Biography

beblurbSince graduating from Pitzer College in 2000, Ben has produced, directed, and edited feature films, shorts, commercials, promos, corporate and music videos. Upon directing his graduate thesis short film, “Shadow Sailing” in 1999, he taught himself to edit with the then newly released, Final Cut Pro — it quickly turned into a profession.

Ben is an accomplished story teller, and can see projects through from concept to completion. He has a keen sense of structure and pacing and appreciates the art of the edit — be it a feature film or a three minute product promo.

He is also technically skilled in finishing; color grading, and video compression for every destination of deliverable, including DCP’s for digital cinema projection. Ben recently migrated to Adobe CC, working with Premiere Pro and After Effects CC, along with the rest of the suite.

Starting with his time in LA Ben honed his skills on a wide variety of projects from short films to TV pilots and music videos. His anti-smoking PSA, “The Habit and The Hab-Not” was an official iFilm pick in 2001 and his music video for “The Vacation” was a Rolling Stone critics pick. Then in 2005 He cut his first independent feature, “Dear Mr. Cash”, which received limited distribution and supervised the sound mix at Skywalker Ranch. The film received “Best of the Fest” at the Sarasota Film Festival, 2005 and winner of the “Gold Kahuna Award” in 2010.

For three years Ben worked in-house at the video department for the Guitar Center Inc., He made sales training DVDs, shot live corporate musical events, and created humorous company videos. In 2006 he wrote, directed, shot and cut a series of spec commercials in an effort to expand Guitar Center’s radio presence into television.

Returning to his freelance career, Ben edited a series of interstitials for Seesaw Studios that aired on Ovation TV. He produced, directed and edited an urban music video and TV talk show pilot for comedian Rosee McNeal, called “GUMBO” as well as a “Faux Reality” pilot, “Sunny Beaches” with actress Jo Newman. He cut a video for photographer Lorne Resnik to promote his coffee table book, “Cuba Dreaming”, composed almost entirely of stills.

Upon returning to the Bay Area from 15 years in LA, Ben has worked with Capitola Media LLC in directing and editing corporate videos for clients like Hewlett Packard, Lending Club, Bank of the West, Towers Watson, and Samsung among others. He also edited non-profit videos for the Mill Valley Film Festival and the Wildlife Conservation Network. He cut company reels for Capitola Media as was as Tendo.com and edited a promotional video for the Musician/ fan driven venue website, Fanswell.com. Recently he edited and co-directed a series of three camera TV style interviews for HP, a series of executive interviews for Strategy&, and edited a video chronicling the founding of grocery giant H-E-B.

Working concurrently under his own banner of “ELLIS ENTERTAINMENT”, Ben most recently edited four commercials for AvoDerm Natural Pet Food. He also cut promos for LIVE 105’s “BFD” concert as well as several videos for CISCO, and product promos for NAGRA/kudelski for Swordfish-SF.

Additionally he animated and edited “Song of the Flower” for photographer Lucy Beck and edited the music video, “Such a Time as This” featuring solo artists Brandon Estrada and Anna Grace.

Ben is available for work in both Northern and Southern California.