror cinema, and the way filmmakers attack the genre.  Romero is one of my favorite directors, and he MORE
12/31/2012 - 2:00pm
  In the early 90s, I was introduced, through a mutual professional associate, to an action/drama film called Deadbeat At Dawn (1988), directed by Jim VanBebber.  I do enjoy the occasional action flick MORE
05/22/2013 - 4:00pm
  Since the release of my last film, Ratline, a nearly constant flurry of activity has taken place as I work to launch a follow-up.  Most of this bustle has resulted in dead ends.  This is the way MORE
11/06/2012 - 4:00pm
Before this past October, I promised myself that I’d take some time off throughout the 31 days to enjoy the season and recharge before diving back into work.  That plan kinda sorta came together. MORE