I’m Ben Derico—an independent Director and Cinematographer based between Chicago, IL & San Francisco, CA. I specialize in character-driven, documentary short stories in both English and Spanish. As a freelance DP, I've worked on projects following the social life of traditional rug makers in Morocco's Atlas Mountains, learned how donated bicycles from Chicago make their way to rural bike mechanics in Ghana, and documented an amateur American photographer chronicling the lives of rural tobacco farmers in Cuba, just to name a few. With 8 years of experience working on set with agencies like Leo Burnett, BBDO, and IDEO as a DP, producer, and director with Sidekick, my commercial production studio, I've managed teams on weeks-long productions, making deadlines, and never compromising quality. More than being just a camera operator/owner, I pride myself on being a quick learner in new environments and a trustworthy partner to help bring a story to life.
Video & TV Production
Design, Web, and getting out of bed on time.
Only way to get better is to keep creating.
Benjamin’s CreativeMornings activity
Rashayla Brown Shock
Lulu Miller Catapulting Chance into your Stupid Head
Mac Premo Art vs. Commercial
Jason Fried Reworking the Way We Work
Kevin Huynh A journey through CreativeMornings
Max Temkin Cards Against Humanity
Antonio García Empathy
Neal Sales-Griffin CreativeMornings Close Up's
The first step is being able to admit that you have a dream.
Dallas Clayton Kid Lessons
Joco Fernan OAK Precap | Joco teaser
When someone asks you to do something you’ve never done say yes, smile, and then run away and freak out. And then figure out how to get it done.
Neal Sales-Griffin Crossing Over
Street Etiquette Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs
Carreteras conocidas no nos llevarán a lugares desconocidos.
Ben Chestnut Do What You Love
Reflect credit but embrace blame.
Seth Godin Thinking Backwards
Paul Octavious Photographer
Pay attention to what constraints trouble you, and why they do so, and leap into those spaces.