Derek Ellis


NAU-TV, Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ

January 2013 – August 2013

Assistant Director/Videographer/Editor

Helped in location scouting, lighting, audio and editing with an Emmy award-winning production team.  Lead editor for ‘Personalize Learning’ program for the NAU Extended Campuses marketing department.  In charge of designing titles, editing, and choosing and acquiring music. 

Freelance Director/Producer/Photographer/Editor/Writer, Flagstaff & Phoenix, AZ

August 2012 – present


Worked with local businesses in Flagstaff and Phoenix, Arizona.  Specialized in promoting these local businesses and their excellent services.

Sweet Shoppe & Nuthouse Franchise marketing Promo: I headed the Franchise Marketing production for “The Sweet Shoppe & Nuthouse” in Flagstaff, Arizona in an effort to help the company franchise their whimsical business philosophy around the United States.  I shot and edited the story, which can be watched here.

CheezHeadz Business Promo: Produced/Directed/Photographed/Edited the business promo for a start up Mom and Pop restaurant that caters to Green Bay Packer fans in Phoenix, Arizona.  Watch this promo Here.

NAZToday (Local TV news show) Flagstaff, AZ

August 2011 – January 2013

Chief News Photographer/Editor

Shot and edited daily news stories for the only broadcast news station in northern Arizona.  I was in charge of training and overseeing other photographers; keeping equipment organized and operational.  I located, shot, and edited daily stories around the community for the 6:00P.M. broadcast.

NAU Athletics Flagstaff, AZ

August 2011 – January 2013

Camera Operator

Responsible for setting up several cameras for live feeds to the control room for live broadcast.  Operated main camera in covering live sports, including: football, basketball, and track.


Five Emmy nominations at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy’s, winning two for General Story and Long Form Nonfiction.

Winner of the NAU 73 hour Film Festival Audience Choice award.  This was a contest in which a group of students and I had 73 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short fiction film while implementing the theme and specific line in the film.  Watch this short HERE.

This short also played at the 2013 Sedona International Film Festival in Sedona, AZ.  In addition, our film received Honorable Mention at the 2013 BEA Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas, NV.


Northern Arizona University

May 2013

Bachelor of Sciences, Electronic Media/Film

Special Skills

Final Cut Pro 7 & 10

Magic Bullet Looks

Microsoft Office

Canon 5d Markii Camera

Panasonic HMC-150 Camera

Panasonic AG-HVX200 DVCPro

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