Derek Bauer

Derek Bauer

Camera Operator and Director of Photography

Santa Monica, California

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August 2016
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About Derek

Derek Bauer is a Director of Photography based in Santa Monica, CA. Derek has shot films, scripted series, documentaries, and commercials. Recently, he shot the New Form Digital Series, Mr. Student Body President, airing on Verizon's Go90 platform. His most recent film, Butterfly Caught, is set to release this fall. Commercial clients include Audi USA, Nissan, and Adidas.
Originally from Seattle, Derek graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Drama. While attending UW he was 1 of 15 selected students to participate in the Theater Directing Program. He is a member of the International Cinematographer's Guild, a dedicated father and lives to ski, mountain bike, and travel.



  • Sllip

    Sllip (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer SLLiP Follows Cam, a young father injured at work who fights to shield his family from his daily pain and addiction. When prescription drugs are not enough to manage, will he risk losing his family and his sanity to his demons?

  • The 24 Hour War

    The 24 Hour War (2016)
    Film (Documentary) Cinematographer In the early 1960's, Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari went to war on the battlefield of Le Mans and tested the limits of international racing. This epic battle saw driver's lose their lives, family dynasty's nearly collapse and the development the Ford GT40 race car.

  • Mr. Student Body President

    Mr. Student Body President (2016)
    Television (Comedy) Cinematographer Tyler Prendergast (Jeremy Shada) is the most ambitious student body president in the history of Berenger High. With his Machiavellian chief of staff, Hadley (Arden Rose), Prendergast runs the school like a slick politician on Capitol Hill, as he maintains power by any means necessary. With ambitions ranging from throwing the greatest pep rally in school history, to finding his own "first lady," to crushing his opponents (even innocent Freshman), Prendergast sets off political fireworks whenever he clashes with the new school principal (Christina Moore). If she thinks she can stand in his way, she'll soon learn soon enough. School is now in session. Written by New Form Digital

  • Butterfly Caught

    Butterfly Caught (2016)
    Film (Drama) Cinematographer Three aspiring young women (Naomi, Joe, and Elsa) set out to break into the acting business. Naomi, the most seasoned of the roommates, is the full package. Joe has the tools and the passion, but perhaps lacks the focus. And Elsa is a fresh-off-the-bus beginner who arrives to the scene excited, energetic, and naive. Even though they all are completely aware of the surrounding evils of their desired career, the short-cuts to achieving instant fame will always be tempting. Especially when the window of success in such a competitive culture is so small and saturated with people who are no different than you. Audiences will agree, Butterfly Caught captures the competitive grind of an actor and the thirst for relevance in a city that often recycles through talent and destroys ambitions. We assure you, even through this film depicts brutal truth, Butterfly Caught is a fun and entertaining ride with interesting characters and a refreshing look at the business and process that captivates us. ...

  • Take a Chance

    Take a Chance (2015)
    Film (Action, Drama, Romance and Sport) Cinematographer Even in Japan, the ancient lifestyle of Uchi Deshi training is all but forgotten. However, a teenager from Tokyo discovers that it's alive and well in the American Deep South.

  • O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes

    O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes (2015)
    TV Movie (Documentary and Crime) Cinematographer Through exclusive access to O.J. extensive deposition testimony, and exclusive interviews with the key insiders, O.J. SPEAKS tells the story of what it took to finally bring O.J. down. When O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of murder in a Los Angeles criminal court in October 1995 - at the end of the notorious "Trial of the Century" - families of the victims thought all hope of getting justice was lost. For Fred Goldman, father of murder victim Ron Goldman, the verdict was especially tough. But from their grief, Fred and his daughter Kim, found another avenue to pursue Simpson. They would join the family of Nicole Brown Simpson in filing a civil lawsuit for the wrongful deaths of Ron and Nicole. Even though a verdict in the Goldman's favor would not put Simpson behind bars, it would be what the family wanted more than anything else - for a court of law to hold the former NFL star responsible for the slayings. Fred and Kim knew they were in over their heads in the legal morass of a ... Written by ABS Productions, Inc.

  • The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story

    The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story (2015)
    TV Movie (Documentary and Crime) Cinematographer In 1994, O.J. Simpson - beloved athlete, movie star, spokesperson, and American hero - was charged for the brutal double murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Although ultimately acquitted on Oct 3, 1994, Simpson was the most famous American ever charged with murder and many - despite the "mountain of evidence" - had trouble believing that it could be true. But there was a dark side to O.J. Simpson that most people didn't know. Now for the first time, new interviews with many of O.J. and Nicole's closest friends - including Kris Jenner, Keith Zlomsowitch (Nicole's ex-boyfriend), Robin Greer (a close friend of Nicole's), Joe Kolkowitz (talent agent and member of O.J.'s inner circle), and Fred Levinson (longtime friend of O.J.'s who witnessed his womanizing and controlling behavior) - reveal Simpson's Jekyll and Hyde persona. Through these intimate revelations the portrait of a domineering narcissist emerges, one prone to lies, self-deception, ... Written by ABS Productions, Inc.

  • Ultimate Rush

    Ultimate Rush (2014 - 2015)
    Television (Sport) Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • Zone 2

    Zone 2 (2015)
    Film (Short, Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Cinematographer Trapped in the bleak underworld of Zone 2, a mother and her disabled son fight for survival.

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015)
    Television (Action, Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department After the Battle of New York, the world has changed. It now knows not only about the Avengers, but also the powerful menaces that require those superheroes and more to face them. In response, Phil Coulson of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division assembles an elite covert team to find and deal with these threats wherever they are found. With a world rapidly becoming more bizarre and dangerous than ever before as the supervillains arise, these agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are ready to take them on. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

  • Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman

    Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2015)
    Film (Documentary, Biography and Sport) Camera and Electrical Department Feature length documentary chronicling the 35 year racing career of Paul Newman -- Showcasing Newman's prolific racing career as both a driver and an owner. As a driver Paul Newman won four SCCA National Championships, 24 Hours of Daytona, took true second at Le Mans (winning his class) and won multiple professional Trans Am races. Newman also owned Newman/Haas Racing with Carl Haas. Together with drivers Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais and others, they were one of the most prolific Indycar teams in history, winning 8 Championships. Newman lived and breathed racing -- This is his story. Written by Anonymous

  • Walter

    Walter (2015)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Walter Gary Benjamin works as a ticket-taker slash ticket-tearer at the local Cineplex. When Walter was ten years old he made a deal with God to judge the eternal fate of everyone he comes in contact with in exchange for his father going to Heaven. Walter manages his daily routine and his worrisome mother until the mysterious Greg shows up and forces Walter to confront the meaning of his life, and his future. Written by Purple Bench Films

  • Naughty & Nice

    Naughty & Nice (2014)
    TV Movie (Comedy and Romance) Cinematographer Cynical radio host is banished from L. A. to rural Colorado. He is assigned to co-host with a "love doctor", a hopeless romantic.! They have an on air spat that gets them off on the wrong foot. Their antagonistic relationship gets the whole town talking.

  • The Hotwives of Orlando

    The Hotwives of Orlando (2014)
    Television (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department The series takes you inside the uber-exclusive and glamorous world of six "hot housewives" in Central Florida's sexiest city, Orlando. The show follows the ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands' money. Written by Jiilo_Kim

  • A Lovely Treat

    A Lovely Treat (2013)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Romance) Cinematographer A Lovely Treat is a romantic comedy about high expectations, love, and that fine line between reality and fantasy.

  • Courageous

    Courageous (2012)
    Film (Short, Crime and Drama) Cinematographer What would you do if all that you had was a moment from being taken.

  • Behind the Orange Curtain

    Behind the Orange Curtain (2012)
    Film (Documentary) Cinematographer Behind the Orange Curtain is a documentary that delves into the staggering problem of teenage drug abuse in one of the most affluent counties in the country. Young, privileged teenagers are dying of drug overdoses in record numbers in Orange County, California. This documentary film will set out to ask the question.....why? Written by Brent Huff

  • Nosferajew

    Nosferajew (2009 - 2012)
    Television (Comedy and Horror) Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • Black November

    Black November (2012)
    Film (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department A volatile, oil-rich Nigerian community wages war against their corrupt government and a multi-national oil corporation to protect their land from being destroyed by excessive drilling and spills. To seek justice, a rebel organization kidnaps an American oil executive and demands that his corporation end the destruction and pollution. Inspired by true events, Black November is the gripping story of how a community rises up and takes drastic measures to make sure their voices are heard.

  • Black Gold

    Black Gold (2011)
    Film (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department One local Niger Delta community's struggle against their own government and a multi-national oil corporation who has plundered their land and destroyed the environment.

  • Piano Lessons

    Piano Lessons (2010)
    Film (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Cinematographer A dark story of one dirty little secret in the Big Lie.

  • Moon Lake Casino

    Moon Lake Casino (2009)
    Film (Short, Drama, History and Romance) Cinematographer The ghosts of four Williams' characters, killed off before their plays started, haunt the Moon Lake Casino. They spend their eternal damnation drinking and gambling and cursing the maker who killed them off just so another's story could be told. That all changes this one fateful evening, when Tennessee himself shows up on following his own death. The lost souls plan their revenge on their maker, while confronting their own mistakes and regrets in the process. Written by Anonymous

  • Speed Dating

    Speed Dating (2009)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Cinematographer Hysterical journey of 21st Century dating in Los Angeles, with eight crazy characters and one unwitting young woman. Or is she?

  • Three Guns and a Shovel

    Three Guns and a Shovel (2009)
    Film (Short and Action) Cinematographer Short film about the mysterious death of three mercenaries found in the Ivy Jungle.

  • The Greatest American Hero: The Fan Series

    The Greatest American Hero: The Fan Series (2009)
    Film (Short, Action and Comedy) Cinematographer A revamp of the successful '80s television series by Stephen J. Cannell, where an ordinary school teacher is given superhuman powers after receiving a super-suit by aliens. Unfortunately he loses the instruction manual and is clumsy in the utilization of his powers. Together with Bill Maxwell, an old-school FBI agent, and now a sidekick, named Ashley Rizzo, they battle crime in ways that fall into the comedic category. **used with permission, but the production is in no way affiliated with the Cannell Company** Written by Anonymous

  • A Clean Well-Lighted Place

    A Clean Well-Lighted Place (2008)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer Two bartenders are unable to close down the bar because their last customer, an old lonely deaf man, will not leave, irritating the younger bartender. As they prepare to finally close, the older bartender makes a connection with the elderly man. The older bartender slowly begins to understand the sadness in the old man's eyes, as he ponders the tragic essence of life during a sleepless night wandering the streets of New York City. Written by Anonymous

  • D.C.

    D.C. (2008)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer Two spies meet in a remote jungle village in the Philippines, supposedly to exchange smuggled technology; however, both have secret agendas and plans for the other. Only one will walk away.

  • Monster

    Monster (2008)
    Film (Short, Drama and Mystery) Cinematographer Four Washington DC power-players and one helpless former child-prostitute all collide in their ambitions with the least clever among them proving to be the most cunning.

  • Harry S. Truman: Samurai Detective

    Harry S. Truman: Samurai Detective (2008)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • Carnival of Souls

    Carnival of Souls (2008)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer A young man must deal with a family tragedy as well as the lives of people around him.

  • Moon (The 1,000 Sides of the Moon)

    Moon (The 1,000 Sides of the Moon) (2006)
    The (Short, Drama and Musical) Cinematographer Mauricio Saravia recites his poem the One Thousand Sides of the Moon at the beach on a sunny day.

  • Walk

    Walk (2004)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • Inheritance

    Inheritance (2004)
    Film (Drama, Horror and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • The Flats

    The Flats (2002)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department A hip and stylish film shot in beautiful coastal Oregon, The Flats focuses on best friends Harper and Luke and the girl that comes between them.

  • The Fugitive

    The Fugitive (2000)
    Television (Action and Drama) Actor Dr. Richard Kimble is framed for his wife's murder by a mysterious one-armed man. During sentencing Kimble escapes intending to catch the one-armed man and find out why he was framed. Following in hot pursuit is Inspector Philip Gerard, who is intending to bring in Kimble alive. But Gerard and the one-armed man are not the only thing Kimble has to worry about. The father of his late wife has hired bounty hunters who are willing to break the law to catch him, and in the age of internet tracking and high-tech surveillance, it's not as easy to hide as it used to be. Written by Ronos


  • 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival - Audience Award - "Behind the Orange Curtain"


  • New York Film Academy

  • University of Washington

  • Rocky Mountain School of Photography

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