Category Archives: Recent Videos

“Bridges” Documentary

Bridges PosterOver Spring 2015, I had the privilege to work as a producer on the full-lengthdocumentary titled “Bridges.”  The subject of this documentary is returning veterans and the difficulties they face transitioning to civilian life. “Returning from war should be a joyous occasion, but for those with PTSD, coming home is difficult,” says Brandon Berman, digital media faculty and executive producer and director of the documentary. “PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or seeing a terrifying event, such as the aftermath of war. ‘Bridges’ takes you into the lives of some returning veterans and gives you an inside look at some of the personal obstacles each has faced. The documentary also focuses on solutions as it explores ways that veterans and their loved ones can identify these obstacles.” –  You can check out the Web page here: http://bridgesdocumentary.tumblr.com or our Facebook  page here: www.facebook.com/bridgesdocumentary.

Love and Robots poster frame

“Love and Robots” Hits the Festival Circuit.

Love and Robots poster frame

I’ve wrapped post production for my short film “Love and Robots” and now I am in the process of entering it in film festivals. The film is entered into the Sundance festival, The Boulder International Film Festival, and the Festivus film festival in Denver Colorado. “Love and Robots” is the story of a female robot who wonders if robots can experience the emotion of love. It was shot with a Panasonic GH2 DSLR camera with a dedicated volunteer cast and crew and no budget to speak of.

I am also in the process of finding a venue for the unofficial world premiere. You can check out the trailer at: http://loveandrobotsfilm.com/trailer.html we also have an Internet Movie Database page and a Facebook page.

DIY GoPro Jaybilizer Jib Arm Test


This is a test of a DIY jib arm design for small, light cameras like the GoPro Hero. the boom is a 12′ paint extension pole. I need to work on the trapeze so that it has less friction, but overall I can see this as a useful tool. I want to try my Samsung HZ10W next, as the GoPro is not the best video quality and the fisheye lens is so wide that you cannot avoid lens flares. Shot at 720 60p conformed to 24Fps. ungraded, edited as Prores in FCP, compressed with the Elgato Turbo H264HD.

Slomo: Conform vs. Optical flow


This was a test comparing 24fps conform to optical flow.The 60 fps to 24 fps conform using Cinema Tools is about the limit before the footage looks to jerky. With Optical Flow in Apple Motion, shot duration (RAM size?) seems to be the limiting factor. If I go beyond 30%, I get stuttering and artifacting after about 400 frames. I know that you can get better results using simpler back grond and foreground shots. Here is a great tutorial from CrumplePop on using Optical flow: 1000fps for free – using Motion Optical Flow instead of Twixtor
Shot with Lumix GH1 with 28Mbs settings, post in FCP6 and Motion, compressed to 5Mbs with Elgato Turbo h.264HD. No grading.

Timelapse test GH1

A time lapse test with the Panasonic GH1 with kit lens shooting 1/1000sec shutter in shutter priority. F stop varied between 8 and 4.1. Some shutter “wow”. I’m thinking I should have shot f4.5 in manual. any advice is welcome. Next time , I want to compare using apeture priority. as long as the shutter speed doesn’t exceed the the interval time I should be okay.
Location: Golden Colorado

My First 3-D Anaglyph Video

I shot my first Red-Cyan 3-D anaglyph video for the video open for the 2010 Student Video Expo for Front Range Community College. I shot using two Canon HV-30s mounted as close as was possible (lens centers were about four inches apart.) and obviously shot it against a green screen, just to make it more difficult. Post Production in FCP6, I probably could have got better results using After Effects.
I made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot. One problem that I encountered is since you can’t gen-lock these cameras they were about a half a frame from being in perfect sync. Also due to the crap HDV 4.0.0 color space and temporal compression, quick motion breaks up the video, especially in the red channel.

Mea Culpa, GH1 Sound test

Mea Cupla is a short film exercise for my sound design class at Front Range Community College. The dialog and action were totally improvised and the video was shot in a half hour (still enough to irritate some other teachers :-)) We were testing recording second system sound using a Marantz PMD661 digital recorder and a EV RE-15 microphone on a boom. I was also testing shooting with the Panasonic GH1 camera at 720p at 60fps, the project was edited in Final Cut Pro 6 with a 29.97fps timeline. I used 50% speed with no frame blending for the slow motion shots. And finally I want to demonstrated some running tracking shots with the Jaybilizer3000 DIY camera stabilizer. The entire video was shot with a Panasonic GH1 camera using available light at ISO 1600 on my Jaybilizer3000 DIY camera stabilizer

Credits:
A Jay Shaffer Film
MGD-163 Sound Design Class:
Tim Brazzell
Matthew Cooper
Daniel Davenport
Susan Glarion
Brett Hughes
Roldan Melcon
Andrew Parkins
Nicholas Ramirez
Gavin Townsend

Beat Back The Attack, Swine Flu PSA

Beat Back The Attack from Jay Shaffer on Vimeo.

This is a 60 sec. PSA for the college I teach at. It promotes the use of hand sanitizer to prevent flu infection.
It was shot in one class period using an Canon HV30 camcorder. I also used a Jag35 DOF adapter for several shots and shot all but two shots using the Jaybilizer3000 camera stabilizer.
Post was in FCP I only used the three-way color corrector and vignetted shots to match the DOF footage.

Credits:
A film by Jay Shaffer
Asst. director: Gavin Townsend
Uninfected Student: Tim Brazzell
Infected Students:
Matthew Cooper
Daniel Davenport
Susan Glarion
Brett Hughes
Roldan Melcon
Andrew Parkins
Nicholas Ramirez