Emmy® Award Winning Director | Cinematographer | Editor; Shawn Vela is recognized for filming on 4 Super Bowl Commercial sets, IMDB credits for Cinematography and Editing on 3 Emmy® Award Winning Documentaries, Co-Founding the Xfinity series “David Ivory Presents”, presenting video strategies to organizations and students nationwide.
Shawn has advanced his career specializing in creating cinematic documentary style imagery that brings out the emotion behind a story. This approach has led Shawn around the world to capture a wide array of stories; including being on 4 Super Bowl Commercial Sets.
Shawn’s reputation for story telling was cemented when he won his first Emmy® Award for Directing, Cinematography, and Editing the inspirational short documentary film “Alive: Taking A Stand For Christ”. He has since continued to prioritize the value of the story content in any production above what equipment is used.
“As documentary filmmakers we are trusted with vulnerable and triumphant moments. What we do with those moments is what defines the story and inspires the viewer.” -Shawn Vela
Shawn’s thoughts on documentary filmmaking have been featured on network affiliates such as ABC, FOX, CBS, NBC, and THE CW.
Shawn is available for hire as a Director of Photography, Director, and Editor with experience across a wide variety of genres including: documentaries, commercials, television series, corporate brand stories/testimonials, faith based (web & broadcast), long term time-lapses, and aerial cinema.
You can also hire Shawn for filmmaking workshops, talks, and private trainings.
Shawn splits his time between being a loving husband and father, and his career. When he is not on set he is probably doing something adventurous with his family. Follow Shawn on Instagram to see his latest adventures.