Feb 27, 2011
Thijs Bazelmans

Thijs Bazelmans

Personal Information

Name: Thijs Bazelmans

Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA USA

Date of birth: March 1st 1985

Nationality: Dutch

Notable Projects

Showtek – 90s By Nature. Director
Music Video for EDM heavyweights Showtek. Currently has close to 3 million views on youtube and counting. Is broadcast in various European Countries.

6/2013 – Present
Art School of Horrors. Director
Feature film. Executive produced by Hollywood legend Roger Corman at New Horizons Picture Corp and Diane Baker. Starring Jeffrey Combs and Matthew Jacobs. Scheduled for release in 2015.

6/2014 – Present
Various TV Movies. 2nd Unit Director
Feature films. Produced by Shadowland Productions. All scheduled for release in 2015 on LifeTime.

Shiners and the Gal. Director & Editor
Short film. Starting its film festival tour in January 2015. Stay tuned for screening dates.

Finish Him!. Director & Editor
Short film. Released through internet channels in 2012.

Kosher. Director
Short film. Lead actor Stu Chase won the “Best Actor” award at the Vacaville filmfestival. Toured filmfestivals across US.

De Lucha Boys. Writer, Director & Editor
HKU thesis movie. Premiered at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Awarded Best Student Short at the Chicago United Film Festival 2011, Best Action-Thriller, and Best Action Thriller Director by the American International Film Festival. Official Selection for more then twelve film festivals in the Netherlands, USA and Australia.

Kwart voor Heel. Writer, Director & Editor
Mini soap series, written, directed and edited with Tom Rijpert for Dutch broadcasting company RVU. Broadcasted through various internet channels.

Furaha. Instructor
Music video for Tanzanian hiphop-act “X-plastaz”. Created together with students from the Kilimanjaro Film Institute in Arusha, Tanzania and fellow HKU student Mo Assem. Voted Video of the week on East Africa TV (EATV – Channel 5) and broadcasted in more then ten African countries on a daily basis for several weeks.

Hi-FiWriter, Director & Producer
Short film written, directed and produced as part of my internship at Amsterdam based production company 100% Halal. Finalist at the Dutch Online Film Festival.

Professional Experience

2013 – present
Freelance Director San Francisco and Los Angeles
Freelance director, editor and media manager. Regular clients include Rockbridge (SF) and Shadowland Productions (LA).

2004 – 2010
Moose Egg Utrecht (the Netherlands)
Freelance director and designer. Regular cliënts include: 100% Halal, Havasu Films, de Nieuwe Amateur, Breed Welzijn Delft, and Speakers.

2/2009 – 6/2009
Kilimanjaro Film Institute Arusha (Tanzania)
Instructor. Training a group of young film students. Helping them realize various film projects (specifically Music-Videos).

2003 – 2004
De Nieuwe Amateur Delft(the Netherlands)
Producer of various cultural programs for teenagers. Including live-performances, fine-art workshops and exhibitions.

2003 – 2004
Tonka ontwerpt Delft(the Netherlands)
Designer of both print- and web-material.

Pre 2003
Various additional jobs:
Mailman, tomato-picker, administrative worker at an insurance company and electromechanical assembly worker.



8/2008 – 9/2009
100% Halal Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
Intern. Working on all the aspects of filmmaking in commercial, artistic and non-profit projects.
I took on almost every on- and off-set position they had: Director, Editor, Writer, Designer, Compositor, Set Dresser, AD, Prod Asst, Office Asst etc.



9/2010 – 12/2014
Academy of Art University. San Francisco. Major: Motion Pictures & TV – Directing. Graduated 12/2014. Master of Fine Arts.

9/2006 – 6/2010
Utrecht School Of The Arts. (HKU) Faculty Art, Media and Technology in Hilversum (the Netherlands). Major: Image and Media Technology. Graduated 6/28/2010 . Bachelor of Design with honours.

9/2004 – 7/2006
AKV St. Joost Den Bosch (the Netherlands). Major: Illustration. Finished first two years incl. propaedeutic.

6/2004 – 9/2004
Academy of Art University San Francisco. Major: New Media (Summer semester – 4.0/4.0 GPA)

9/1997 – 6/2003
Stanislas College Delft (the Netherlands). Pre-university education (graduated in Math, Science, Physics and Fine Arts)


Additional Education 

1/2005 – 7/2005

University of Tilburg - Minor Philosophy



Dutch Native

English Fluent


Premiere Highly experienced

Final Cut Highly experienced

After Effects Experienced

Photoshop Experienced

Illustrator Highly experienced

InDesign Highly experienced

Dreamweaver Good (basic knowledge of html and css)

Flash Experienced (basic knowledge of AS 2.0 and 3.0)

Other activities

1998 – 2009
Hiphop/funk DJ
Residency at the Streetmasters extreme sports festival in the Netherlands.

1998 – 2009
Rapping with funk-a-hopic band HIDO