Erik Curtis

Erik Curtis

Biography

Florida native Curtis got the filmmaking itch early on. As a notably enterprising teenager, he cold-called every production company in a 50-mile radius until he got the opportunity to get on set. 10 years later, that same location was where he filmed his first-ever commercial as a director. Fascinated with the entire production process, he transitioned behind the camera spending stints as a camera assistant and camera operator before finding his groove as a DP. He has worked as a DP across commercial and film projects, including second unit DP roll work on the Harmony Korine-helmed feature Spring Breakers and the dramatic feature Sunlight Jr. starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

With a diverse skill set spanning a multitude of on-set roles, Curtis brings a distinct ability to elicit authentic performances in his work, from both actors and real people alike. His talent for creating comfortable environments that allow actors to interact with the camera as an additional character has also traversed into the digital realm, navigating COVID-spurred production challenges by filming with skeleton crews and virtual personnel on imperative projects.

Aspirational snapshots of treasured moments that unfold with refreshing relatability mark his directorial work for such top brands as Universal Orlando, Spectrum, Publix, Visit Florida, and Hertz, among numerous others.

Heightened interest from repeat clients ushered in an organic transition to work as a director, where he has been able to successfully combine his experience across diverse roles to create fluid communication across all departments, resulting in lifestyle work that delivers a heartwarming slice of life.

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