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

02/18/2009 - 4:00am
This past Saturday was a day of insert shooting for RATLINE. These are the more time-consuming shots that we didn't have time to do on the original principal shooting dates. We did several gore shots, which ended MORE
02/11/2009 - 3:00am
Let's talk Nazis.Shooting a period movie, or a movie with period sequences, is always a challenge, especially when working on a low budget.  RATLINE is no exception.Portions of RATLINE take place in 1940's Nazi MORE
02/09/2009 - 6:00pm
Our most recent day of shooting, January 17, was our final "official" day on Ratline, though we do have a few more pickup days scheduled here and there through spring.  On January 17, we completed some complex MORE
01/30/2009 - 11:14am
Easily, our biggest hurdle to jump in making RATLINE has been obtaining the budget.  I've heard of numerous indie movies that were slated to start shooting in '08 that were bumped to '09 (or abandoned altogether MORE
01/13/2009 - 3:00am
One of the sequences in RATLINE is being shot to mimic Restricted U.S. Military Films of the early 1940's.  In our "military film" you'll see "seized motion picture footage of Nazi medical / paranormal MORE
01/06/2009 - 3:00am
Actress Sarah Swofford has been wrapped on RATLINE since early December.  After completing her last day on RATLINE, and after a couple of recuperation days, she hit the road to return to Austin, Texas where she MORE
01/02/2009 - 3:00am
Production on RATLINE has transitioned into a different flavor of filmmaking.At the start of this project, it was all panic and break-neck speed.  For us, pre-production usually spans six to twelve months, but MORE
12/29/2008 - 3:00am
Actress Emily Haack didn't sneak up on the indie movie scene - she kicked the door down and came in all guns blazing with her first-ever film performance as Clara in a movie I directed called SCRAPBOOK.  She MORE