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Anna J. Foerster is a German-born American film and television cinematographer and director. She is best known for collaborations with director Roland Emmerich, working under different capacities on every film directed by him dating back to Independence Day (1996), with the exception of the film The Patriot (2000).

Anna Foerster
Born1971 (age 47–48)[1]
OccupationCinematographer, television director, film director
Years active1994–present



As a second unit cinematographer, Foerster worked on the films Alien Resurrection (1997), Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002), Johnson Family Vacation (2004), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Æon Flux (2005) and 10,000 BC (2008), also working as a second unit director on the latter four films.[2]

She was the cinematographer for the visual effects and/or miniature unit on Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998), Pitch Black (2000) and Stuart Little 2 (2002).[2]

As a director, she directed five episodes of the television series Criminal Minds, an episode of its spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, three episodes of Unforgettable, and four episodes of the Starz series Outlander.[2]

Foerster made her feature film directing debut with the action horror film Underworld: Blood Wars (2016).

Future projectEdit

In 2008, she was reported to be developing a film Secret Hunter based on the Ranulph Fiennes novel The Secret Hunters (2002).[3]

In 2016, J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot hired Foerster to direct Lou, a thriller about a mother trying to recover her abducted child.[4]

Filmography as directorEdit


  1. ^ Iain Blair (February 13, 2012). "Foerster: Gives Shakespeare a modern edge". Variety. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Renaissance Woman: Anna J Foerster". HD Magazine. August 16, 2011.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (May 19, 2008). "Anna J Foerster to direct Secret Hunter". ScreenDaily.
  4. ^ Sneider, Jeff (Nov 29, 2016). "Exclusive: J.J. Abrams hires 'Outlander' director Anna Foerster for thriller 'Lou'". Mashable.

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