Light and tight, we work right.

Newly founded in 2017, Mothership is a photographic and video production service located in Tokyo. We specialize in the support of English speaking foreign productions wishing to shoot in Japan, and Japanese productions wishing to create abroad. 

Based on a combined industry experience of more than 25 years, our work history spans both NYC and Tokyo. During our respective careers we've lent our hands and visual sensibilities to a great many world-class talents.


Derek Portrait


Executive Producer
Derek Frampton Davis
ディビス デレック フランプトン


Derek has 11 years' NYC experience working in film, photography, and television. The majority of his NYC years were concentrated in photography and on providing technical support in the areas of digital capture and lighting to a variety of established photographers. He has an extensive experience in planning the technical aspects of fashion photography, celebrity portraiture, and still life shoots. Derek has been in Japan since 2011, and lives with his Japanese wife and toddler son in the heart of Tokyo. He maintains a website of his own personal photographic work at




Ryota Portrait


CEO/Executive Producer
Ryota Hamada
浜田 良太


Originally born in Japan, Ryota spent the early years of his life growing up in remote Louisiana. In later years he returned to Japan, and worked for Polaroid as a trained operator of the extremely rare 20x24 land camera. He also played a major role in the development of the Polaroid Holga camera. Afterwards, he went on to work in-house as a production manager for IINO Media Pro, and later shifted to independently producing creative campaigns of his own. He has maintained this activity for the past ten years. In 2017 he founded Mothership.



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