Director's Bio: William Brandon Breithaupt
Breithaupt@prodigy.net    Bill@AquaBurn.com

Bill Breithaupt had the realization that photography and filmmaking were what he wanted to do in life. By age 10 he was enrolled in 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 Mother             Thrasher's in Ocala, FL Skatepark           Winning "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         

   

Director Bill Breithaupt with Burning Man creator Larry Harvey            Burning Man Selfie from Director Bill Breithaupt                 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.  

   

                       Burning Man 2001 film crew                                                     Brawley, CA 35mm film shoot 

 

                    

    

 Burning Man: TimeBlur (2012) Directed by Bill Breithaupt - (Not included on AquaBurn DVD)

 

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.

 

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.

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,

 

                            filming in Lake Tahoe                                                                           Burning Man    

 Stoked by the floods of compliments, Bill began his own tradition. It was in the year 2002 that he made his breakthrough film "AquaBurn". At the Santa Cruz Film Festival showcasing films about Burning Man, only one month after the festival itself, "AquaBurn" was premiered and garnered a standing ovation from the 300+ crowd. "AquaBurn" later went on to take 1st place in the Coney Island Festival.

 

                         One woman for me, other half of my soul, you're my queen.

                         One woman for me, other half of my soul, roots of my tree.

  

             Moon of my life, my sun and my stars.                              It's the end of the world!   

  

   I'm exposed and I am pure, no one makes me feel secure, except you and now we're all in All in, I am all in .

                    

     

Burning Man: Carnival of Mirrors (2015) Directed by Bill Breithaupt - (Not included on AB DVD)

   

When he is not making killer films he can be found tearin’ up the slopes in Lake Tahoe with his friends. The Scuba Dive Master, with over 150 dives under his belt, is also fond of taking trips to Monterey, CA to catch a few shots of the "locals" with his underwater camera.

 

   

 

 

    

 

                  

     

   Burning Man: "PlayaProject" (1999) Directed by Bill Breithaupt - (Not included on AB DVD)

   

       Ace Frehley costume Selfie                           Yes! I invented the selfie                                   Jawa Costume 

      

                             Rock on!!                                                  Christmas Jam                             KISS guitar "FUCK OFF"

     

        Frontside Wallride/Aptos CA                   Silhouette Selfie/Costa Mesa CA          One footed HoHo/Santa Cruz CA

 

     

      Climbing Mt.Tam CA              Friends Forever/Video Selfie Grand Canyon AZ                  Church Camp CA     

   

 

                 

   

    Director Bill Breithaupt gets a Standing Ovation for his film AquaBurn at Santa Cruz, CA

    

                  Breithaupt chillin' with MATISYAHU                                                 Breithaupt and Stan Lee

   

      Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)                  Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)                       Darth Maul (Ray Park)

     

            Janet Leigh from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho"                                          "JAWS" Richard Kiel   

  

                    (Gavin Newsom)                         Eastwood's sidekick(Geoffrey Lewis)   Back to the Future(Christopher Lloyd) 

 

      Pixar Animator/Director/Teacher- Jimmy Hayward                     "American Graffiti"  Paul Le Mat (John Miller)

  

                            Nate Smith (Fire Tornado)                                    "The Master of fire"               Matisyahu/Breithaupt

                      Beard trim by Dave Ladrech                                          

 

                 

    

Burning Man: "Got Fire" part 1 (2000) Directed by Bill Breithaupt - (Not included on AB DVD)

    

           The Actors - Robert and Jamie                                       ACTION!!!                         Pixar/Director-Jimmy Hayward

    

       Director-Andy Wilson "Playing God"                      Cabo Party Crew                                       35R Night 

      

               So HAPPY!!                                         David Naughton from "American Werewolf in London"

     

                                     Ian McDiarmid - (Senator/Emperor Palpatine aka Darth Sidious/Sith Lord) - Star Wars Saga

   

  

         Dr. Austin Richards, Ph.D., particle physics from UC Berkeley is the creator of Dr. MegaVolt

                 
    

 Burning Man: "Got Fire" part 2 (2000) Directed by Bill Breithaupt - (Not included on AB DVD)

  

                                                                   "Halo On Fire" Metallica Music Video  

    

                                   Matisyahu                                                                             Metallica Music Video

    

          Stick Figure's Scott Woodwolf/Coco                 Stu Brooks - Bass Man/Matisyahu                       Matisyahu                        

   

              Cold Play's Chris Martin                                       Fun Times with Matisyahu                       AC/DC Angus Young   

  

                             Agent Orange - Mike Palm                                                                 "A NEW LIFE BEGINS"

  

       SkateBoarding Legends Dave Duncan                                 Steve Caballero                               Lance Mountain

        

Chuch Dinkins/Bruce Walker/Jim McCall              Thrasher Mag Ad                    Matisyahu's Manager David Serber 

 

                  

      

            Bill Breithaupt: Pro Skateboarding in "SKATERDAZE" - (Not included on AB DVD)

                   David Serbernddn 

    

                        Ron Allen                              WakeBoard Legend Shaun Murray                           Omar Hasson     

 

                         Steve Caballero         

     

                           Jäger Girls                        Mark Partain/Mike Rogers-GrindForLife         Miss SprintCup Paige Duke           

    

                              NASCAR's Ryan Newman                                                             NASCAR's David Gilliland

      

         NASCAR's Bobby Labonte                      Miss Sprint Cup Paige Duke                                Moto Winners 

          

     

      

                 NHRA  Dargracer Keeter Ray                       KEETER RAY the MOVIE                               Bad-Ass MF

  

                  

      

    Burning Man: "Got Fire" part 3 (2000) Directed by Bill Breithaupt - (Not included on AB DVD)

      

    Photographer Mike Voorhees                              Adam C.                                                     Ski Master Adam C.

    

 

      

 

    

                        Chillin' in Cabo                                Parttime skateboards Jon Yunker                Halloween/Castro SF                 

 

                                                                                                                                      Pixar Advanced Animation class 

           

                Pinup Artist Olivia De Berardinis

    

  Radio Flyer Set, Novato CA      Dad's lake Cabin, AL         World War II Veteran 10th Mountain Division    Gangster Planks Skateboards

  

                    "Warriors, come out to play-i-ay!"                                                                      Kali  

 

   

 

    

 

               

       

Burning Man: "Got Fire" part 4 (2000) Directed by Bill Breithaupt - (Not included on AB DVD)

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Burning Man: "PlayaScape" part 1 (2001) Directed by Bill Breithaupt - (Not included on AB DVD)

     

 

     

 

     

 

        

 

                 "Trick or Treat"                                        AquaBurn "Directors's Cut"                   Star Wars: Valley of Judgment

 

 Make-Up Artist Chip Douglas Williams             Stop Motion Titles/Super 8                   Best Director Acceptance speech

 

                                                                                    Mike Voorhees Family

 

  

                  

      

Burning Man: "PlayaScape" part 2 (2001) Directed by Bill Breithaupt - (Not included on AB DVD)

 

   

     

     

    

   
   

       

 

 

    

 

                   

        

                                                                        Bill Breithaupt: Snowboarding (Kirkwood, CA)