Ray Ellis

Boulder, Colorado


About Me

Four-time Emmy Award winning Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Ray Ellis is co-founder of Footpath Pictures, a documentary production company dedicated to inspiring social change through film. He is a voting member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a member of the International Documentary Association, Independent Film Project, American Film Institute, and the National Press Photographers Association.

Ellis’ work in characterized by a commitment to the core values of creativity, teamwork, respect and service. He has worked in the independent film and documentary film world and with commercial, non-profit, corporate and broadcast clients designing projects that enlighten, engage and inspire. Currently, he is director of photography for the documentary feature film, “GenX: A Chemical Cocktail” that is scheduled for release in 2022. His production credits include: “Certain Proof”, a feature documentary on children with cerebral palsy, “Namibia, The Last Desert Eden”, a short on the rare African Black Rhino; a myriad of short films for international non-profits such as The Nature Conservancy, CARE and Cross-Cultural Solutions; and numerous commercial spots for advertising agencies and corporate clients.

Ray's early production expertise landed him as lead on a production team researching and developing a new method of 35mm anamorphic cinematography enabling 90-degree wide-angle motion photography in 1995.

In 1998, he became Manager of External Development for SouthPeak Interactive overseeing a team of producers creating interactive games in partnership with Sony Playstation, Warner Bros., and DreamWorks Interactive. In 2000, he became Manager of Producers for Alternate Route Studios where his team produced national and regional commercial spots for advertising agencies.

In 2002, Ray and his wife Susan formed Footpath Pictures to produce documentaries that reflect a social awareness on a range of topics of global importance. They specialize in international production having completed numerous projects in Nepal, Africa, Central and South America and throughout Europe.

I have been in the industry since 1990.

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Footpath Pictures
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Director of Photoraphy – GenX: A Chemical Cocktail
June, 2019 — December, 2021
Feature – Ethereal Films
Director, DP, Editor – “Epigenetics: Synthetic Chemical Exposure”
May, 2019 — April, 2021
Short Film – Independent
Director, DP, Editor – Social Innovation: Data for Good
June, 2018 — April, 2019
Other – SAS
Director, DP, Editor – WildTrack
April, 2017 — May, 2018
Short Film – SAS
Director, DP, Editor – The Music Inside
June, 2015 — April, 2017
Short Film – Kidznotes
Director, DP, Editor – Nepal Earthquake
April, 2015 — May, 2016
Short Film – Footpath Pictures
Director, DP, Editor, Writer – What about Maddie?
March, 2010 — April, 2012
Short Film – Footpath Pictures
Director, DP, Editor, Writer – Namibia, The Last Desert Eden
March, 2009 — April, 2013
Short Film – Footpath Pictures
Director, DP, Editor – Certain Proof: A Question of Worth
February, 2005 — June, 2011
Feature – Footpath Pictures

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