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

Great article and always interesting blog- thanks!

We will live here hopefully till we can pay cash for a $150k house (meaning saving up $80k plus closing costs since we’re thinking we’ll get $80k out of the condo–this should take another 3 years

Just a heads up though, number three is not always available. We have been making payments on the bi-weekly plan for nearly a year, it is easier to just make a payment when I get paid. There is no other financial incentive at my institution though. They let it sit unapplied, until the rest of the full payment is received. This is a recent development, and will certainly factor when we are able to refinance.

Sanita you and your family are in a very tough situation and I think this will take some VERY hard decisions to survive but it can be done.What I love is numbers never lie so….More income has to come in-here are ideas 1) ask yourself what can generate more income think radical like cleaning houses/babysitting/petsitting/cutting hair/doing laundry…the bottom line What will people pay for? 2) Next who else in the family can earn money? can the children return bottles? pick up firewood?babysit? tutor?How about husband-can he do anything like tutor law students,teach a class,give a talk on financial-divorce etc he specialty of law? or just make money for chores like raking leaves/lawn care/painting?Of course ANY expenses that can be cut would be prudent.Best of luck and don’t give up.

We did all of the above (except for the bi-weekly thing. our mortgage company just held onto the initial payment, too) and we did 3 more things.

1: We switched from living every 2 weeks to once a month. In other words, our bills are $3k a month. https://rapidloan.net/installment-loans-nm/ we saved up $3k. On the first of every month, we pay ALL the bills. It doesn’t matter when they’re due. they get paid on the first. this way, every 3 months we get an extra paycheck (we get paid every 2 weeks and there are 26 pay periods a year per person, not 24).

2: we live on less than we earn. our bills are $3k, but our take home is $5k (we’re contributing 8% to retirement right now). So $2k per month plus $5k a year with the extra paychecks is $29k a year. Not counting snowflaking and bonuses (from me) and teacher stipends (like soccer coach – from his salary). Living in our condo is so much cheaper than living in a house. we would not be able to save that much if we were in a house (extra property taxes/insurance/maintenance/buying crap for the house like shovels, flowers, shelving for the garage, etc. – knowing we’re only going to be here 5-6 years curbs our appetite for purchasing stuff to “fix-up” the condo).

Those extra checks go straight to the mortgage

3: we bought below what we could afford. While everyone else in our salary range is buying $150k homes, we bought an $80k condo. we paid it off in 3 years. And we think we’ll get $80k after closing costs since the values have gone up a little. They’re adding a train stop at our complex). If we cave and buy a house before we can pay cash, we’ll have more than 20% to put down and then when the condo sells, that will knock down the house mortgage even more. But I think we’ll make the 6-year wait. So a 6-year wait to have the house paid for in full? No brainer.

This is how we did your number 1 above: for the first year we were married, our entire raise went to the mortgage. Then every year thereafter, half goes to the mortgage and half goes to living expenses. So my $30 per paycheck raise, we now pay an extra $30 per month to the mortgage and $30 goes to living expenses. We do this for both salaries.