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Theo van de Sande, ASC

Cinematographer

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 interest 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, (an European WOODSTOCK) instead of going to his FILM ACADEMY graduation ceremony.  For a short time he was part of an underground film group HET AMSTERDAMS STADSJOURNAAL, but he mainly concentrated 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.

The film was awarded Best Expedition film at the Trento Film Festival

 

In the early eighties, Theo shot a quarter of all the Dutch Cinema and he received THE GOLDEN CALF (the “Dutch Oscar”) for Best Cinematography twice, both in 1982 and 1987—since in that time the award was 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,  followed this year by a revival in Europe and the USA.

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 more than 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

 

For director Gary Fleder he shot the feature film HOMEFRONT, for whom he has also worked on 9 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 Nomination in the category of Best TV film in 2014

 

Theo Van de Sande, ASC

cinematographer

 

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   (Pilot)                                                                                    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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