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The Thermal Club

Take a peek inside the ultra-exclusive, members-only racetrack resort hidden in the middle of the California desert.

  • AJ Bleyer
  • AJ Bleyer
  • AJ Bleyer
  • Shawn Christian
    Key Cast
  • Eleanor Patrikios
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Action, Romance
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 7, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    RED 4K
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Director Biography - AJ Bleyer

AJ should be looked at as only having one hand, because ever since the age of 13 he’s always held a camera in the other. Trying to marry his two passions of cars and cameras, he began shooting automotive videos. His work quickly spread to luxury dealerships, and soon AJ began being known for his automotive work. At age 22 AJ left his job at Apple to pursue filmmaking full-time, and within a year was directing videos for elite car manufacturers like Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Tesla, McLaren and many more.

Known for his dynamic angles and keen attention to detail, AJ's portfolio now includes a wide variety of content- from MTV-featured music videos to national broadcast television commercials. When he’s not working on movies or driving cars, AJ is either working on movies or driving cars.

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Director Statement

All my life, I've only known two passions: cars and cameras. It started in the canyons of Malibu after high school, but it's only grown since. Over the years I've been lucky enough to shoot for many of my dream brands and access incredibly rare vehicles... but nothing I've ever experienced even comes CLOSE to The Thermal Club. Million dollar hypercars casually putter by as breathtaking mountain landscapes line the horizon.

When I was offered to film a "walkthrough video" for the resort, I knew this was the chance I'd been waiting for my whole life. To shoot my first ever short film, and to capture something that felt really, truly cinematic. I reinvested 100% of my profit back into this video, and wrote, directed, produced and edited this entire project myself. I'm so excited to share the magic of The Thermal Club with other enthusiasts who might not even think a place this amazing could exist. It's Disneyland, for car-lovers.