In August of 2013, Derek completed his training as a Phase One Certified Professional (PCOP). This training program built upon the on-set skills and experience that Derek had, bringing a new level of efficiency and knowledge to the table. If you are not familiar with the PCOP program here is the description from Phase One:
The POCP training program is an advanced seminar designed for working professionals taught by Phase One Technical Support staff, all of which have years of experience on-set.
The POCP training takes place over a two day period encompassing everything from efficient on-set workflow to troubleshooting to camera setup and operation. At the end of two days it culminates with a written test.
Derek Matias is a creative out of Central Massachusetts. With an early education in Film and Television Production, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design with a Photography Concentration from the University of Massachusetts: Lowell, Derek is able to offer a unique perspective on Visual Mediums. The combination of these skills allows Derek to have a full understanding of the Clients end use of a project.
Derek has been working for Commercial Photographer Gary Sloan for over 2 and a half years. Staring as an assistant, Derek worked closely with Gary Sloan learning the trade and quickly evolved in the Studio Manager/ Digital Tech. Now he handles all aspects of the studio's digital processes from spec'ing out the proper equipment for a job to delivering final files to the client and many steps in between.
Derek enjoys taking on projects of his own from simple Product shots to Fashion Look Books. Derek is able to apply his skills to both still and video projects with the same quality and attention to detail. He constantly strives to stay ahead of the curve and learn new techniques that will only benefit his work.
If you need a Digital Tech, Derek is the man to talk to. He can solve pretty much any technical issue you have and if he can't, he knows how to find the solution. With over 4 years of experience working for Apple, and a lifetime of working with all sorts of digital devices, Derek is as close to 'plugged in' as you can get.