Dave von Fintel

Filmmaker/Photographer specializing in Aerial Cinematography


  • Filmmaker specializing in Aerial Cinematography2014 - Present

    Kansas City, MO

    I'm taking my creative skills to new heights - piloting a UAV to produce dramatic aerial video/photo solutions as well as producing & editing conventional video for a variety of industries.

  • Freelance Creative Director2012 - 2014


  • Web Development Director2004 - 2012

    Rockhurst University

  • Creative Director1999 - 2004

    Rockhurst University

  • Art Director1998 - 1999

    Rockhurst University

  • Graphic Designer1997 - 1998

    GB Design


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design1991 - 1996

    University of Missouri

  • Graphic Design, Photography & Video Production1995 - 1996

    University of Tasmania School of Art, Australia


  • “Dave has exceptional skills as a designer and web developer. As his supervisor for several years, I found him to be a joy to work with, and a great team player. He is a problem-solver who finds a solution to every challenge. I would not hesitate to hire him again.”

    Rosita McCoy, Senior VP - KU Endowment Association

  • “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dave on many projects. He’s always able to bring a fresh perspective to every job. His positive personality and openness to trying new things, makes working with him a very fun & collaborative event.”

    Mark McDonald, Owner - Mark McDonald Photography

  • “I worked with Dave for several years while employed at gb Design. Dave and I collaborated on a variety of design projects and I always found him to be easy to work with and valued the ideas and professionalism he brought to the table. Since that time, my agency has had the pleasure to work with Dave and his team at Rockhurst as a vendor providing online development solutions and consulting to Rockhurst University. Dave continues to provide impressive direction and management skills to the projects we have conducted with him and his team.”

    Ryan Lorei, Owner - Voltage Creative

  • “In the seven years Dave and I worked together, I watched him consistently come up with effective, creative solutions for various print, web and video projects. He stays on top of design trends and web standards, and everything he touches looks refined and professional. He has exceptional talent and lots of ideas, which made him a valuable member of our team.”

    Jamie Swearingen, UX Copywriter - Garmin International

  • “I have hired Dave may times for his expert graphic design services, and have also brought him in as a consultant on several high profile web design and development projects. Dave's ability to listen to my client's needs, and his ability to translate their ideas into reality are second to none.”

    Matt Couch, Real Estate Analyst - Hopkins Appraisal Services


  • • CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education): Silver Award
- '09, Excellence in Multimedia: Single Web Page (Ready for Rockhurst) 
- Bronze - '02, Rockhurst University Alumni Magazine 
- Silver - '01, Rockhurst University Alumni Magazine
 - Gold - '00, Rockhurst University Alumni Magazine Cover 
- Silver - '00, Rockhurst University Campus Banners 
• Web Marketing Association's Web Awards Judge - '08 
• JAA (Jesuit Advancement Administrators): '06 - Award of Merit: Multimedia, Admission Pages 
• Internet Advertising Competition '05 - Best Education Integrated Ad Campaign - Rockhurst Website 
• Center for Digital Education: '05 Best of the Web 2nd place, Rockhurst University 
• Web Marketing Association: '05 Best Education Internet Advertising Award, Rockhurst University 
• American Association of Webmasters: '04 Silver Award, Rockhurst University 
• Mead Papers: Certificate of Excellence in the Graphic Arts - Rockhurst University, 1999 Annual Report

Visit Instagram/davevonfintel for frequently updated shots. Some of my work features footage that may be purchased as stock video or photo.


Let's Connect

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I’m a Kansas City Filmmaker & Photographer, specializing in Aerial Cinematography (FAA certified & fully insured). I aim to produce creative films (videos) based on my clients’ vision and to execute a script in the most economical and efficient way possible while never losing sight of quality. I use conventional film equipment as well as drones (UAV, UAS) to complete my projects. I enjoy everything from shooting to editing and depending on the scope and budget of the film, call on associates to join my film crew. I welcome collaboration with agencies and production firms. Whether it be for a second camera operator, unique drone footage (single or dual op setup-ready) or simply editing.

Dronin’ On
I was in Europe, a few years a go, when I first learned about the emergence of consumer drones. Overcome with the excitement of seeing footage of familiar places shot from a unique perspective, I quickly realized that the use of a drone married with my creative skills provided me with a unique opportunity. Upon my return home, I immediately set course to become one of the first commercial aerial cinematographers in Kansas City. I invested in my first drone and have never looked back. The magic, I found, wasn’t just simply taking images from high above the ground but actually using the drone as a dolly, jib, or crane, close to the action. Learning to safely control a drone while capturing the desired footage was the key skill I gradually learned and which sets me apart from my competition.

Aerial & Conventional Video/Photo Services
Cinematography | Photography | Editing for Independent Film, Marketing, Real Estate, Construction, Architecture, Developers, Stock Video & Photography, Virtual Reality (VR) 360º, Social Media Content Creation

The Current State of Drone Technology
FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (this is huge!)
If you own a drone, Learn Before You Fly
The Business of Drones & News on all things drone
Online Drone Education/Training (How I got my feet wet, not my drone)
Official FAA drone information