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Theo Van de Sande, a graduate of the Dutch Film Academy and an award-winning Cinematographer, started working professionally while still in school. At an early age, Theo found his passion in still photography and earned his first camera by working in the strawberry fields. He decided to try his luck and changed his major from Biochemistry to Cinema after seeing the films of Ingmar Bergman and other European Directors, as well as the Japanese film WOMAN IN THE DUNES.

Amsterdam’s roaring years, filled with optimism, excitement and creative freedom had a big impact on Theo’s new found passion and he chose to shoot the rock-concert film STAMPING GROUNDS, (a European WOODSTOCK) instead of going to his graduation-day ceremony. He became part of an underground film group HET AMSTERDAMS STADSJOURNAAL, but soon left to concentrate on shooting feature films.

Since he still couldn’t let go of the adventure of making documentaries, he shot an expedition film, ORONOQUE, a personal chronicle of a voyage that he and Aat Den Ouden, his buddy adventurer, took to follow an unknown river called Oronoque. Carrying a boat, cameras and gear, they physically cut through an inhospitable part of the jungles of South America, where no human being had yet set foot. The film was awarded Best Expedition film at the Trento Film Festival

In the early eighties, Theo shot and lit a quarter of all the Dutch Cinema and he received THE GOLDEN CALF (the “Dutch Oscar”) for Best Cinematography both in 1982 and 1987—since the award is only given once every five years for a body of work.

Numerous feature films shot in Europe by Theo Van de Sande got international attention including; THE GIRL WITH THE RED HAIR and THE ILLUSIONIST (which received the Dutch Film Critics Award and Best Dutch Film Award,) and THE POINTSMAN, which won the award for Best Cinematography at the Madrid Film Festival.

THE ASSAULT, Theo’s last film in the Netherlands, won the Golden Globe and became the first Dutch feature film to receive the ACADEMY AWARD for Best Foreign Language Film.

By this time, Theo was already scouting his first American film, MIRACLE MILE, starring Anthony Edwards & Mare Winningham and directed by Steve De Jarnatt, which had been listed as “one of the 10 best unmade scripts” in Hollywood and after it’s release, became an instant cult film. After 27 years MIRACLE MILE was re-mastered and re-released on Blu-Ray and won in 2016 the SATURN AWARD FOR- BEST DVD / BLU-RAY CLASSIC RELEASE from The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films

After over 25 feature films and documentaries in Europe and around the world, Theo settled in Los Angeles with his wife– filmmaker Michèle Ohayon, and continued to work on another 35 features, a great variety of both studio and independent films. He has shot for such directors as: Gary Fleder, Mick Jackson, Carl Franklin, Lasse Hallstrom, Garry Marshall, Joan Micklin Silver, and the legendary Robert Wise.

His critically acclaimed and iconic work includes: BLADE, CRUEL INTENTIONS, MIRACLE MILE, CROSSING DELANCEY, ONCE AROUND, VOLCANO, OUT OF TIME, TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, and HOMEFRONT.

While Theo has worked in virtually every genre, WAYNE’S WORLD was his first comedy, which led to many more successful comedies including BIG DADDY and GROWN UPS.

Theo has continued his love of documentaries and has co-produced several award-winning documentaries with his partner Michèle Ohayon, including COLORS STRAIGHT UP which was nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD, DGA AWARD and SPIRIT AWARD for Best Feature Length Documentary along with winning 13 national awards, STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, which received the prestigious Yad Vashem award, Sonoma Festival Audience Award and screened at the United Nations, and COWBOY DEL AMOR, which won the Jury and Audience award at the SXSW festival, an IDA Nomination and several other national awards.

In the television world, he worked with director Mick Jackson on the pilot for THE PRACTICE, TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE starring Jack Lemmon, which won an Emmy, a DGA award and was nominated for a Golden Globe, and THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER starring Emily Watson, which was also nominated for an Emmy.on

For director Gary Fleder he shot the feature film HOMEFRONT, for whom he has also

Worked on 7 TV pilots and 5 TV episodes. Theo’s TV film DELIVERANCE

CREEK, a period piece set during the Civil War and directed by Jon Amiel, got an ASC

AWARD in the category of Best TV film in 2014

Theo speaks English, French, German and Dutch fluently, and has shot all over the world, including England, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Lithuania, South Africa, Uganda, Morocco, Tunisia, Kuwait, Surinam, 8 Gulf States, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Cuba, Mexico, Canada, Indonesia, China, Canada and the US.


FEATURES DIRECTORS / PRODUCTION

MAGIC CAMP Mark Waters / DISNEY 2017
BAD SANTA 2 Mark Waters / MIRAMAX 2016
DELIVERANCE CREEK (TV) ****** Jon Amiel / LIFETIME –WARNER HORIZON 2014
HOMEFRONT Gary Fleder / MILLENIUM 2013
GROWNUPS 2 Dennis Dugan / SONY / HAPPY MADISON 2012
LOVE & HONOR Danny Mooney / Peninsula Films, LLC 2012
CARJACKED John Bonito / DAN GRODNICK 2010
JUST GO WITH IT Dennis Dugan / SONY / HAPPY MADISON 2010
GROWNUPS Dennis Dugan / SONY / HAPPY MADISON 2009
THE HOLE (3D) ***** Joe Dante / BOLD FILMS 2009
SILENT ARMY / WIT LICHT ` Jean Van de Velde / THE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP 2008
COLLEGE ROAD TRIP Roger Kumble / DISNEY 2008
THE MEMORY KEEPERS DAUGHTER (TV) **** Mick Jackson / SHOWTIME 2007
YOURS, MINE & OURS Raja Gosnell / PARAMOUNT / MGM 2005
BEAUTY SHOP Billy Woodruff / MGM 2004
LITTLE BLACK BOOK Nick Hurran / SONY / REVOLUTIONS 2003
OUT OF TIME Carl Franklin / MGM 2002
DISFUNKTIONAL FAMILY / EDDIE GRIFFIN LIVE George Gallo / GOLD CIRCLE 2002
HIGH CRIMES Carl Franklin / 20TH CENTURY FOX 2001
DOUBLE TAKE George Gallo / DISNEY 2000
LITTLE NICKY Steve Brill / NEW LINE 2000
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (TV) *** Mick Jackson / HARPO FILMS 1999
BIG DADDY Dennis Dugan / SONY 1998
CRUEL INTENTIONS Roger Kumble / ORIGINAL FILMS / SONY 1998
BLADE Stephen Norrington / NEW LINE CINEMA 1998
VOLCANO Mick Jackson / 20TH CENTURY FOX 1997
BUSHWACKED (Tenderfoots) Greg Beeman / 20TH CENTURY FOX 1995
WET (Short) Bob Rafelson / GOLDEN FIXTURES 1995
SWALLOWS NEVER DIE IN JERUSALEM (Les Hirondelles ne meurent pas a Jerusalem – Israel, Palestine)
Ridha Behi / BABA FILMS, PARIS 1994
EXIT TO EDEN Gary Marshall / SAVOY 1994
WAYNE’S WORLD Penelope Spheeris / PARAMOUNT 1992
BODY PARTS Eric Red / PARAMOUNT 1991
BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY…THEY GET EVEN Joan Micklin Silver / NEW LINE CINEMA 1991
ONCE AROUND Lasse Hallstrom / UNIVERSAL 1991
EYES OF AN ANGEL (The Tender) Robert Harmon / TWE 1991
THE FIRST POWER (Pentagram, Transit) Robert Resnikoff / INTERSCOPE 1990
ROOFTOPS Robert Wise / NEW VISIONS 1989
CROSSING DELANCEY Joan Micklin Silver / WARNER BROS 1988
MIRACLE MILE Steve Dejarnatt / HEMDALE 1988
DER MADONNA MANN (Germany) Hans Christoph Blumenberg / RADIANT 1987
LOOKING FOR EILEEN (Zoeken naar Eileen – Holland, Belgium) Rudolf van den Berg / EAFA / CANNON 1986
HITTING THE FAN (Mamma is boos ! – Holland) Ruud van Hemert / THE MOVIES 1986
THE POINTSMAN(De Wisselwachter – Scotland) ** Jos Stelling / JOS STELLING PRODS. 1986
THE ASSAULT (De Aanslag – Holland,England,Italy) * Fons Rademakers / CANNON GROUP 1986
BITTER SWEET (Het Bittere Kruid) (Holland) Kees van Oostrum / VNF 1985
PRIVATE RESISTANCE ( De ijssalon – Holland) Dimitri Frenkel Frank / R.KERBOSCH 1985
SCORPION (De Schorpioen – Holland, Indonesia) Ben Verbong / THE MOVIES 1984
ARMY BRATS (Schatjes! – Holland, Belgium) Ruud van Hemert / THE MOVIES 1984
GIOVANNI (Holland) Annette Apon / NIEUWE GRONDEN 1983
DE ANNA (Holland) Erik van Zuylen / OLGA MADSEN 1983
THE ILLUSIONIST (De Illusionist – Holland) Jos Stelling / JOS STELLING PRODS. 1984
HEDWIG: THE QUIET LAKES (Van de koele meren des Doods – Holland, France, England) Nouchka van Brakel / SIGMA FILMS 1982
WAVES (Golven – Holland) Annette Apon / NIEUWE GRONDEN 1981
THE GIRL WITH THE RED HAIR (Het Meisje met het rode haar – Holland) Ben Verbong / THE MOVIES 1981
CHARLOTTE (Germany, Italy) Frans Weisz / CINETEAM / CCC / RAI 1980
WHITEY(De Witte van Sichem – Belgium) Robbe de Hert / VISIE FILM 1979
THE JUDGE’S FRIEND (Mijn vriend, Het Verborgen Leven van Jules Depraeter – Belgium)
Fons Rademakers / RADEMAKERS PRODS. 1979
DOCTOR VLIMMEN (Belgium) Guido Pieters / CINECENTRUM 1977
THE DEBUT (Het Debuut – Holland) Nouchka van Brakel / SIGMA FILMS 1977
SUN OF THE HYENAS (Solleil des Hyenes – Maroc) Ridha Behi / FUGITIVE FILMS 1977
EVERY DAY A PARTY (Alle Dagen Feest – Holland) Orlov Seunke, Otto Jongerius,
Paul de Lussanet, Ate de Jong / SIGMA 1976
MELANCHOLY TALES (Zwaarmoedige verhalen voor bij de centrale verwarming – Holland) Guido Pieters, Nouchka van Brakel
Bas Van der Lek, Ernie Damen / SIGMA 1975
KASPER IN THE UNDERWORLD (Belgium) Jef van der Heyden / FILMS VAN DE VELDE P.V.B.A. 1974
DAKOTA -partial (Holland) Wim Verstappen / SCORPIO FILMS 1973
FAREWELL (Vaarwel – Holland) Guido Pieters / CINEMA 1972

* Academy Award Best Foreign Film 1986 and Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film 1986
** Best Cinematography Festival International de Cine de Madrid 1987
*** Prime Time Emmy, a DGA award and nominated for a Golden Globe
**** Nominated for an Emmy
***** Venice Film Festival – 3D Award
****** ASC Nomination Best TV Movie 2014

“GOLDEN CALF”(1982 and 1987) award for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY in The Netherlands for a 2×5-year period

TV PILOTS/EPISODES DIRECTORS / PRODUCTION
SALAMANDER (Pilot) Gary Fleder/ ABC 2017
ISSUES (Pilot) Gary Fleder/ UNIVERSAL-NBC/ABC-FREEFORM 2016
GUILT (109, 110) Larry Shaw / LIONS GATE/ABC-FREEFORM 2016
GUILT (107, 108) Marzee Almas / LIONS GATE/ABC-FREEFORM 2016
GUILT (105, 106) Liz Allen/ LIONS GATE/ABC-FREEFORM 2016
GUILT Gary Fleder/ LIONS GATE/ABC-FREEFORM 2015
ART OF MORE ( Double Pilot) Gary Fleder / SONY CRACKLE 2015
CHEERLEADERS DEATH SQUAD (Pilot) Mark Waters / CW/ CBS 2015
EVIL MEN (Pilot) Gary Fleder / CBS / USA NETWORK 2015
SALEM ROGERS -Model of the Year 1998 (Pilot) Mark Waters / AMAZON STUDIOS 2014
IDENTITY (pilot) Gary Fleder / CW / CBS 2014
THE BEAUTY & THE BEAST )pilot) Gary Fleder / CW /CBS 2012
IDENTITY ( Pilot) Gary Fleder / TOUCHSTONE / ABC 2011
HAPPY TOWN (double pilot) Gary Fleder / TOUCHSTONE / ABC 2009
OCTOBER ROAD 102 “The Pros and Cons of Upsetting the Applecart”
Gary Fleder / TOUCHSTONE / ABC 2006
OCTOBER ROAD 103 “Tomorrow’s so far away” Gary Fleder / TOUCHSTONE / ABC 2006
OCTOBER ROAD 104 “Secrets and Lies” Michael Schultz / TOUCHSTONE / ABC 2006
OCTOBER ROAD 105 “Forever until Now” David Paymer / TOUCHSTONE / ABC 2006
OCTOBER ROAD 106 “Best Friend Windows” Gary Fleder / TOUCHSTONE / ABC 2006
THE RICHES (pilot) Carl Franklin / FX / FOX 2006
THE STREET LAWYER (pilot) Paris Barclay / TOUCHSTONE / ABC 2003
CRUEL INTENTIONS (pilot) Roger Kumble / COLUMBIA / FOX 1999
THE PROFILER (episode) Kees Van Oostrum / NBC 1998
THE PROFILER (episode) Ian Toynton / NBC 1998
THE PRACTICE (pilot) Mick Jackson / KELLY PRODS./ NBC 1997

FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES DIRECTORS / PRODUCTION
S.O.S. “State of Security” Michele Ohayon / DIAMOND LANE FILMS 2008
STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME +++++ Michele Ohayon / HOMELAND FILM PROD. 2007
COWBOY DEL AMOR ++++ Michele Ohayon / HOMELAND FILM PROD. 2005
COLORS STRAIGHT UP +++ Michele Ohayon / HOMELAND FILM PROD. 1997
IT WAS A WONDERFUL LIFE Michele Ohayon / HOMELAND FILM PROD. 1992
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL (New Orleans) Paul Justman 1991
WE ARE COMING AS FRIENDS (We komen als vrienden – Indonesia) Marion Bloem 1985
STRANGER AT HOME (Israel, Cyprus) Rudolf van den Berg 1985
THE FUTURE OF ’36 (Spain, Holland) Willum Thijssen 1983
DROWN COUNTRY (Verdronken Land – Suriname) Chris Brouwer 1980
THE FACTORY (Cuba) ++ Hilly Molenaar 1979
THE ALIENS PLACE (De plaats van de vreemdeling – Israel, Holland, Lebanon) Rudolf van den Berg 1979
ORONOQUE (Suriname) + Aat den Ouden/Theo Van de Sande / SLUIZER FILMS 1977

+ Trento Film Festival – Best Expedition Film
++ FIPRESCI and FICC and World Trade Union Council Awards
+++ 1997 Academy Award Nominee, DGA Award Nominee, Spirit Award Nominee, 9 National Awards
++++ 2005 S&SW festival – Austin, Jury and Audience award, IDA nomination, Winner Santa-Fe Film festival,
Winner Filmmaker Award Durango Film Festival
+++++ 2007 Yad Vashem Award, Audience Award Sonoma Film Festival

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