Prolific early director of over 700 films and a key artistic influence in the years after his death on many important filmmakers. Feuillade began his career with Gaumont where, as well as directing his own features, he was appointed artistic director in charge of production in 1907. Feuillade's work was largely comprised of film series; his first, begun in 1910 and numbering 15 episodes, was "Le Film Esthetique", a financially unsuccessful attempt at "high-brow" cinema. More popular was "Life As It Is" (1911-1913), which moved from the costume pageantry of his earlier work to a more realistic, if somewhat melodramatic, depiction of contemporary life.
Feuillade's most successful serials were "Fantomas" (1913-1914), which chronicled the diabolical exploits of the "emperor of crime," and the superb "Les Vampires" (1915-1916), which trailed a criminal gang led by Irma Vep (Musidora), and was noted for its imaginative use of locations and lyrical, almost surreal style.