Derek Bauer 

Cinematographer - Filmmaker-  International Cinematographer's Guild (local 600)

A passionate image-maker, story-teller, and adventurer, I have made it my life’s mission to bring a creative spirit, mindfulness, and vibrancy to every project I take on. 

Growing up just outside Seattle, I attended the University of Washington’s School of Drama, where I one of only 20 students to participate in an advanced directing program.   After spending a summer photographing landscapes and attending the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Montana, I moved to New York to attend the New York Film Academy, studying cinematography and film directing.  

In 2001, I relocated to Santa Monica and began working professionally as a cinematographer. Over the past two years I was the cinematographer for the   Go90 Digital Series, Mr. Student Body President, which won multiple awards at the 2017 Streamy Awards.  This past year we just completed our 4 season of the hit show.  

The award-winning Independent thriller, Butterfly Caught,  premiered at the 2017 San Diego Int'l Film Festival, winning Best Director and Best Ensemble. It continues to gain acceptance and awards from festivals around the world.   

In addition to films and tv, I have been able to immerse myself in the commercial world both as a director and cinematographer.  This past year I have  shot commercials for DirectTV,  Universal's Jurassic World,  Royal Caribbean, Marmot, and Hot Wheels.   

In 2003, I had an opportunity to travel to Malawi, Africa to document the work of the The Hunger Project.  After that life-changing experience, I recognized the true power that film and cinema can have on shaping society.  My most recent documentaries include the award-winning film, Behind the Orange Curtain, Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, 24 Hour War, and the A&E feature docs, OJ Speaks: The Hidden Tapes.  Currently, I'm completing a 6-part docu-series on the history of KROQ that is being produced by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Corolla.  

Hopefully when I'm not shooting or traveling, you can find me skiing in the backcountry near Mammoth Lakes or ripping down the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains on my bike.  I'm a dedicated husband and father and I live for new experiences, to build strong relationships, and create community through adventure, photography, and film. 


Go90, 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,, Royal Caribbean.