After working for a number of years as a professional Cinematographer, Derek is comfortable both shooting and directing. His commercial directing work has won 3 Regional Emmys, a National and Gold Addy, as well as D&AD First.
He is drawn to create imagery that elicits an emotional response, and stories that get the heart racing and adrenaline pumping. He strives to make audiences laugh out loud and sit on the edge of their seat. He believes in the medium of motion pictures to affect positive change in society. He loves being part of projects that inspire humans to try harder, to be more mindful of others, more caring, more inclusive, more supportive, more hopeful.