Director of Photography - Commercial Cinematographer/Director- International Cinematographer's Guild (local 600)
A passionate image-maker, story-teller, and artist, Derek has made it his life’s mission to bring his creative spirit and energy to every project he takes on. He lives for opportunities that challenge him and believes that success comes from collaboration and teamwork.
While studying directing at the University of Washington’s School of Drama, he recognized a love for story telling. A powerful turning point in his life; he dedicated his life to the craft. After spending a summer traveling and studying at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Montana, he moved to New York to attend the New York Film Academy to study cinematography and film directing.
Derek returned to his hometown of Seattle to work on a few independent films before landing his first job on the CBS show, The Fugitive. In 2001, he moved to Santa Monica and started shooting a variety of films, documentaries, and TV shows gaining recognition and awards at various film festivals throughout the country. His most recent films Butterfly Caught and 24 Hour War will be released this summer.
In the Spring 2016, Derek wrapped his first episodic series, Mr. Student Body President. A 10 episode streaming series set to air on Verizon's Go90 network, later this summer.
After traveling to Africa in 2003 to shoot the documentary, Hungry, he co-founded a non-profit to help bring global awareness to extreme hunger. His most recent documentaries include the award-winning film, Behind the Orange Curtain, Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman and the A&E feature docs, OJ Speaks: The Hidden Tapes.
He has had the opportunity to immerse himself in the commercial world as well, working as both a director and cinematographer. He has shot for such clients as Audi, Nissan, Marmot, Sony, Microsoft, American Idol, TNT, Adidas, and Bookit.com.
Outside of his creative endeavors, he is a dedicated husband and father, an avid outdoorsman, sportsman and traveler. He lives for new experiences, building strong relationships, and creating community through music, photography, and film.
Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks, MARVEL Studios, Sony Pictures, A&E, New Form Digital, Verizon, Nissan, Marmot ABC, Audi USA, TNT, Toyota, Adidas,FOX American Idol, Toshiba, Anthem Blue Cross, Bookit.com, Royal Caribbean.