Hey there! I'm Ellis

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Experience: 12 years
Title/Headline: Screenwriter / Director / Editor
Minimum time: 10 minutes

About Me

Ellis Bahl is a writer, director, and editor originally from Upstate New York. After graduating from Emerson College and working as a shooter/editor for MTV he directed the UKMVA winning music video “Breezeblocks” for Alt-J. He then went on to write, direct, and edit music videos for top acts such as The Kills, Big Sean, Hot Chip, Paris Hilton, AlunaGeorge, Us the Duo, Zara Larsson, and many others. He has worked with brands and agencies like VH1, M&C Saatchi, Fullscreen, and AT&T to develop and execute socially conscious viral hits that have won things like Gold Clios and D&AD recognition. He is currently writing a horror film for Netflix Germany.

  • Music Video
  • Feature Film
  • Screenwriting
  • Short Films
  • Shot List
  • Camera Angles
  • Breaking Story
  • Concepts
  • Music Video Industry
  • Editing
  • Commercials
  • Breaking in
  • directing

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Call Topics

  • Open Ended Conversation

    Don’t know where to start or have multiple questions or topics you’ll like to discuss? Don’t worry about it, our expert has Open Ended Conversations so you can take as much time and go as in depth as you need so you can become your very best.

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  • Notes on your Short Film Screenplay

    For this session, you will send me a pdf of your short length script (max 30 pages) as well as a summary of the kind of feedback you are looking for. I will read the script and provide you with detailed notes that will include suggestions on overall approach, theme, characters, dialogue, format, as well as possible writing techniques you might use to achieve your goals. I will also send you a written summary of my notes before the session so we can discuss on the call.

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  • How I Taught Myself Screenwriting in One Year (and got hired to write a movie for Netflix)

    Hint: Learning how to write a good screenplay was the easy part. In this call I'll give you the quick overview of my story and how I got to write a movie for Netflix and then let you ask questions. Some ideas: How specifically did you teach yourself Screenwriting? How did you build an industry network? What resources do you recommend to learn Screenwriting? How can I become a better Screenwriter? I've already written a screenplay, now what? How much does a screenwriter make? What are the pros and cons of writing alone vs writing with a partner?

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  • Notes on your Feature Film Screenplay

    For this session, you will send me a pdf of your feature length script (90-120 pages) as well as a summary of the kind of feedback you are looking for. I will read the script and provide you with detailed notes that will include suggestions on overall approach, theme, characters, dialogue, format, as well as possible writing techniques you might use to achieve your goals. I will also send you a written summary of my notes before the session so we can discuss on the call.

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  • Breaking into the Music Video Industry

    Like most of the entertainment industry, the Music Video Industry is an insular bubble that inadvertently blocks outsiders from entry. In this call I'll explain the Music Video Industry ecosystem (reps, EPs, signed directors, label commissioners, briefs & treatments, etc) and then outline a few different strategies I've seen people use to break through the industry's "barriers". Whether you want to work as a Music Video Director, Producer, DoP, or Editor, I will help you brainstorm immediate action steps you can take to get on a path toward your goal.

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