Making his directorial debut, Alexander Witt
has earned a stellar reputation as one of Hollywood's top visualists as both a second unit director and a director of photography. Noted for his high-octane car chases and action sequences, his work as a second unit director may be seen in such blockbusters as The Italian Job, Daredevil, XXX, The Bourne Identity, Black Hawk Down and the Oscar winner Gladiator for director Ridley Scott
. In addition, Witt was second unit director for Ridley Scott's Hannibal, Remember the Titans and The Postman, as well as Jan de Bont's films Twister, Speed 2: Cruise Control and Speed. Most recently, Witt served as second unit director of Hidalgo and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
As a second unit director of photography, his credits include such films as Lethal Weapon 3, The Hunt for the Red October, Sir Richard Attenborough's Chaplin, Just Cause, Thelma & Louise and The Jewel of the Nile. For Money Train and Forces of Nature, he was the director of photography and the second unit director. In addition, Witt served as the creature unit director The X-Files. Witt began working as a camera assistant then as an operator and director of photography, training under such distinguishable cinematographers as Sven Nykvist, Gerry Fisher, Douglas Slocombe, Anthony Richmond, Jan de Bont, Allen Daviau and Don McAlpine.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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