Rick Paulus, Calligrapher
“I’ve been dreaming of filming large-scale beach art for years, and Ellie brought my vision to life with her amazing skills, vision, and – mostly – artistry.”
7 Wonders Cinema
"Ellie was extremely professional throughout the entire process, and we're so happy with the footage she shot. I know who we are coming to with all of our Bay Area drone needs!"
Claudia Escobar, KQED Arts
"Ellie is a pleasure to film with. Highly recommend working with her!"
About Ellie McCutcheon
Ellie is a Part 107 FAA-certified remote pilot specializing in aerial storytelling techniques for filmmakers and journalists. She loves filming dramatic cinematic landscapes, and is interested in pushing the creative limits of what you can communicate with a drone.
After spending several years in the San Francisco Bay Area’s documentary film scene, Ellie borrowed a friend’s drone and took to the vast public lands of the Western U.S. (specifically, land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service) to practice flying. More than a hundred flight hours later, she travels around California doing client work and making short aerial films with her DJI Inspire 2 and Mavic 2 Pro. Some recent clients have included NPR, UC Berkeley, KQED, Blue Shield of California, and a former White House Calligrapher. She is also an Ambassador and Drone Instructor with Women Who Drone.
Ellie’s preferred drones? Mavic 2 Pro and the Inspire 2 with Zenmuse X7 camera, as either a single or dual operator system.