At our core, the Hoptocopter™ Films team is a Colorado video production company specializing in cinematic corporate films. We ensure our production process is easy for the customer, and our approach targets specific markets intentionally and effectively.

We're a team of entrepreneurs, storytellers, and creatives with a passion for creating functional films our clients are proud of.

Our team is in love with our home in Colorado, and we have made it our goal to stay here long-term and pack our carry-ons when production requires travel.

We create functional films for corporations. If you have a message to communicate, we promise an open ear to explore your ideas.

 

 
 
 

 
 

the team

 
 
Seth Schaeffer President, Director

Seth Schaeffer
President

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. 

Most importantly, 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 Script & Story Supervisor

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 camping.

 

Cheryl Fabry
Controller/Business Development

Cheryl joined Hoptocopter Films in December 2016, bringing experience as a senior financial executive and licensed CPA. Her diverse background allows her to see the big picture while focusing on critical details and directing multiple priorities in her role as Controller at Hoptocopter. 

Cheryl has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant (Colorado) for over thirty years and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. She assists on the Membership Committee for the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association (CAMA) for both Denver and Grand Junction and also serves as treasurer for Hi Fives Robotics Team 4944, an organization providing inspiration and teamwork opportunities for high school students pursuing STEM careers in the Grand Valley.

Cheryl's real passion in life is spending time with her two sons and her husband. She enjoys Colorado's 300 days of sunshine by spending time outdoors cycling and hiking. 

 

Heather Benjamin
Chief Operating Officer, Producer

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™. 

 

Heather holds a degree in journalism and political science from the University of Wyoming and has extensive training and experience in emergency crisis communication.

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 vice-chair of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County). She has been actively involved in the Mesa County community on behalf of children for many years. Heather and her husband have three children.

 
Brian Watson Communications Director

Brian Watson
Communications Director

Ever since Brian was a kid, he knew he wanted to be in business. In 2005, he graduated high school early to start a property management business with his dad. Since then, he has helped launch and manage several non-profits including the Colorado Leadership Network and the Good Samaritan Clinic and was an integral part in expanding an America’s Mattress chain from three to eleven stores. Brian loves working with people to solve problems, making him a unique and valuable asset as Hoptocopter™ Films’ Communications Director. 

Brian is also a co-founder of LAUNCH West CO, a network of entrepreneurs and innovators on the Western Slope of Colorado, and the Grand Junction, Colorado based co-working space FACTORY.  

 
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Jonathan Harris
Producer, UAV Specialist

Jonathan’s first professional career was in the Environmental science and Engineering fields where he made maps and analyzed geospatial data. Seeing that UAVs (drones) would play a significant role in mapping, he developed one of the first UAV mapping programs in the country and emerged as an subject matter expert in UAV mapping technology, speaking at conferences nationwide. Jonathan posses both Private Pilot and Remote Pilot certificates, a unique combination that gives him a comprehensive understanding of both manned and unmanned flight operations, key skills he brings to the Hoptocopter™ Films team.

When Jonathan isn’t working, you can usually find him flying his vintage 1959 Cessna 175 through the mountains and valleys of Colorado and Utah. When he returns to earth, he enjoys 4x4 expeditions, photographing stories for TCT Magazine, telemark skiing, cycling, and raising identical twin girls with his wife Tiffany.

 
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Will Campbell
Creative Director

Born with creative flair and an eye for great design, Will fell into the film world while working as Media Director for a non-profit in Central Asia. In 2012, he and his wife moved to the States in order to focus on developing his film skills. Not long after that, Will joined the Hoptocopter™ Films team where he works mostly on the creative side of things: directing, cinematography, grip, editing, and music and graphic design. His exceptional artistic tastes and his love of learning keep Hoptocopter™ Films on the cutting edge of style, clean design, and functionality.

Aside from work, Will likes taking pictures and spending time with his wife and his three year-old son.

 
Jeff Gustafson Cinematographer, Editor

Jeff Gustafson
Cinematographer, Colorist

Jeff has come to Colorado by way of Texas, Utah, Japan, and Minnesota. He earned a degree in Media Arts from BYU in 2004 and spent the next several years working as a freelance camera assistant and director of photography. From Maine to Hawaii, he has worked on everything from low-budget independent films and late-night infomercials to international car commercials and Oscar-nominated Hollywood movies. In 2010, he enrolled at Texas A&M University's Department of Visualization to study computer animation and did alright but found he loved live-action production more. He joined Hoptocopter™ Films in 2015.

When he's not at work, Jeff is probably with his wife, listening to a podcast, or curating his DVD library. He's fascinated with learning more about color grading and visual language through cinematography.

 
 
 

Chris Clark
Post-Production Supervisor

Originally from Pueblo, CO, Chris Clark 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, Chris worked in video production as 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, Clark skis in the winter and goes rafting in the summer. He rides his bike to work (almost) every day.