Ishell Vaughan

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Ishell Vaughan
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Ishell Francis-Vaughan
CitizenshipUnited States
  • Ishell Vaughan Films
  • The Raw Sessions

Ishell Vaughan is an American filmmaker, cinematographer, director, photography drone operator, and entrepreneur.[1] Vaughan rose to prominence as an aerial cinematographer and since then has worked in television, theater, and film.[2] He is the founder of Ishell Vaughan Films, a media production house, and its subsidiary The Raw Sessions, a platform to encourage up-and-coming talent in the area.[3][4]

Vaughan's work combines a visually novel, explicit, and detail-oriented approach to the Western genre coupled with extensive industry expertise that has allowed him to establish himself as a pioneering creative, and visionary industry figure. Vaughan has worked with a number of notable brands/individuals such as Lamborghini, BMW, VH1, Akon, BET, MTV, French Montana, and GQ Magazine.[5][6]

Vaughan has been often praised by news media for his work, “The Source” has mentioned that “Vaughan is one of those content creators who can mold the future of hip hop”.[7][8]


Vaughan graduated from DeVry University with a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.


Prior to becoming a full-time filmmaker, Vaughan worked a 9-5 job in order to pay off his college debts. During this time, he treated videography and photography as a hobby.[9] His first paid gig as a videographer was when he shot a baby shower ceremony for a friend, which motivated Vaughan to hone his craft and follow his passion.[10][11][12]

Vaughan has since his debut in the entertainment industry filmed Army recruitment videos, popular music videos, commercial productions, and short films, and even worked on TV series and films, broadening his expertise, style, and technique.[13] Vaughan's YouTube channel has garnered over 1 million views and counting, positioning him as one of the leading figures in the industry.[14][15]

Vaughan eventually founded Ishell Vaughan Films, a media and entertainment company specializing in drone videography/photography for short films, commercials, and stock footage.[16][17] Later he also started a subsidiary, The Raw Sessions, that acts as a platform where budding artists can publish their content and get recognition in the industry.[18][19]

Vaughan has received numerous awards at the Newark Film Festival and established a reputation as a creative and imaginative industry professional with an unwavering dedication to his work.[20][21]

His most famous role was in the upcoming film My First Film. His mentor, Rock Davis, wrote and directed this movie, and he served as Director of Photography.[22][23]


S.No. Title Year Type Role
1 Red Dot 2014 TV Series Actor, Cinematographer
2 DeathCoast Str8 Outta Newark 2014 Film Cinematographer
3 KOPC Origins Pt.1 2017 Film Cinematographer
4 P.O.V: Perception of Violence 2017 Short Film Aerial cinematographer
5 Knockout 2018 TV Series Camera operator
6 The Stuff 2018 Film Camera operator
7 Swoozy & Rodge: I Got Time Today 2018 Music Video Camera operator
8 Bria Lee Feat. Fat Joe: One Shot 2018 Music Video Camera operator
9 On & On Music Video 2018 Short Video Cinematographer
10 State of the Culture 2019 TV Series Cinematographer
11 Somethin' in the Water 2019 Short Film Cinematographer
12 Awe$ome 2020 Documentary Editorial department
13 Bobby Shmurda: They Don't Know 2022 Music Video Director

Personal life

Ishell loves spending time with his family and friends.

In the media



  1. "Meet Ishell Vaughan, the Filmmaker who Turned a Photography Hobby Into a Six-Figure Career – Salt Lake City Daily". Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  2. "Meet Ishell Vaughan, the Filmmaker who Turned a Photography Hobby Into a Six-Figure Career". The Chicago Weekly News. 16 November 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  3. "Meet Ishell Vaughan, the Filmmaker who Turned a Photography Hobby Into a Six-Figure Career – The USA Reporter". Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  4. "NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA". Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  5. "Meet Ishell Vaughan, the Filmmaker who Turned a Photography Hobby Into a Six-Figure Career – The New York Finance". Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  6. "Brooklyn MC ThirdLanePrez Releases Ol' Dirty Bastard Influenced Visuals". PRWeb. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  7. Grant, Shawn (13 April 2022). "The Source |Content Creators Like Ishell Vaughan Help Mold the Future of Hip Hop". The Source. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  8. "Hackensack Actor's Role In Powerful Film Shines Light On Mental Illness". Bergenfield Daily Voice. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  9. "Ishell Vaughan American Music Video Director Biography - Tishare". 5 February 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  10. "From Baby Showers to 1M Views: Filmmaker Ishell Vaughan's Secret to Success – Big Boston News". Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  11. "From Baby Showers to 1M Views: Filmmaker Ishell Vaughan's Secret to Success – Hustle World". Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  12. "From Baby Showers to 1M Views: Filmmaker Ishell Vaughan's Secret to Success – Calabasas Daily". Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  13. "Ishell Vaughan – Cinematographer, Director, and Owner of Ishell Vaughan Drones". thewebmagazine. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  14. Him, Jake. "A brief story about Ishell Vaughan". Newshunt360. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  15. "Meet Ishell Vaughan: A Secret to success". Short Time Tech. 2 February 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  16. "Newark Film Festival Winner Ishell Vaughan and His Unique Brand of Cinematography". Tapscape. 4 February 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  17. Blog, View. "AG Cubano @AGCUBANO & Don Chino @IAMDONCHINO - Right Now [HD] Dir. By Ishell Vaughan". Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  18. "Ishell Vaughan The Creativite King Of Cinematography". The Hiltonian Awares You With Latest Breaking News. 3 February 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  19. II, C. Vernon Coleman IIC Vernon Coleman. "Maino Drops New Video For "5 More/Brooklyn We Take It" - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  20. "Behind the Scenes with Ishell Vaughan". Photography. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  21. "Maino Feat. O-Wave "Militant" Video". HotNewHipHop. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  22. Lee, James (3 December 2021). "ISHELL FRANCIS-VAUGHAN — MEET ENTREPRENEUR PHOTOGRAPHER ISHELL VAUGHAN". Medium. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  23. "7Emcees". Retrieved 7 May 2022.

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