An award winning Director and Screenwriter, I am one of those people that enjoys the journey, not just getting to the destination. And what a journey it has already been so far...
A graduate of the highly competitive American Film Institute, I worked as a Director of Photography and Camera Operator for over twenty years. Carefully avoiding being pidgeonholed in any one genre, I was able to find success across a diverse spectrum of projects.
My television work includes hundreds of hours of programming such as ABC's SCANDAL, CBS's EXTANT, Fox’s BONES, GLEE, SONS OF ANARCHY and AMERICAN IDOL, NBC's THE EVENT, Comedy Central’s STRIP MALL, DirecTV’s CD-USA and Oxygen Network’s CAMPUS LADIES.
My feature film DP credits include the indie films IRREVERSI, GIRL WITH NO NUMBER and THE CURIOSITY OF CHANCE. I have been lucky enough to work across the globe: Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Belgium, Canada, Philippines and throughout the United States. I am a former 1st Vice President of the Society of Camera Operators and editor of Camera Operator magazine.
Always pushing myself to become a better storyteller, I started writing and quickly found success. My screenplay TRUST was produced by TF1 International. The thriller starring Jamie Luner (MELROSE PLACE, ALL MY CHILDREN) has shown on Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network, Movie Central and the numerous TF1 networks throughout international markets.
I continued to push myself as a storyteller - making my feature film directorial debut with MIDNIGHT MOVIE - a film I co-wrote. After winning Best Feature Film at the Chicago Horror Film Festival, it had a successful limited theatrical run. Distributed by Phase 4 Films, the DVD sold extremely well, followed by a strong Blu-Ray release. It aired extensively on Showtime & The Movie Channel and is currently running on Chiller TV. After hitting the streets with a limited edition DVD and a limited theatrical run, MIDNIGHT MOVIE: THE KILLER CUT - the definitive director's cut - is currently available on Amazon VOD. The film features new and enhanced visual effects, extended scenes and never before seen footage.
“When Messitt gets his hands on a real budget, look out!” - Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Top 10 Best Direct to DVD Horror Movies Ever Made” - The Huffington Post
“5 out of 5 stars! - To say that this film is absolutely kick ass would be the understatement of the year.” - GoreZone Magazine
“Jack Messitt's Superior Horror Opus. Perfect Fear Fare” - DVD of the Month (March 2009) - Fangoria Magazine
“The #1 Horror Film of 2008” - Fatally-Yours.com
“One of the Top 70 Horror Movies of the Decade" - Skrin (Apresiasi Horror)
With a strong focus on story, I am now an award winning screenwriter with a library of screenplays that mirror my eclectic career. Crossing a wide variety of genres, the thing my scripts all have in common is a convincing sense of character and real emotion.
My screenplay REMOTE CONTROL was recently produced by China's Huayi Brothers Media. Translated into Chinese and retitled CONTROL, the thriller was helmed by critically acclaimed director Kenneth Bi (THE DRUMMER, GIRL$). Starring Daniel Wu, Yao Chen, Ady An and Simon Yam, CONTROL opened with a wide release in China.
MIDNIGHT MOVIE - Director - Bigfoot Entertainment
GIRL WITH NO NUMBER - 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR - Bigfoot Entertainment
IRREVERSI - 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR - Bigfoot Entertainment
CONTROL - Based on "Remote Control" - Huayi Brothers Media
TRUST - TF1 International
MIDNIGHT MOVIE - Bigfoot Entertainment
IRREVERSI - Story Consultant - Bigfoot Entertainment