About Ellie McCutcheon

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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. (land managed by the Bureau of Land Management) to practice flying drones/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). More than a hundred flight hours later, she now travels around California in her converted van making short aerial films about California’s most dramatic landscapes.

Some recent clients have included NPR, University of California – Berkeley, Blue Shield of California, and a former white house calligrapher.

The drones Ellie works with are the Mavic 2 Pro and the Inspire 2 with Zenmuse X7 camera, as either a single or dual operator system