Chad Zellmer Productions

Chad Zellmer Productions DP/Cinematographer/Drone Operator/Editor/Still Photographer based in Denver, Colorado. 7 time Regional Emmy winner. FS7 Mark II, Live U, C300 Mark II, Mavic Cine 3

Operating as usual

Crazy year! Glad everything is slowly coming back to normal.

Crazy year! Glad everything is slowly coming back to normal.

Sunday Denver sunrise. Thank you healthcare workers!

Mountain Dew

A shoot I DP'd a couple weeks ago. Check out the full epidsode next week.

#DEWnation, join us as we head back out on our Quest for Extreme to find the biggest, best, and boldest foods across America.

Our next stop: Fat Sully's Pizza in Denver, CO. We checked out their EXTREMEly huge pizzas and were not disappointed. Definitely needed an ice cold DEW to wash down that pound of 🧀 per pizza. Tune in next week to see where this crazy 🍕🍕🍕 landed on the DEW EXTREME METER.


Big news for section 107 drone operators.

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Two Much-Anticipated Drone Rules to Advance Safety and Innovation in the United States
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced final rules for Unmanned Aircraft (UA), commonly known as drones. The new rules will require Remote Identification (Remote ID) of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. These rules come at a time when drones represent the fastest-growing segment in the entire transportation sector – with currently over 1.7 million drone registrations and 203,000 FAA-certificated remote pilots.

Remote ID will help mitigate risks associated with expanded drone operations, such as flights over people and at night, and both rules support technological and operational innovation and advancements.

“These final rules carefully address safety, security and privacy concerns while advancing opportunities for innovation and utilization of drone technology,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

Remote ID (PDF) is a major step toward the full integration of drones into the national airspace system. Remote ID provides identification of drones in flight as well as the location of their control stations, providing crucial information to our national security agencies and law enforcement partners, and other officials charged with ensuring public safety. Airspace awareness reduces the risk of drone interference with other aircraft and people and property on the ground.

Equipping drones with Remote ID technology builds on previous steps taken by the FAA and the drone industry to integrate operations safely into the national airspace system. Part 107 of the federal aviation regulations currently prohibits covered drone operations over people and at night unless the operator obtains a waiver from the FAA. The new FAA regulations jointly provide increased flexibility to conduct certain small UAS without obtaining waiver.

“The new rules make way for the further integration of drones into our airspace by addressing safety and security concerns,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “They get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages.”

The Remote ID rule (PDF) applies to all operators of drones that require FAA registration. There are three ways to comply with the operational requirements:

1. Operate a standard Remote ID drone that broadcasts identification and location information of the drone and control station;

2. Operate a drone with a Remote ID broadcast module (may be a separate device attached to the drone), which broadcasts identification, location, and take-off information; or

3. Operate a drone without Remote ID but at specific FAA-recognized identification areas.

The Operations Over People and at Night rule (PDF) applies to Part 107 operators. The ability to fly over people and moving vehicles varies depending on the level of risk a small drone operation presents to people on the ground. Operations are permitted based on four categories, which can be found in the executive summary (PDF) accompanying the rule. Additionally, this rule allows for operations at night under certain conditions.

The final rule requires that small drone operators have their remote pilot certificate and identification in their physical possession when operating, ready to present to authorities if needed. This rule also expands the class of authorities who may request these forms from a remote pilot. The final rule replaces the requirement to complete a recurrent test every 24 calendar months with the requirement to complete updated recurrent training that includes operating at night in identified subject areas.

Both rules will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. The Remote ID rule includes two compliance dates. Drone manufacturers will have 18 months to begin producing drones with Remote ID, with operators having an additional year to start using drones with Remote ID.

Looking forward to leading the upcoming Colorado shoots. Check it out. We are not alone.

Looking forward to leading the upcoming Colorado shoots. Check it out. We are not alone.

So glad I got to do a couple 2 camera 3 person crew Covid Compliant shoots for this show over the last few weeks.  Check...

So glad I got to do a couple 2 camera 3 person crew Covid Compliant shoots for this show over the last few weeks. Check it out in the spring.


Slowly, things are getting back to normal. We've been creating great TV and doing it safely. COVID compliant video crews for your next shoot. Please reach out if you are looking to shoot some great TV.

2020 Cinematographer Reel

A compilation of some of the shows I've either DP'd or worked as a Cinematographer on over the last few years.


Anothe little camping video. Maybe it can bring some virtual zen.

2020 Drone

A few shots from over the last year.

Chad Zellmer Productions's cover photo

Chad Zellmer Productions's cover photo



Sunday Denver sunrise. Thank you healthcare workers!

Sunday Denver sunrise. Thank you healthcare workers!

Great shoot with a great crew. Looking forward to the next one.

Great shoot with a great crew. Looking forward to the next one.

At Work

At Work

Chad Zellmer Productions

Chad Zellmer Productions

Returning The Favor

Glad I got to be a part of this shoot. Great team and great show.

This week we are in Colorado to thank shop teacher Dave Franks and honor his efforts to bring shop class back to schools.

At Work

At Work

Chad Zellmer Productions

Chad Zellmer Productions


Busy month ahead!


Halfway to Thailand! Going to be an amazing trip!


Mexico and Guatemala!


That's a wrap on Sydney! Off to Brisbane.


Shooting 15 ft. Crocs in Darwin Australia. Now on to Bali!


A busy month ahead. Alaska, Milwaukee, Idaho and Thailand on the schedule. My new 5D Mark IV will get some nice action. Thinking about picking up a couple Hero 5's as well.


Denver, CO

General information

Chad Zellmer is a Freelance Owner/Operator. Director of Photography in Denver, CO. He is an avid storyteller trained in all aspects of 4k and High Definition Television Production. His travels have taken him to over 50 Countries and all 50 states. He is a 7 time Emmy winner and 2 time Edward R. Murrow winner. He has also received the National Headliner Award, A Silver Telly, and dozens of local and regional awards. Clients include, NFL Network, Fox Sports, NASCAR, ABC, NBC, CNN, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, Food Network, TLC, The Weather Channel, Animal Planet, HGTV. Chad is also an award winning still photographer and has captured images for add campaigns, Newspapers, Billboards, Magazines, and Live performances. Clients include, Superfly Entertainment, Phish, Trey Anastasio Band, Mike Gordon, Keith Urban, Leftover Salmon, Widespread Panic, Marshall King Band, Yonder Mountain String Band and many others.


(417) 827-3989


4K/HD Television Productions, Live-Streaming, Section 107 Certified Drone Operation, Still Photography, Editing, Graphics.


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About Us

Chad Zellmer is an Award-winning DP/Cinematographer/Drone Pilot/Producer/Editor and Graphics Artists with nearly 20 years experience in the television business. His work has taken him to over 60 countries around the globe and every state in the nation. Clients include, Walmart, Comedy Central, Bravo, Facebook, ABC News, NBC, CBS, CNN Special Projects, FOX Sports, NASCAR, NFL Films, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Nat Geo, HGTV, National Parks Service, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY, TruTv, Key Bank, Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Key Bank and many more. Recent shoots include Returning the Favor with Mike Rowe, Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Studio 58 with Von Miller.

Chad brings a keen eye and tireless work ethic to every production. He is a master storyteller and brings his heart to every shoot. He is always looking for creative ways to take your production to the next level. From 1 man band news coverage to 8 camera shoots such as Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, he can do it all. He has extensive experience directing talent and hosts, hundreds of hours of handheld operation, extensive experience lighting single and 2 cam interviews, doing live shots, hundreds of hours of Movi and Drone operation and he shoots the best B-roll in the business.

Equipped with a variety of equipment to fit most any productions needs, he is always looking to incorporate the newest and latest technologies in the industry. Equipment includes FS7 MII, C300 MK II, C300, 5D Mk IV, III, II Movi M5, 3 axis Time-lapse Sliders, Multiple drones, Dana Dolly, LED, Florescent and Tungsten Lighting packages, full grip kit and dozens of other toys to take your production up a notch.

Chad is also Section 107 certified for Drone operation and insured with hundreds of hours in the air. He has flown in dozens of countries around the world in tight quarters as well as indoor operation. He is equipped with multiple drones for each unique situation. Some productions require a large drone with a huge sensor, some require a quiet little drone that “can get the shot” just tell him what you need.

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ASPEN, we can't wait to 𝘋𝘰 𝘐𝘵 𝘈𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯 at Belly Up, Aspen this Sat. April 16th! 🍄 Do you have your tickets yet? 🎟️ Tix at 🎟️ 📸: Chad Zellmer Productions
Cerrrvantes!!! My goodness we’ve been waiting to play Denver since the world stopped and it was definitely worth the wait. Thanks for tuning in to the stream and rocking out with us!! We truly appreciate your support on this tour. Our last show is in Fort Collins at Washington's FoCo to wrap it all up. 👻💡🤘🏼 🎟 > 📸 > Chad Zellmer Productions Setlist April 8, 2022 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO Set 1 Take Some Time What Does It Mean To Be Simple Gift of Man > Sweet Unlimited I Dare You > Simple Gift of Man Set 2 Cold Blooded Don’t Say Goodnight Diamond Eyes > The Healing > Don’t Come Apart * > Diamond Eyes > Don’t Come Apart E Best Kept Secret *w/ The Healing & What Does It Mean To Be teases
Thank You Denver!! Colorado never disappoints⚡️🏔⚡️ The tour with Son Little hits Salt Lake City tonight (2/20)✨ 📷 Chad Zellmer Productions
It's that Friday feeling. Photo by Chad Zellmer Productions
We can't wait for that live show feeling! Photo by Chad Zellmer Productions
“If Music is a Place — then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.” – Vera Nazarin Photo by Chad Zellmer Productions
Playing live music brings us pure joy. Photo by Chad Zellmer Productions