Erik: Portrait of a Living Corpse

A Mini Monster Feature

Obsession, passion, tragedy and triumph have made French author Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera a gothic masterpiece for the ages. This story of a horribly disfigured genius, who dwells beneath the Paris Opera House, has captured the imaginations of filmmakers, writers and musicians for years, yet few have taken advantage of Leroux's rich text and atmosphere.

In 2010, I sought to use Leroux's novel as the basis of a no-budget short film, told from Erik, The Phantom's, point-of-view. My friends and I would use this as an experiment in making the best "film" we could with what we had.

The end result ended up being over an hour long, but a work I'm still proud of, and an experience that shaped the way I work.

- Ryan

Original Trailer

December 8, 2011

DVD Announcement

February 12, 2012


Behind the Scenes


Joseph Buquet and Florine Papillon
Erik plays for Christine
Carlotta's Maid
Three Ballerinas
The Opera Ghost
Autumn Hyun as Christine
Framing the Scene
Director and Photographer
Playing with Shadows
Box 5
The Paris Opera
Presidio La Bahia
The "Haunted" Chapel
A Day at the Opera
Hair and Makeup
Getting the Shot
Directing Carlotta
Hanging Out
Setting the Stage
To BE or Not to Be...
After the Cemetary
The Cast at Goliad
All Choked Up
La Carlotta
Lubin, a Stage Hand
Erik's Stuff
At the Premiere
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