Derrick Sims

Assistant Editor | Best Boy (Grip) | CAMERA DEPARTMENT | Camera Operator | Colourist | Digital Imaging Technician | Director of Photography / Cinematographer | DIT / Media Manager | Dolly Grip | Film Editor | First Assistant Camera | Gaffer | Grip Assistant | GRIP DEPARTMENT | Lighting Assistant | LIGHTING DEPARTMENT | Lighting Technician | Loader | Online Editor | POST PRODUCTION | SCRIPT DEPARTMENT | Script Editor | Script Supervisor | Script Writer | Second Assistant Camera | Story Producer
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Skills & Services

Director of Photography Editor Colourist Producer Director Writer I recently purchased a RED Epic Dragon camera package and own a couple blondes and an HMI to help get me through the day.

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My story is one of those “8yo borrowed his auntie’s camera and started making movies and never looked back” kinda stories. I studied journalism in a small Arkansas university town, and while there, I got onto my first feature and genuinely never considered any other life. With a supportive partner, we’ve been part of feature films for over 17yrs, and the passion and joy has only grown in that time. I’m mostly a DP, and much of the time colourist and editor, sometimes producer, a couple times writer/director, and once replacement scripty. I’ve lived and worked out of my adopted homeland of Aotearoa, New Zealand since 2016. I love this place, and I love its people.

Industry Experience

Since my first feature in 2006, I’ve served in just about every position from prep, to production, to post, and even into marketing, distribution, and exhibition. My first love is camera and lighting, but the entire process is still as exhilarating as ever. I just can’t get enough. Some of my work can be found on IMDb and/or on my website ( and my reel is available on my YouTube page (

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