GJ’s Schaeffer riding high with Hoptocopter Films

Seth Schaeffer of Hoptocopter Films uses a MoVI, a handheld three-axis digital stabilized camera, during a Kickstarter Campaign shoot for a project named Illeana’s Smile that started April. Schaeffer and his crew were there for interview video.

This is the slate from the Martina McBride “Come See About Me” video. Grand Valley filmmaker Set Schaeffer of Hotocopter Films traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to shoot a music videos for McBride and NEEDTOBREATHE.

Sam Hagwell, the director for Martina McBride’s music video “Come See About Me,” can be seen in the foreground of the set. Hagwell is from Colorado Springs. Grand Valley filmmaker Set Schaeffer of Hotocopter Films did the camera work for the video.

Hoptocopter Films recently worked with Appleton Clinics, appletonclinics.com, to make a video about its new primary care plan. Dr. Craig Gustafson, left, and Carie Schaeffer are seen practicing lines for the commercials.

What started as a mere interest in filmmaking has helped Grand Junction’s Seth Schaeffer turn Hoptocopter Films into a successful video, commercial and short film company used around the country.

Schaeffer recently traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, along with director Sean Hagwell and Cory Reynolds, both of Colorado Springs, to shoot music videos for country music superstar Martina McBride and alternative rock band NEEDTOBREATHE.

The NEEDTOBREATHE video for “Multiplied” is at youtube.com/watch?v=fGF-MGGLpB0. McBride’s “Come See About Me” video can be viewed at martinamcbride.com/video/come-see-about-me-music-video.

Schaeffer was hired to run cameras on both video shoots for his expertise in catching speciality shots, particularly with the MoVI, a handheld three-axis digital stabilized camera.

“That’s our niche in the industry,” he said.

Specialty shots are basically shots not using the standard camera dolly, steady cam or jib often associated with film production.

“Now, as (Hoptocopter Films grows) nationally, we need to find our voice and that’s in our ability to pull off speciality shots,” Schaeffer said.

Although Hoptocopter Films is hired nationally, one of the company’s primary goals is to “tell some of the amazing stories taking place right here in our community,” said Schaeffer, the company president. “I know that I will always have to travel to tell other people’s stories, but our team would like to be very intentional over the next couple of years to help be a voice for our city.”

Schaeffer’s team consists of Jess Rigg, Will Campbell and Brian Watson.

Locally, Hoptocopter — the way Schaeffer pronounced “helicopter” as a child — recently worked with Appleton Clinics, appletonclinics.com, to make a video about its new primary care plan.

Several of Hoptocopter Films’ other local projects can be viewed at hoptocopter.com/portfolio.

In the weeks and months ahead, Schaeffer will team up again with Cory Reynolds for some Front Range projects, while Rigg and Campbell travel to Gateway Canyons Resort to film for the Curiosity Project.

In August, Schaeffer will head to Wyoming to help film a Discovery Channel show.


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