Ellie McCutcheon is a San Francisco-based cinematographer and archival researcher.

To get in touch, email hello@elliemccutcheon.com.


As a certified FAA drone pilot, Ellie works with a range of drones – including DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic Air – that enable her to meet a wide range of 4K filmmaking needs. She specializes in light-weight and nimble aerial storytelling techniques for documentary filmmakers.

In addition to filming with drones, Ellie also films for documentaries and events using a C300 MKII and Canon 5D MKIII.


Ellie McCutcheon has worked and studied with award-winning documentarians ranging from filmmaker Dawn Logsdon (Faubourg Treme, Free for All: Inside the Public Library) to researcher Kenn Rabin (Milk, Selma, An Inconvenient Sequel). She has a special passion for finding footage and stills in the public domain or that use Creative Commons licenses.

Her research has been featured in films on Netflix, PBS, ITVS, the BBC, and beyond.


Though based in the Bay Area, Ellie’s cozy sleep-work van enables her to travel to remote locations across the Western US with the added benefit of spending nights on or near production and research sites at no extra cost to herself or the client.