what we do

Simply put, we use short films to help connect your customers to you and your business.
Through film and visual storytelling, we communicate who you are to your customers so they feel like they know you and your company.

who we are

We're a team of problem-solvers and strategists who are in love with telling stories. 

We are dedicated to:

 

> finding solutions to problems our customers face
> continually improving our craft
> practicing good communication
> drinking great coffee (except Patrick who loves great tea)
> exploring the heck out of our home state of ColoRADo.

If you have a message to communicate, we promise an open ear. Contact us to share your story.


the team

 
Seth Schaeffer President of Hoptocopter™ Films

Seth Schaeffer
President, Creative Director

Seth has always had a passion for storytelling through music and film. As a child, he studied both classical and jazz piano as well as guitar, drums, and bass. As he entered into the professional world, he found his musical background paved the way for another form of expression: film. 

In 2005, he launched Hoptocopter™ Films in his hometown of Grand Junction, Colorado. Since then, storytelling via film has led him to share and highlight the stories of a vast number of people, cultures, backgrounds, and industries. As a commercial film director, Seth has found that his favorite films are those that capture the honesty, humanity, and heart of a person or organization. Because of his unique approach to film, he has had the opportunity to collaborate on and/or direct countless commercial films with clients such as GEICO, Loki, Red Bull, Ducati, and Apple. 

Seth is a proud father of two boys and a husband. He loves playing music with the family, mountain biking, and always learning something new. 

 
Chris Clark - Post Production Supervisor at Hoptocopter™ Films

Chris Clark
Post-Production Supervisor

Originally from Pueblo, CO, Chris graduated from Colorado Mesa University in 2015 with a degree in Mass Communications. As he became more interested in journalism, he found his passion for video production and creative storytelling grew. After graduating, he worked in video production at Mesa County Libraries in Grand Junction and KRDO News Channel 13 in Colorado Springs before joining Hoptocopter™ Films as an editor in 2016.

In his spare time, Chris skis in the winter and goes rafting in the summer. He rides his bike to work (almost) every day.

 
Ashley Bernal - Post Production Specialist at Hoptocopter™ Films

Ashley Bernal
Post-Production Specialist

Ashley is a photography and videography enthusiast as well as a sixth generation resident of Western Colorado. She studied at the University of San Diego before graduating from Colorado Mesa University in 2013 with a degree in Mass Communication. Well versed in travel, she has traveled to fifteen countries on her own and recently lived in southern Spain where she became fluent in Spanish. She served as a National Park Service Ranger for five years and still has a habit of picking up trash everywhere she goes. She joined the Hoptocopter™ team in 2017.

Ashley loves photographing the finer details, capturing the unexpected, and telling stories that connect people and communities around her. In the summertime, she drives a tractor for her family farm. When she's not at her desk cutting film for Hoptocopter™, you can probably find her recreating in the wilderness.

 
Carrie Schaeffer - Copywriter and VO Artist at Hoptocopter™ Films

Carrington Schaeffer
Copywriter, VO Artist

Carrington loves all things creative, from performing to writing to crafting to baking. Since launching Hoptocopter™ Films with Seth in 2005, she’s worked both behind and in front of the camera as bookkeeper, copywriter and editor, actress, and voice talent. Her background as a freelance writer of both fiction and non-fiction gives her a creative capacity to find and highlight each person or organization's unique story. 

In her spare time, Carrington is a wife, a mother to two little boys, and a freelance writer. She also produces the bi-weekly podcast Honestly, Dear Listener, which seeks to inspire creativity by championing vulnerability and community. She also enjoys baking, sewing, and reading.

 
Patrick Thomas - Grip, Gaffer at Hoptocopter™ Films
 

Patrick Thomas
Grip, Gaffer

Originally from Northern California, Patrick got his feet wet in production working at Hollywood Center Studios in props, grip, and lighting. Since then, he has lent his talents to many productions for clients such as Food Network, ABC, Red Bull, the Travel Channel, and Budweiser. In 2014, he worked for the University of Northern Colorado as the Videographer Editor, in charge of all in-house media and live video production services. 

He is comfortable wearing many production hats including Camera Operator, Audio Visual Tech, Floor Director, Grip, and more. He joined the Hoptocopter™ Films team in 2017.

Patrick loves being a part of a team that creatively overcomes obstacles and collaborates to produce a beautiful end project.

 
Heather Benjamin - Chief Operating Officer and Producer at Hoptocopter™ Films

Heather Benjamin
Producer, Accounting

After 15 years of working in government, Heather joined Hoptocopter™ Films in February 2016. (Read about her leap into the private sector.) Her diverse background includes work for multiple elected officials, providing a high quality of customer service and detailed organization, which parlays well with the highly creative team at Hoptocopter™ Films. 

Heather holds a degree in journalism and political science from the University of Wyoming. She was named 2014 Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year and 2015 Colorado Public Information Officer of the Year.

Heather sits on the Board and is the chair of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County), as well as sitting on the Board and is the vice-chair of Married to the Badge Aux. Heather and her husband have three beautiful children.