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Eric Graduated Goddard College with a BA, then, went on to UCLA Graduate School to study Filmmaking.

He was the Director of Photography on 15 theatrical features, including Albert Brook's "Lost in America", a short film called 'Exploratorium' (Oscar nominee for Best Short Film) and "Symbiosis", a 16 minute, 70 Millimeter film shot for the Land Pavilion at the Walt Disney World Epcot Center.

In 1982, after finishing 'Symbiosis', he and Chuck Sloan founded the thriving television commercial production company: Plum Productions. He became a Director/Cameraman for hundreds of television commercials, winning every major commercial award including the Grand Prix at Cannes Lion Festival given for achievement in commercial direction.

Eric Saarinen was the first Cinematographer ever to be inducted into the American Society of Cinematographers because of his "Extraordinary Achievement in the Field of Television Commercials".

Eric Saarinen is the son of Architect and Designer, Eero Saarinen. His mother, Lily Saarinen, was a Sculptress. Grandfather, Eliel, was a famous Finnish-American Architect and Designer. Godparents were Charles and Ray Eames. Consequently, he says he grew up in a family that taught him "Art is God".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: G Young

Trivia (12)

One of the first Cinematographers ever to be inducted into the American Society of Cinematographers because of "Extraordinary Achievement in the Field of Television Commercials".
Godson of Charles and Ray Eames.
Eric is the son of Architect and Designer, Eero Saarinen (1910-1961), who is now considered one of the masters of American 20th-century Architecture and one of the leaders of the International Style.
A Director/Cameraman in the DGA and the ASC.
Member of the Finnish Society of Cinematographers.
Eric's mother, Lily Saarinen, was a Sculptor, Artist and Educator. She was on the first women's Olympic Ski Team.
Eric is the grandson of Eliel Saarinen (1873-1950), Architect, Designer and Educator whose multi-faceted career in Finland and then the U.S. included his strong influence on the styling of Pre-World War II American office towers.
'Symbiosis' was the first film to be mixed digitally at Walt Disney.
For 'Symbiosis', Saarinen circumnavigated the globe two-and-a-half times in 13 months to film the natural and ancient man-made wonders of the world exposing the history of man's relationship with the environment. Seen by 28 million people during its 11 year run.
Director of Photography on "Exploratorium", an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary.
Cousins with Edie Sedgwick.
Eric Saarinen was one of the cinematographers hired by the Maysels Brothers to cover the Altamont Concert on Saturday, December 6, 1969 for the film later titled "Gimme Shelter". He held the camera that shot the footage of Meridith Hunter's stabbing by Hells Angel, Alan Passaro.

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