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

01/24/2011 - 12:14pm
We shot Scrapbook in the summer of 1998.  (It does not feel like it was that long ago!)  The tale of our hot, grimy, and disgusting shoot can be found in last week's blog entry. Scrapbook would MORE
12/22/2010 - 12:32pm
Buried in Ratline post-production for the bulk of 2010, I seldom saw the light of day.  Only on rare occasion did I venture, weak and delirious, from my edit suite to make my way to a movie theater.  MORE
12/20/2010 - 12:52pm
Last week I reminisced about the enigmatic creative process of conjuring Ice From The Sun, an early film of mine that I directed when I was in my mid-20s.  Get the cold hard facts here.The aspect of shooting Ice MORE
09/01/2010 - 12:17pm
Last year I had the pleasure of working on the upcoming film Stake Land, directed by Jim Mickle.  I was happy to be working for Jim because I really loved his debut film, Mulberry Street - and I was equally MORE
07/20/2010 - 3:55pm
When I was a kid, I had little interest in horror movies.  I've known (lucky) people who were raised by horror-fan parents and exposed to the genre from the time they knew what movies were, but I was MORE
04/19/2010 - 11:43pm
The last several weeks have been stressful.  Not only have I been overworked by and intensely mono-focused on Ratline post-production, I've also been upset to see my cherished blog here at get 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
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