I’m obsessed with trying to craft the perfect story through editing. Some aspects of editing and drumming (I also play drums) are very similar to each other - timing is crucial, practice is essential, patience is key, and playing (editing) from the heart is paramount. A great edit, like a great drummer, should go unnoticed; anything more is showboating…. in my humble opinion.
To me, the story is supreme. Everything else comes second to that. I work best while collaborating with others (directors, producers, etc), but am fully comfortable taking the reins and steering the ship back on course when necessary. My affable personality lets people feel at ease while my work ethic gains trust that I will get the job done. I'm always punctual and never late on deadlines. "If you're early, you're on time. If you're on time, you're late."
I was born and raised in Los Angeles but have lived in Japan, Miami, and New York City. I've traveled to 15 countries so far and have been to, or driven through, at least 32 states in the US (many of these was with a touring rock band). I graduated from UCLA with a degree in Music (summa cum laude, thank you) after deciding that majoring in film was going to be way too expensive.
Depending on the job, I use Avid Media Composer or Premiere Pro. I am also well-versed in Photoshop and After Effects.
“If you want to be happy, be” - Leo Tolstoy’s second cousin
You can contact me at mr.robertshaffer [at] gmail [dot] com, or at the Contact link in the menu above.