Bill Breithaupt had the realization that photography and filmmaking were what he wanted to do in life. By age 9 he was enrolled in film classes, and made his first film "Trick or Treat". This film was screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival. With a competitive streak ever-present in his character, as well as a high level of energy, Bill was involved in many sports including swim team, soccer and
With a competitive streak ever-present in his character, as well as a high level of energy, Bill was involved in many sports including swim team, soccer and skateboarding. Skateboarding became his passion. As his skills grew, followed by his trophy collection, he decided to attract the attention of sponsors by filming his incredible t
Bill Breithaupt thanking his MotherThrasher's in Ocala, FL SkateparkWinning "Best Director" for AquaBurnttbd
As his skills grew, followed by his trophy collection, he decided to attract the attention of sponsors by filming his incredible tricks. Bills idea worked, and under the sponsorship of such companies as Independent Trucks, Skate Rags Clothing Co., Stylized Sun Glasses and Walker Skateboards, Bill went on to win more skate competitions, bigger trophies and even more sponsors
Burning Man founder Larry HarveyBurning Man Selfie from Director Bill Breithaupt
Burning Man 200135mm film shoot: Brawley, CA
Yes! I invented THE SELFIE at age 9
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Hawaiian Skydive Do something everyday that scares you!
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Burning Man Selfie from Director Bill Breithaupt
He then returned to his earlier passion of filmmaking. Apprenticing under the photographer Mike Voorhees in Newport Beach, CA he improved his framing techniques. He studied graphic arts at the Art Institute of So. California, film/audio techniques at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, FL computer animation under Pixar animator Jimmy Hayward at the Academy of Art San Francisco.
"BEST DIRECTOR" 2013 Burning Man 2008 (10 Years)
Solar Eclipse (Idaho) 2017 8 camera set up
Bill Breithaupt Receives a STANDING OVATION in Santa Cruz for his film AquaBurn
Brixton London Coney Island New York The Village New York
Adrenaline Network Directed by Bill Breithaupt
Star Wars Fan Film "Valley of Judgement" Starring and directed by Bill Breithaupt
Star Wars - Valley of Judgement
He began his career making videos: music, modeling, wedding, corporate and extreme sports, you name it, he has probably caught it on film. None of that compared to the footage he began capturing in 1999 when he was invited to by a friend to attend and film the annual Burning Man Festival held in Black Rock City, Nevada.
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What started off as fulfilling a friend’s request for a souvenir video of the event became a passion for Bill. He passed out the edited footage to friends, who passed it to friends, who gave it to their friends,
Lake Tahoe Scuba DiveAquaBurn "The Director's Cut"
Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcok's "PSYCHO"
Richard Kiel as JAWS in "The Spy Who Loved Me"
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in "Star Wars"
Geoffrey Lewis "High Plains Drifter" & "Every Which Way But Loose"
Ian Mcdiarmid as Emperor "Senator Palpatine" Star Wars Saga
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker "STAR WARS"
Ray Park as Darth Maul "STAR WARS SAGA"
Jeremy Bulloch as Boba Fett "STAR WARS SAGA"
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca "STAR WARS SAGA"
Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown in "Back to the Future"
"Lord of the Rings" Sean Astin
"The Goonies" - Sean Astin
Nichelle Nicols As Uhura in Star Trek
Stan Lee creator of "Spider-Man"
Cary Elwes From Robin Hood Men in Tights and The Princess Bride
David Naughton as David Kessler in "American Werewolf in London"