Jan De Bont
Dutch-born filmmaker Jan de Bont was an in-demand cinematographer in both Europe and America before making a huge splash with his directorial debut, "Speed" (1994), which led to a hit-and-miss string of Hollywood features including "Twister" (1996) and "The Haunting" (1999). A member of the Dutch avant-garde in the 1960s, he graduated to the sexually adventurous fare of directors like Paul Verhoeven in the 1970s before heading to the States to lend his energetic camerawork to films like "Jewel of the Nile" (1985) and "Die Hard" (1988). "Speed" proved that he could deliver an action film as well as he could photograph one, but his subsequent efforts, which included "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" (2002), lacked the gritty fun of his debut. De Bont's place in cinematic history seemed to be defined largely by "Speed," though somewhat tarnished by the efforts that followed it.