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. 

 
Carrie Schaeffer - Copywriter and VO Artist at Hoptocopter™ Films

Carrington Schaeffer
Office Manager, 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.

 
Chris Clark - Post Production Supervisor at Hoptocopter™ Films

Chris Clark
Creative Director

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 Supervisor

Born and raised in Western Colorado, Ashley has always had a vision of illuminating the untold beauty around her. She studied at the University of San Diego and the Universidad de Sevilla before graduating from Colorado Mesa University in 2013 with a degree in Mass Communication. Her true education came from her experiences outside the classroom. She ventured all around the world before returning to Colorado. She joined the Hoptocopter™ team in 2017 after freelancing in all things media for five years.

Ashley loves capturing the details, the candid, and the unexpected as well as crafting stories that connect people. When she's not at her desk cutting film for Hoptocopter™, you probably can't find her...because she's intentionally getting lost in the wilderness.

 
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.