4 July 1957
|Occupation||Visual Effects director, director, screenwriter|
Jean-Christophe "Pitof" Comar (born 4 July 1957) is a French visual effects supervisor and director notable for Vidocq and Catwoman.
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 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.
In 2004, Pitof made his English-language debut with the Hollywood film Catwoman, starring Halle Berry and Sharon Stone. The film was critically panned, and is considered one of the worst movies of all time, and Pitof was awarded the Razzie Award for Worst Director for the film.
Pitof was set to direct the US-Chinese co-production Empires of the Deep although he eventually dropped out.