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...
After graduating from the highly competitive American Film Institute, I worked as a Director of Photography and Camera Operator. My television work includes hundreds of hours of programming such as SCANDAL, BLACKISH, CHICAGO FIRE, EXTANT, BONES, AMERICAN IDOL and THE EVENT. 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.
“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 the Year!” - Fatally-Yours.com
“One of the Top 70 Horror Movies of the Decade" - Skrin (Apresiasi Horror)
MIDNIGHT MOVIE: THE KILLER CUT, a definitive director's cut, hit the streets with a limited edition DVD featuring enhanced VFX and new scenes shot specifically for this version of the film. It is currently available on Amazon VOD.
My screenplay REMOTE CONTROL was produced by China's Huayi Brothers Media. Translated into Chinese and re-titled 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.
With a strong focus on story, I have become an award winning screenwriter with a library of screenplays. Crossing a wide variety of genres, the thing my scripts all have in common is a convincing sense of character and real emotion.
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