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Jean-Christophe Comar

(1957-07-04) 4 July 1957 (age 61)
Other names
  • Jean Christophe
  • J. C. Comar
  • Jean C. Comar
  • Johan Pitofsky
OccupationVisual effects director, film director, screenwriter
Years active1991–present

Jean-Christophe "Pitof" Comar (born 4 July 1957) is a French visual effects supervisor and director notable for Vidocq and Catwoman.[1]

Early life[edit]

Pitof was born Jean-Christophe Comar on 4 July 1957 in Paris, France. From an early age, he harboured an interest in photography. As a teenager, he built a photography studio in the basement of his parents' house and landed a job as a photographer's assistant.


Pitof entered the film industry in 1976 as an assistant director and film editor. He branched out into visual effects in 1986 when he co-founded Duran Duboi, a successful post-production studio. He continued working as a visual effects supervisor and assistant director until 2001, when his directorial debut, the supernatural thriller film Vidocq was released. The film was notable for being the first motion picture to be shot using entirely digital cinematography. It was not a commercial success and received mixed reviews from film critics.[2]

In 2004, Pitof made his English-language debut with Catwoman, starring Halle Berry and Sharon Stone.[1]



Second unit director[edit]


  • Closer Apart (2012)
  • The Coin (2012)
  • The Activist (2013)


  • Vidocq (2001)
  • Le pistolet (2003)

Visual effects supervisor[edit]

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • Silver Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film at Fantasporto for Vidocq
  • International Fantasy Film Award for Best Special Effects at Fantasporto for Vidocq
  • International Fantasy Film Award for Best Film (nominated) at Fantasporto for Vidocq
  • Best Film at Sitges for Vidocq
  • Citizen Kane Award to the Director Revelation at Sitges for Vidocq
  • Best Visual Effects at Sitges for Vidocq
  • Best Makeup Effects at Sitges for Vidocq
  • Best Original Score at Sitges for Vidocq
  • Solutions Productions Achievement in Post-Production Award for Asterix & Obelix vs Caesar
  • Saturn Award for Best Special Effects (nominated) for Alien Resurrection
  • Imagina Award for Best Visual Effects (second prize) for Alien Resurrection
  • Imagina Golden Teapot for "Homage to Jesse and Carl"
  • MIFED Golden Prize for "Homage to Jesse and Carl"
  • Master of Visual Effects in Paris for "Orangina the flipper"
  • Best Use of Visual Effects at Spotitalia for "Mulino Bianco"


  1. ^ a b Scott, A. O. (July 22, 2004). "Catwoman (2004) FILM REVIEW; Not-So-Cuddly Cat: This One Cracks a Mean Whip". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Vidoq". Rotten Tomatoes.

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