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 founder Larry Harvey            Burning Man Selfie from Director Bill Breithaupt    

                              Burning Man 2001                                                            35mm film shoot: Brawley, CA

 

                   Yes! I invented THE SELFIE at age 9

            Burning Man 2007                 KirkWood Ski Resort                 Burning Man 2012

 

      Burning Man 2016                   Burning Man 2008                         Burning Man 2010                   

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.

                    

    

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

 

      "BEST DIRECTOR" 2013                              Burning Man 2008 (10 Years)

 

 

 

      Brixton London              Coney Island New York          The Village New York

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.

                               Burning Man 2015                                            Burning Man 2016

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 Dive                                 AquaBurn "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"

 

                  Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown in "Back to the Future"

 

            David   Naughton as David Kessler in "American Werewolf in London"

                                     "Beware The Moon"

                                  Stan Lee creator of "Spider-Man"

         Pixar Advanced Animation Class           Pixar Studios Jimmy Hayward-Animator

 

Jimmy Hayward Director "Two Bullets"            The Actors form "Two Bullets"

              "Two Bullets"                                        Brawley, CA

 

  Bill's First Film School teacher Darrell Sevilla     Bill's first film Screened Mill Valley FF

 

          "Halo on Fire" Music Video               James Hetfield lead singer METALLICA

 

                         Mike Palm lead singer AGENT ORANGE

                                                                                                                          MATISYAHU

                                 "Step Out Into The Light"

  Stu Brooks Bassist for MATISYAHU       Scott Woodruff lead singer STICK FIGURE

           Chris Martin lead singer COLDPLAY                     Angus Young AC/DC