Alexander Witt

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Alexander Witt
Alexander Witt.jpg
Witt in 2016
Born1952 (1952)
OccupationFilm director and cinematographer

Alexander B. Witt (born 1952) is a Chilean-American filmmaker and cinematographer mostly known for his work as a camera operator and second unit director, including regular collaborations with director Ridley Scott.

Life & career[edit]

From a 2004 interview on IGN, he says this about his history: "I was born in Chile, the third generation of Germans there. And, we moved to Mexico, from Mexico in '73 I moved to Europe, where I started working in film. I started with Arriflex, the company that makes the cameras. I was there for a year and I did kind of a trainee type of year where I was in the sound department, in the lab, in the studio working with the actual productions and also assembling cameras. And then I moved to Europe, where I lived three years, and then, back in '76, I did my first movie as a camera assistant, which was 21 Hours at Munich. And then, I kept on going, I moved up to focus puller or first AC, and then operating and then DP-ing. And then I was DP-ing commercials and then I started directing commercials in the late 80's and beginning of [the] 90's. I was working with Jan de Bont and doing his second unit as a DP while he was a DP. He is the one that really gave me the break on Speed to start directing second unit."[1]

Witt works mostly as a second unit director and cinematographer and has worked on a plethora of films ranging from Gladiator to Cinderella. He is a frequent collaborator of director Ridley Scott, and served as the director of photography on his 2007 film Body of Lies. He made his directorial debut in 2004 with the video game adaptation Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Witt also served as the second unit director on the James Bond films Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2020).

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Also credited as Notes
Second Unit Director Director Other
1994 Speed Yes
1995 Money Train Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit, New York
1996 Twister Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control Yes Yes
The Postman Yes
1998 The X-Files Yes Director of Photography for Second unit, Creature unit
1999 Forces of Nature Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit
Inspector Gadget Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit, uncredited
2000 Gladiator Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit
Remember the Titans Yes Yes
2001 Hannibal Yes Yes
Black Hawk Down Yes
2002 The Bourne Identity Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit
XXX Yes Yes
2003 Daredevil Yes Yes
The Italian Job Yes
Hollywood Homicide Yes Yes Director of Photography, Second unit, Additional Photography
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit
2004 Hidalgo Yes
Resident Evil: Apocalypse Yes Directorial Debut
Umbrella Sniper(uncredited)
2005 Æon Flux Yes
2006 She's the Man Yes
Casino Royale Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit
2007 American Gangster Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit
2008 Fool's Gold Yes
Body of Lies Yes Debut as Director of Photography
2009 The Taking of Pelham 123 Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit, uncredited
Robin Hood Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit
The Town Yes Yes
2011 Fast Five Yes Yes
X-Men: First Class Yes Yes
2012 Safe House Yes Yes
Skyfall Yes Yes
Code Name Oracle Yes
2014 Hercules Yes Yes Director of Photography for Second unit
2015 Cinderella Yes Yes
Terminator Genisys Yes Yes
Spectre Yes Yes
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Yes Yes
Bird Box Yes Yes
2020 No Time to Die Yes Yes
Jungle Cruise Yes Yes
TBA Red Squad Yes Pre-production
Feathering the Wind Yes Announced

References[edit]

  1. ^ Otto, Jeff (August 23, 2004). "Interview: Alexander Witt". IGN. Retrieved 2009-02-10.

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