Born in Tilburg, Holland, and a graduate of the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam , Theo van de Sande has been working as a director of photography since 1972.
He has shot over 50 feature films, 9 feature length documentaries, and over 40 shorts, short documentaries, TV series and musical performances.
In both 1982 and 1987 Theo van de Sande received the "GOLDEN CALF" for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, the highest award bestowed upon a director of photography in The Netherlands for a body of work every five years.
During the last years during which he worked in Europe, almost all of the feature films shot by Theo Van de Sande within have received international attention. Among them "THE GIRL WITH THE RED HAIR", which received the "Dutch Film Critics Award" in 1982, "THE ILLUSIONIST" which received in 1984 the "Dutch Best Film" and the "Dutch Film Critics Award", "THE POINTSMAN", which won the prize for "Best Cinematography" during the Madrid Film Festival.
In 1986, "THE ASSAULT" received THE ACADEMY AWARD and THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD for "Best Foreign Language Film."
Van de Sande has been living in Los Angeles since 1987 and has worked with a variety of film directors, among them: Robert Wise, Gary Marshall, Joan Micklin Silver, Lasse Hallstrom, Mick Jackson, and Carl Franklin.
His critically acclaimed feature film work in the United States include: "CROSSING DELANCEY", "MIRACLE MILE", "ONCE AROUND", "VOLCANO", "BLADE", "CRUEL INTENTIONS", “HIGH CIMES”, and “TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE.”
"COLORS STRAIGHT UP" was nominated for the ACADEMY AWARD, DGA AWARD and SPIRIT AWARD for best feature length documentary in 1997 along with 9 other National awards.
Theo van de Sande has also filmed in Belgium, France, England, Italy, Germany, Spain, Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, Kuwait, Gulf States, Surinam, Israel, Lebanon, Cuba, and Indonesia . He speaks English, French, German and Dutch fluently.