Aerial Focus / Tom Sanders Resume
Aerial Focus founded by Tom Sanders in 1979.
Director of Photography
Aerial Stunt Coordinator
Perfect Safety Record
Still Photography in 35mm or medium format
Cinematography in 35mm, Super 35mm or Super 16mm formats including anamorphic lenses. All cameras including Arri 235 for helmet camera freefall filming with video tap.
Video acquisition in all HD formats is feasible.
Stock Library of still images, movie original, HD tape and digital video sources.
Licenses and Qualifications include United States Parachute Association Expert license (D6503), PRO Skydiving Exhibition Rating with over 7000 skydives, 145 BASE jumps. United States Hang-Gliding Association expert rating. Member of the Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and SCUBA certified. Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Light Sport Aircraft WSC (powered-hang-glider).
Inducted into The US ARMY Golden Knights in 2015
2005 Meritorious Service Award from the United States Parachute Association “For over a quarter of a century of promoting skydiving and the USPA in general through his photography and cinematography seen world-wide”.
Consultant to the US ARMY Golden Knights Skydiving Team for freefall camera instruction.
Consultant to US DELTA FORCE for freefall camera instruction.
In charge of live video transmission of skydiving exhibition at 1988 Seoul Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
In charge of live video transmission of skydiving exhibition at Coca Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway promoting the “Fantastic Four, Rise of the Silver Surfer” movie.
In charge of freefall photography/videography/cinematography of President George Bush’s skydives at US Army Proving Grounds and during the opening ceremonies skydive he made at his Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.
Over The Edge Awards:
U.S. International Film and Video Festival
SPORTS-Gold Camera Award (winner)
Television, Home Video, Entertainment (winner)
Winner of Special Achievement Award
Best of Show
CINE Awards - Golden Eagle (winner)
Intercom Awards - Silver Hugo (winner)
President Bush Skydiving - CBS TV, LIFE & TIME
Golden eye - EON Productions
Tomorrow Never Dies - EON Productions
The Living Daylights - EON Productions
Mt. Dew (Angel Falls Base Jump) - Fahrenheit Films
Drop Zone - Paramount Pictures
Burger King - Admiralty Productions
Terminal Velocity - Steep Hollow
SONY (Frefall) - Striper Films
AT&T (Skysurfing) Rad Mom - HKM Productions
Merrill Lynch BASE jump - Film Realite
Sky Shooter - NGTV Explorer
What Dreams May Come - Interscope
Point Break - Tapestry Films
Miller Beer (Heros) - Leo Burnett USA
Cheers - Paramount Television
Weber Barbecues - 1/33 Productions
Pontiac Grand AM - Crest Films
Flight of The Intruder - Paramount Pictures
Skybunny - The Playboy Channel
Navy Seals - Orion Pictures
Mercedes (BASE) - Tony Kaye Films
Mt. Dew "Done That" - Propaganda Films
Golden Grahams - 1/33 Productions
Pepsi Max - Sandbank & Partners
Bank of Zion - Warren Miller Ent.
Extreme Edge - ABC TV Special
Blue Cross Insurance - J. Walter Insurance
Nomurashoken ACE - Dentsu Advertising
Survivor 2014 - SEG, Inc.
Seoul Olympics Opening Ceremonies - OOC
Over The Edge (nine first place awards) - Aerial Focus
Civil Wars - Stephen Bocho Prods.
Miller Beer (Project Gold) - Jon Francis Films
Falling Angels - The Discovery Channel
Wings - The Discovery Channel
BASE Jumpers (Cable ACE nomination) - The Discovery Channel
The Extremists (12 Episodes) - Bennett Productions
Stuntmasters - FOX Television
The Amazing Race - Paul Ehman Productions
Congo - Paramount Pictures
Ultimate Challenge - Fox Television
Pepsi BASE jump (Royal Gorge) Fahrenheit Films
Mt. Dew (freefall bicycle) - Momentum Films
Phillips Cellular Phone - HKM Productions
Hot Shots Deux - 20th Century Fox
Zurich Insurance - Alpine Films
M&M's Japan - GMS Productions
American Express/ American Airlines - Harmony Pictures
Honda of UK - Big Sky Productions
Silver Surfer Skydiving Exhibition - 20th Century Fox
Predators - 20th Century Fox
Hawaii Five-0 (sequence nominated for Emmy) - CBS
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Halo jump episode from Air Force C-17 requiring Pentagon approval - CBS
Photographs Published Worldwide: Life, Outside, Sports Illustrated, People, Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic, Smithsonian, Time, Video Review, Stern, Parachutist, Skydiving Magazine, Fallschrimsport, Hang-Gliding Magazine, US News and World Report, Para-Gear, The Ultimate Adventure Source Book, Best of Exposure, Max Magazine, Inside SPORTS (Australia), Forbes, Wall Street Journal etc.