Filmmaker Derek Frey's passion for cinema was evident at a young age. Always feeling the need to entertain those around him, his attention turned towards the camera in high school and college. While those around him partook in studies and socializing, Derek could be found wandering the halls at night with a video camera, creating his next off the wall production.
A suburban Philadelphia native and graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania, Derek began his professional career in the entertainment industry on the ABC sitcom The Faculty. He then assisted film director Tim Burton on Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes and Big Fish . Derek went on to Associate Produce Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In 2009-2010 Derek was Editor of the exquisite and extensive book The Art of Tim Burton and worked as Associate Producer on the box office hit Alice in Wonderland. 2012 proved a busy year with Derek serving as Associate Producer on Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as well as Co-Producer on the critically acclaimed Frankenweenie. Derek most recently Produced the Here With Me music video for The Killers and wrote the screenplay for the Frankenweenie based short film Captain Sparky vs. The Flying Saucers. He's currently serving as Executive Producer on Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, slated for release in 2014.
Anyone that knows Derek understands why he always has a camera in his hand. By looking at the collection of work he has compiled, it is clear to see that he has the skill, creativity, and drive to show the world of what he is capable. From distinct directorial works such as The Day the Dolls Struck Back, The Upper Hand and Creep, to the bizarrely creative Sketch and Mr. Quiet, Derek is determined to entertain audiences with his exciting and unique style of storytelling. Aside from films Derek has created a number of music videos for Big Island band Technical Difficulties including Briny Deep, Jimmy and Summer. Derek teamed up with Philadelphia based comedic troupe The Minor Prophets for the creation of 4th and 99 which was accepted into the 2007 Festival De Cannes. Derek and the Minor Prophets joined forced again in 2008 with the creation of America's Game. In 2010 Derek directed The Curse of the Sacred Stone. The film was shot entirely in Hawaii and went on to be screened at festivals around the world, including the 2010 Festival De Cannes. That same year Derek directed the music video That’s What You Get for Scottish rockers The Mars Patrol. In 2012 Frey directed the music video epic Vampires Kiss/Blood Inside, for British Goth Rockers Witching Hour, which features a cameo appearance by director Tim Burton as a Vampire Slayer. The multi-award winning, The Ballad of Sandeep, marked Derek's third collaboration with The Minor Prophets. In 2013 Derek completed Sky Blue Collar, which was penned by The Minor Prophet and has proven a hit on the film festival circuit. Derek is currently editing his most recent project, Green Lake, as well as developing a feature film version of The Ballad of Sandeep.