Wachtel "grew up" in Los Angeles in the 1970s
photographing and designing album covers for Bruce Springsteen,
Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Warren Zevon
and Joe Walsh. In 1981 he began designing movie posters
and in 1990 officially opened Dawn Patrol, an entertainment-design
studio specializing in one-sheets and home video/DVD.