Eric Steven Stahl
(1959-04-04) April 4, 1959 (age 57)
Encino, California, U.S.
Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Editor
Eric Steven Stahl is an American director, screenwriter, producer and editor who is known for making the world’s first all-digital sound 70mm film called Digital Dream. Stahl’s feature credits also include Final Approach, as well as Safe House and I-See-You.Com.
1 Early years
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Stahl was born on April 4, 1959 in Encino, California to Martin and Miriam Stahl. Father, a Kennedy administration appointee, was made Director of U.S. Trade Center in 1963 in Milan Italy where Stahl grew up from the age of 3. Spending the better part of fourteen years in Europe, where he attended mostly Italian schools including the original Montessori in Milan. Stahl went on to complete his education stateside obtaining his motion picture degree from USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Set on a directing career, but also fascinated with the world of advertising and marketing, Stahl formed an integrated communication consultancy and production company in 1980 straight out of film school where he eventually directed numerous award winning national television spots, including the first digital stereo commercial, “It’s a Chevy 1986” (Clio Award Winner), for GM’s Chevy Cavalier. When one of his company’s early clients, audio facility Glen Glenn Sound, tasked a then only 23-year-old Stahl with directing and producing the world’s first all digital sound film, Stahl seized the opportunity to meld his two passions (filmmaking and marketing). What followed was Digital Dream – presented in 70mm six track stereo and costing $7.5 million, the project was co-sponsored by the top industry players including Panavision, Sony and Eastman Kodak, with visual effects supervision by Academy Award winner John Dykstra.
Stahl’s commercial TV work went on to win him numerous awards from the Chicago Film Festival, the International Film & TV Festival of New York, the Lulu, as well as the Ad Age Certificate of Achievement for writing and directing one of the top 100 commercials of the decade.
By the late 80’s, Stahl turned to full-time movie making, forming Los Angeles based FilmQuest Pictures Corporation. His feature directorial debut, under his newly formed banner, Final Approach, sta