TOLEDO'S LAST MASTER SWORD-MAKER

DIRECTOR, DP, EDITOR

“Toledo's Last Master Sword-Maker” depicts the daily practice of Mariano Zamorano, a fourth-generation master sword-maker and craftsman at his workshop in Toledo, Spain. Mariano talks about the historical significance of sword-making in the area and speaks to the value that artisanal products instill upon communities. 

Editorial

OLIVER’S — “TRAINING”

DIRECTOR, DP, EDITOR

Oliver's Apparel sent us on a week-long train trip from Chicago to San Francisco to test out their new Movement Kit. What we found along the way were quaint midwestern towns, snowcapped mountains, and plenty of good times.

 

Branded Content

CANAL180 - TREMOR x ONDAMARELA

DIRECTOR/ DP

I worked with my friends at Canal180, a unique TV Channel & Production team in Porto, Portugal to shoot this film about Tremor Festival documenting a special project for the opening of the festival.
We followed the artistic collective Ondamarela for 10 days as they directed the Deaf Association of São Miguel Island and the Rabo de Peixe Music School in a project of social inclusion through music.
Together on stage they created a unique experience that only the energy of music can provide.
Branded Content

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS

DIRECTOR, DP, EDITOR

Advance Auto Parts Presents, Car + Culture. A series about cars and the cultures that surround them.  In chapter one we went to New Mexico to learn more about The New Mexico
4-Wheelers who have been active in the Albuquerque area since 1958. 
 
Check out the whole 4-Part Series here.
Branded Content

ROAM MAGAZINE

DIRECTOR, DP, EDITOR

Roam Magazine was created to find the creative heart of Madrid. Through dozens of hangouts with some of the city's best, both well-known and hidden creatives, ROAM strives to understand the city’s true identity through its creative makers and doers. This episode features Madrid’s premiere caffeine purveyors, TOMA CAFÉ.
 
Check out the rest of the series here.
Editorial

BROWNBOOK MAGAZINE

CO-DIRECTOR, CO-DP, CO-EDITOR

Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Omar Kholeif talks about how his personal experience, traveling and living in different geographies drives his passion and curatorial practice. To tell
Dr. Kholeif's story I partnered with Documentary Filmmaker Jeremy Stuart.
Read the full article here
Editorial

THE BRIGHTSIDE.CO

DIRECTOR, DP, EDITOR

Despite having left Cuba at age 5, Brooklyn-based designer Deroy Peraza recalls his early life in Cuba and eventual move to the US with surprisingly vivid detail.
Read the full story at here
Editorial

WITH RUGS UNFURLED

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

ASSISTANT EDITOR

A self-produced 20-minute documentary about the social relations surrounding artisan rug production in Morocco, this film follows the long road Moroccan rugs take from mounting the hand-spun wool on the loom to the haggling over rugs in a high end bazaar.
Short Form Documentary

BBC THREE

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Alongside my producer Grace Hahn, we captured the story of Natalia, a teenager living in suburban Chicago with a rare disease causing her bones to disappear. Her positive attitude and smile were a pleasure to document. This piece, to date, has over 500k views on BBC 3's Youtube Channel.
Short Form Documentary

FREETHINK - GUARDIAN ANGEL

CO-EDITOR

I was asked by Freethink to join this project as a Spanish-language editor. Thousands of American kids are stranded every year when their parents are deported. Nora Sandigo has become legal guardian to over 1500 kids and helps care for them so they aren’t lost to their families. Nora Sandigo is a woman in Miami who is stepping up to help out.
Short Form Documentary

INTERVIEW STILLS

 

GEAR

CAMERAS
  • Sony FS7 MKI Super35 Camera
  • Sony A7s MKII 35MM Mirrorless
  • Canon C100 MKI Super35 Camera
LENSES
  • Canon L 24-105mm F/4
  • Canon L 50mm F/1.2
  • Canon L 70-200mm F/2.8
  • Metabones EF-E Speedbooster
AUDIO
  • RODE NTG 4+ Shotgun Mic
  • Sony URX-P2 Wireless Lav
  • Zoom H4n Field Recorder
SUPPORT
  • Manfrotto Fluid Head Tripod
  • Manfrotto Fluid Head Monopod
  • DJI Ronin S
MISC
  • DJI Mavic Air
  • Atomos Shogun Monitor/Recorder

ABOUT

 

ME

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.

EDUCATION

At the top of Lagoa de Fogo, Sāo Miguel, Azores, Portugal.  April 2019
Photo Credit - Nicole Gonçalves
B.A. Digital Film & Media Studies
Loyola University Chicago
2011
Spanish Language Certificate
University of Madrid - Complutense
2010

CLIENTS

Branded Content: Apple, Advance Auto Parts, Oliver's, Mastercard, Kraft
Editorial: Eater, Vox, Mic.com, Brownbook, ROAM, L'Officiel Italia, 

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

Campesino
Cinematographer - Cuba
2018
The Good Container
Director of Photography - Ghana & Chicago
2015
For commercial work with my production studio, Sidekick, 
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