On location  - Tordrillo Mountain Lodge - Alaska.  

On location  - Tordrillo Mountain Lodge - Alaska.  

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 was one of only 20 students selected 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.  

An award-winning cinematographer with over 15 years of experience, I recently completed season 4 of the hit series, Mr. Student Body President, with 6 Streamy Nominations and 2 Wins. 

My  latest film, Butterfly Caught, has screened at over a dozen festivals picking up numerous awards including, Best Director and Best Ensemble at the San Diego Int’l Film Festival. 

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.

Other notables include the successful documentary films, Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman and 24 Hour War.

Original a  Seattle native, I  studied directing at the  University of Washington’s School of Drama, attended the New York Film Academy, and I'm member of the International Cinematographer's Guild.

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, Bookit.com, Royal Caribbean.