The Story of Richard Ellis: From Dead-End 9-5 to Founding Ellis Films

Ellis Films officially launched in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. For most of his life though, founder Richard Ellis had been preparing to start his own video production company. Growing up, Richard Ellis was told that finding a “good job” was the prize at the end of the “education rainbow.” He was never really told […]

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Ellis Films officially launched in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. For most of his life though, founder Richard Ellis had been preparing to start his own video production company.

Growing up, Richard Ellis was told that finding a “good job” was the prize at the end of the “education rainbow.” He was never really told how to build a successful business or how to do what he wanted with his life. 

Richard pursued his passions on the side while grinding through 9-5 jobs with no advancement. When the pandemic left him unemployed, Richard used the opportunity to initiate his videography career. 

Developing A Passion

A lifelong music education honed Richard’s artistry and technical skills, preparing him to launch Ellis Films. 

Music was a significant part of Richard’s upbringing from an early age, leading him to perform all over the western United States, from Seattle to San Diego to Denver. 

In high school in the late 2000s, Richard learned how to create and customize ringtones with the advent of cell phones. 

Music is in the vast majority of video content, and there are very few videos and movies without it.

For Richard, video editing was a natural next step to audio editing. 

Richard took the reins in every college video project, and has been producing videos since 2013. In 2016, he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. 

Richard’s education taught him how to capture an audience’s attention with video. 

Dead End Jobs 

Richard worked in the customer service industry from 2007 at what he felt was a ceaseless stream of 9-5 dead-end jobs. 

He spent over a decade developing customer service skills and building a personality and a reputation as a solid worker while trying to find that coveted “good job.” 

Richard experienced employment from skating rinks to tech support and sales roles. However, he felt the companies he worked for did not always have the employees’ best interests in mind.

For a year before his life changed, Richard would get up at 5 am to work on his true passion – video production. He enjoyed making videos so much that he would often wake up before his alarm rang.

Then the pandemic hit, and everything shut down. Richard spent his stint of unemployment diving headlong into video production. It was the happiest he had been in a long time.

When businesses opened back up again, Richard’s old 9-5 job called him back. He turned them down to embark on his video production career, and Ellis Films was born.

Ellis Films

Combining his education, attention to detail, and ability to navigate social media video requirements, Richard Ellis provides quality video productions for any occasion.

Ellis Films serves a wide range of industries. They deliver professional videos for brands, products, commercials and music videos.  

Richard handles photo and video packages for weddings and family and senior portraits. Ellis Films also deals with real estate videos for residential listings and vacation rentals. 

With a license to operate a drone, Richard even offers aerial inspections. Sending up a drone equipped with an Ultra High Definition 4k camera at 60 frames per second, he captures clear images of buildings, silos, crops, trees, roofs, siding, gutters, and anything else that needs inspection.  

Prices vary from $275 to $1,000, depending on the production. Ellis Films is based out of Pocatello, Idaho, but Richard is willing to travel anywhere.

To learn more, visit the Ellis Films website. You can also email Richard at [email protected]

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