Derek Dienner, the director and executive producer of MAKE/FILMS, makes his first appearance on the podcast to share what he’s learned since founding the award-winning video production company nine years ago. Derek shares what it was like to work on projects including I Heard the Bells and Dismantling Democracy, how he’s answering his call from God to tell stories through film, and the importance of treating your team well.


Derek Dienner is the founder, director, and executive producer of MAKE/FILMS, a full-service video production company based in Lancaster, PA. Derek also hosts and produces the MAKE/IMPACT podcast. Derek and his wife, Ashley, the controller of MAKE/FILMS, have two children.


Quotable Quotes:

  • “I hope to keep growing myself.”
  • “Sometimes the level of insanity you’re dealing with is directly proportionate to the level that you didn’t address things when you should’ve.”
  • “Protect your optimism and your belief.”
  • “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.” -Steve Jobs



  • You have to know how to lead yourself before leading others.
  • Have experience and an understanding of the roles your team is tasked with.
  • Don’t rob people of the discipline or criticism they need to hear to better themselves and grow.
  • Force yourself out of your comfort zone.
  • Partner with God in what He’s calling you to.
  • Mentors and spiritual parents can help you by teaching you what not to do and the mistakes they’ve learned from.


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