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Derek Frey

Filmmaker Derek Frey has a long and successful working relationship with director Tim Burton, joining Tim Burton Productions in 1996 on Mars Attacks! and helming the company since 2001. Frey is currently serving as Producer of Disney’s upcoming live action reimagining of Dumbo. Previously Frey executive produced Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for 20th Century Fox and Big Eyes for The Weinstein Company. In 2012 Frey co-produced Frankenweenie which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Picture. That same year he produced the music video Here With Me for The Killers.

Frey has worked on numerous feature films, including as Associate Producer on Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Other credits include producer of the documentary A Conversation with Danny Elfman and Tim Burton; writer of the Frankenweenie-based short film Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers; and editor of the comprehensive award-winning publication The Art of Tim Burton. Derek has worked closely with curators from the Museum of Modern Art on the creation of the Tim Burton touring exhibit, which made record-breaking stops around the world.

In addition to his work with Burton, Frey directs his own films and music videos, including his 2016 Hawaiian horror featurette Green Lake which had a successful run appearing in over 40 festivals, collecting 47 awards. In 2012 Frey directed The Ballad of Sandeep which appeared in over 35 festivals. Frey’s 2014 dark comedy Motel Providence also proved a success. Frey’s most recent directorial effort Kill the Engine is poised to hit the festival circuit in 2017.

Short film credits

Director, Producer
Image from God Came 'Round

God Came 'Round

United Kingdom | Jun 2017 | 5:00
Down on his luck flower seller Sandeep pines to make a connection with the girl of his dreams.
Image from Kill the Engine

Kill the Engine

United States | Jan 2017 | 10:20
Three broken men decide to kill themselves by carbon monoxide poisoning, but the suicide is foiled when the vehicle of their demise fails to start.
5 awards
Image from Green Lake

Green Lake

United States | Apr 2016 | 36:35
Industry hasn’t destroyed all the sacred spaces in the world. In Hawai'i pockets of magic still exist. And so do those that protect them.
Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Image from Motel Providence

Motel Providence

United States | Oct 2014 | 8:54
A cheating counselor working out of a sleazy motel room tests the boundaries of his own advice after a client's startling revelation.
6 awards
Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Image from Sky Blue Collar

Sky Blue Collar

United States | Jul 2013 | 8:00
A businessman and a carpet installer enjoy a wild and playful friendship, but when their class-conscious bosses pressure them to steer clear of each o...
5 awards
Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor
Image from The Ballad of Sandeep

The Ballad of Sandeep

United States | Apr 2011 | 28:40
When his IT job is outsourced to Bangalore, Indian-born Sandeep Majumdar finds himself unemployed for the first time in eighteen years. In an attempt ...
11 awards
Information on this profile is provided by the person and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 2 Mar 2017