Trapdoor pictures is Los Angeles-based production company with an emphasis on narrative horror and dark fantasy content for film, television and the web.

RYAN SPINDELL (Writer / Director / Producer)

Ryan Spindell was born in the wilderness of Maine and raised in the deep south of Florida, so if you have any questions about living in the sticks, he’s your man. An award-winning filmmaker, artist and graphic designer, Ryan’s short films Kirksdale, The Window and The Root Of The Problem have screened in over one hundred film festivals world-wide winning over a dozen awards including “Best Short Film” “Best Screenplay” and “Best In Fest.” Ryan's first feature film, The Mortuary Collection, is slated for production later this year.

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Ben Hethcoat is an actor, producer and independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles California. A producer for Slamdance TV, he is currently directing the documentary DIY which features interviews with Christopher Nolan, Rian Johnson, Marc Forster, Penelope Spheeris, and Benh Zeitlin. Ben is also the founder of the Rotting Soil Collective – an outlet of collaborators dedicated to creating excellent and unusual content for filmlive theatre audiences alike. His first feature, the award-winning film DEAD DAD, is available on iTunes now.

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T. JUSTIN ROSS (Producer)

T. Justin Ross hails from the small Midwest town of Maryville, Missouri, where he cut his storytelling teeth on campfire tales featuring all things dark and unseen.  Soon campfires became cameras, and short films became features, and Justin never looked back. Proudly sporting a reputation for tackling the most challenging of projects, Justin prides himself on his ability to always create and sustain a healthy, collaborative work environment.  With a slate of award winning films under his belt, Justin is currently Head of Development for Main Line Pictures in Los Angeles, while simultaneously developing a diverse slate of independent feature films for Trapdoor Pictures.

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Eric Ekman is a Director, Producer and Editor living in Hollywood, CA and is co-creator of Rotting Soil Collective where he most recently directed the music video "Regret" by the band Levels. He was the editor of the narrative feature film "Dead Dad", which is now available on DVD & VOD after screening at over 24 film festivals worldwide. Most recently Eric edited/produced the feature length documentary "Mad As Hell", which has just been released online and in-stores.

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Karl Slominski began drawing comics as soon as his tiny, claw-like hand could grasp a pen. Upon receiving his degree in Sequential Arts from The Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art, Slominski has continued to lose sleep to various endeavors in comic books and underground illustration. 

His most recent credits include illustrating the graphic novels Tad Caldwell & The Monster Kid, Golgotha, Run Like Hell, and the upcoming Ashes. Slominski currently tries to stay out of trouble in Upstate New York, where he draws inspiration from an endless supply of black coffee and rock n' roll.

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