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.


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Santa Monica I-10 freeway today occupies the space the spot where the ancient local of Berkeley Square when stood

“We got our truck therefore we’d go up and down the street and selling lemonades,” Van recalls. They communicate fun and Rha brings, “We read how-to drive-in Berkeley Square because roads, there was no visitors. It had been therefore comfy next.”

But just period following the Nickersons moved in, rumors started initially to distributed that another danger to glucose mountain was actually growing – a highway. It actually was section of a federal force within the 1950s to modernize America’s roadways, and many among these highways ultimately cut through communities of colors. The recommended programs called for the Santa Monica Freeway to perform east to west, razing Berkeley Square completely and splitting glucose Hill in two.

“I remember quite vividly and I recall my father being so upset. . From the conferences with people in Berkeley Square,” Rha Nickerson says. Some of these home owners banded collectively and lobbied from the highway at county Capitol.

They refused any questions of battle, they refused questions of bias

But now, all these were capable achieve was actually delaying your panels. The Ca interstate payment unanimously recommended the highway that would decimate Rha and Van Nickerson’s youth home. Van recalls looking beyond their room windows. “I seen the tractor bulldoze these house all the way down.”

Government entities seized the Nickersons’ residence through eminent website – and while the U.S. Constitution calls for “merely payment” for homes acquired in this manner, citizens just who shed their houses weren’t eligible for the help of government entities to locate and transferring to newer property.

Rha Nickerson felt the girl group got cheated. “from the my father telling me personally about eminent site, and exactly how there was no solution to stop this. The valuation for the home had been very reasonable; it wasn’t market price that people had been compensated for. So it absolutely was rather an upheaval.”

It actually was a difficulty Rha’s father informed her would not need taken place if Sugar Hill were a white neighbor hood. “he had been very, most aggravated. He felt the metropolis federal government resented Ebony anyone living truth be told there, and this refers to their unique way of demolishing a very viable people to aid racism,” she says.

At that time, road coordinators used the code of science to justify developing freeways through forums of color, claims Eric Avila, a professor of urban studies at UCLA. “They delivered a type of dizzying array of charts and graphs to insist this got one particular financially effective path because of this certain highway. “

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What they performed as an alternative, Avila states, is say they certainly were targeting alleged “blighted” communities. “I don’t think we know the level that glucose Hill ended up being designated a blighted region as it was rich. . But in the discourse of metropolitan thinking within the mid-20th century in the usa, blight is frequently similar to people of shade and with African Americans particularly.”

By 1963, the development through glucose mountain began and Rha and Van Nickerson’s family home was replaced with traffic lanes. Around that time, the Ca unit of roads suggested another highway that could payday loans South Carolina cut Beverly slopes. Nevertheless when that wealthy white neighborhood protested, authorities canceled building.

Around 70 age later on, the Nickersons however have the loss in their childhood room. “it absolutely was simply unfortunate,” Rha Nickerson states. “I didn’t understand what can be expected for the reason that it’s all I realized had been Berkeley Square, and I really thought most protected in the neighborhood. So I ended up being rather rattled because of it all.” She and her uncle point out that after the highway forced all of them around, they never very experienced similar safety and comfort that glucose mountain provided.