About Me

Derek is an accomplished cinematographer with an impressive portfolio spanning narrative feature films, short films, music videos, and captivating documentaries. 
He has lensed projects such as the critically acclaimed Showtime documentary "The One and Only Dick Gregory," which received an Emmy Award nomination, and "Angola Do You Hear Us," which achieved Official Shortlist recognition for an Academy Award. 

He has also shot music videos for the Grammy nominated artists “Kem” and “Joe”, featuring performers such as Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa. 

Notably, Derek's experience has also led to his appointment as a judge at the 2023 News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

He seamlessly transitions to high-profile promotional shoots with some of the industry's most renowned celebrities. Notable projects in this sphere include promotional content for "The Batman," "Matrix Resurrections," "Succession,” and Chris Hemsworth’s National Geographic show “Limitless.” 

Derek's unwavering commitment to his craft, coupled with his ability to connect with directors and find the true essence of a diverse range of projects makes him an in-demand cinematographer.

Between projects, Derek enjoys playing ice hockey and tennis, as well as geeking out on all things aviation and space travel.

I have been in the industry since 2010.

Narrative Cinematography Reel
Added on 12/2/2020
My reel, consisting of various narrative projects I've shot.

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Cinematographer – Kem Feat. Wiz Khalifa "Lie To Me"

June, 2021 — June, 2021
Music Video – Motown Records

Cinematographer – Kem "Live Out Your Love"

January, 2021 — January, 2021
Music Video – KEM

Cinematographer – Astoria Vet Group Commercial

December, 2019 — December, 2019
Commercial – Tangolight Films

Cinematographer – The One and Only Dick Gregory - Documentary

September, 2017 — April, 2021
Feature – Cinemation

Cinematographer – Mouse

August, 2017 — February, 2018
Feature – Tangolight Films

Cinematographer – The Dog Walker

March, 2017 — May, 2017
Feature – Gladiolus Productions

Cinematographer – Joe "Lean Into It"

March, 2017 — March, 2017
Music Video – JOE

2nd Unit Cinematographer – Dementia 13

October, 2016 — November, 2016
Feature – NBCUniversal / Chiller Films

Cinematographer – ADM Productions - Various Projects

September, 2016 — current
Corporate – Canon/Choice Hotels/TGI Fridays/Goodyear

Cinematographer – Joe "So I Can Have You Back

August, 2016 — August, 2016
Music Video – JOE


Derek is always a pleasure to have on set. He is extremely knowledgable and knows how to get the job done the right way the first time. He is a wealth of knowledge and is very dedicated which equals great success. I recommend Derek to anyone who is needing quality work and a dependable person to take your project from concept to reality.

Ken Kraft
Principal, River Knoll Productions LLC

Derek Mindler is a true class act and humble. Professional and detail oriented, Derek is an incredible filmmaker to have on your set. He is not only able to bring new ideas to fruition but is a great collaborator. I have worked with him on many jobs and would be happy to continue to do so in the future. I highly recommend bringing Derek onto your next project.

Geoffrey Thompson

Derek brings a calm and patience presence to every project and every set I have worked on with him. His ability to navigate under the stressful production schedule brings a breath of fresh air to everyone around him. He has an incredible eye for detail and just when you think the shot is as good as it'll ever get Derek has a new idea to give the video that extra something you're looking for.

Mike Kelly

Work with Derek Mindler

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