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Derek Johnson is a Digital Loader/DIT with credits on commercials and films like Need for Speed, Nightcrawler, The Ridiculous 6, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows.
Johnson was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where he attended Arizona State University. There he discovered his passion for filmmaking while working as a cinematographer on several student films. He took a summer internship in 2011 as a cinematography trainee under the mentorship of Shane Hurlbut, ASC. This brought him to Los Angeles where he expanded his skill set and love for film. He continued his education via direct on-set experience and joined the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600 in 2013.
Since 2014, Johnson has worked as a freelance colorist and commercial projects that include Cartoon Network, The History Channel, and Jeep. Other color work includes the documentary The Undocumented Lawyer (streaming on HBO) and Broken (ABC series) as well as music videos and short films.
Johnson works as a Digital Imaging Technician and colorist on feature films, television, and commercials where he values each project as an opportunity to collaborate and learn. As of 2020, Johnson also works at Streamland Media as a Software Operations Specialist supporting numerous feature films and episodic projects. Taking a holistic approach, Johnson pulls from his vast knowledge of set work and post production to help inform his work.