Shirin Mozaffari

CCTV , Cambridge MA
I am a documentary filmmaker and an educator, graduated from School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA. I am responsible for CCTV's media and technology training program. I also organize members and interns to shoot and edit coverage of community events in Cambridge.
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July 17, 2014 - 10:29am Throughout my time at Cambridge Community Television, I have enjoyed working with a wide variety of individuals as a Production Training Mentor. From mentees with a solid grasp of technology and video editing software, to even the most novice of students. The majority of my help has included assistance with editing, supporting students with basic understanding of the Final Cut Pro X timeline, organizing and cutting clips, using titles and fades, and even the more advanced aspects of post-production including color correction and audio editing. My work has also included assigning tasks to help mentees get a clear vision for their project ideas and their “BeLive” programs, and to assist in brainstorming ideas to take their plans and goals to a whole new level. I have provided feedback on completed pieces and given general help on pace and narrative structure. As for the variety of mentees I have had, my work has primarily consisted of adults, but I have also had the opportunity to work with younger people, including several who are just beginning a new step in pursuing their higher education, and recent graduates. Zach is an Emerson College BFA Film Production Student from Suffield... read more
July 10, 2014 - 1:44pm The pastors and congregation of Cambridge Black Pastor's Alliance gathered at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, July 9th to pray and rally on the streets of Cambridge in the aftermath of the shooting of Area IV resident, Kensley David. The Cambridge Black Pastor Alliance says: "It is time for our community to move from a space of grief and mourning to commitment and determination that Cambridge will not become a war zone where the armies of hopelessness and purposelessness do battle on our streets." Footage shot by Maurice Wilkey and edited by Shirin Mozaffari. read more
July 1, 2014 - 10:46am Certain medical conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, disproportionately affect minority populations in the U.S. In this episode of Cambridge Uncovered, NeighborMedia correspondent Maurice Wilkey delves into the issue of men's health and racial disparities, as he interviews local experts and residents on the topic. In the first segment of the show, Wilkey sits down with Albert Pless, program manager of the Men's Health League, and Dr. Jeremy Keller, a physician with Cambridge Health Alliance, to gain some insight into the problem. He then speaks with Derek Arledge, a trainer and coordinator for CHA's Men's Health Program, as well as Herman Lee Manigo, a health league participant, to talk about healthy lifestyle choices. In accompanying roll-ins, Wilkey provides provides information on statistics and resources for the community, as well as takes to a local barbershop to interview men about their well-being and understanding of health disparities among men of color. Cambridge Uncovered is a collaboration between Cambridge Community Television's Production Department and NeighborMedia citizen journalism initiative. Production group participants: Anjan Biswas, Erik... read more
June 26, 2014 - 5:27pm Zach Anderson ( Production Training Mentor) is an Emerson College BFA Film Production Student from Suffield, CT, expecting to graduate in the Spring of 2015. Zach has worked on a variety of projects including short narrative fiction, short documentary, event video, weddings, commercials, and television pilots. He has a passion for Producing and all things under the umbrella of filmmaking, and is excited to bring his expertise and skills to the CCTV family! What he can help You With: Camera Shooting, Technical Assistance, Editing with Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Photoshop, Video Uploading for Web, iMovie, iDVD, DSLR Shooting, Audio Capture/Microphone Set-Up, Post-Production Troubleshooting, Pacing, Script Revision, Lighting Set-up, Script Formatting Available hours - by appointment Mondays - 5:30 - 9:30 PM. Other times available by request. You can contact Zach by email at read more
June 19, 2014 - 1:03pm Prominent Ugandan LGBT activist, John Abdallah Wambere, spoke at the Cambridge Pride Brunch, at the Cambridge City Hall on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Watch John Abdallah Wambere's remarks here and stay tuned for the video of the full program which includes remarks by Mayor David Maher, the GLBT Commission John Gintell and Aren Stone and award presentations on CCTV channels. read more
June 12, 2014 - 5:07pm In an effort to bring attention to different areas of Cambridge, Cambridge Community Television has created short video segments profiling different neighborhoods in the city. Cambridge residents host segments in which they give a tour of their neighborhood and talk about any development, real estate, and health issues while highlighting their favorite spots. In this video Mark Jaquith introduces East Cambridge. Video shot and edited by Shirin Mozaffari and Joanna Tam. Motion graphics by Menglei Han. Hosted by Mark Jaquith. read more
June 5, 2014 - 11:56am Eric writes: I recently shot a dance rehearsal using CCTV's JVC cameras. Everything seemed fine during the shoot, and the image looked good on the LCD screen, but when I went home and transferred the footage onto my computer, I realized that the footage was extremely grainy. I am pretty sure that I did not have the gain on high and cannot figure out how this could have happened. Do you have any idea of why this could have happened and is there any way to salvage the footage? Hi Eric, Sorry to hear that your footage has come out grainy. It seems like your gain setting was high without you noticing it. In JVC-GY HM600 camcorders, there are two different ways of setting your gain, one is on the body of the camera, which give you three settings, low, medium and high, the other method is to change the gain level in the menu system by going to Menu --> Camera Functions --> Switch Set --> Gain You will find that there are three gain positions, Gain H (high), Gain M (medium), and Gain L (low). The gain value of each position can be set. Increasing the sensitivity causes the footage to be grainier. JVC-GY HM600 camcorders preserve the settings of the previous user even if the... read more
May 16, 2014 - 2:11pm In this post, we take a quick look at how to create a freeze video footage in FCP X, as well as how to change clip speed. To create a freeze frame, follow the steps below: 1. In the Timeline, put your playhead on the frame you want to hold and select the clip 2. Use either the Retime menu in the Toolbar (pictured), or Modify > Retime > Hold A color coded retiming editor appears on the top of the clip (pictured) Green indicates the portion of the clip that runs at 100% speed and red indicates the portion of the clip that is frozen. 3. By default, a hold frame lasts for two seconds. Drag the right handle of the red retiming bar left or right to decrease or increase the freeze. To change clip speed: 1. In the Timeline, select a range, a whole clip, or a group of clips whose speed you want to change. 2. To apply a preset speed setting, choose Slow or Fast from the Retime pop-up menu in the toolbar (pictured), and choose a speed from the submenu. To apply a speed setting manually, choose "Normal 100%" from the Retime pop-up menu (or press Command-R) to display the Retime Editor above the selection in the Timeline, and drag the retiming handle. If you drag the retiming handle to... read more
May 15, 2014 - 5:35pm Cambridge Community Television's production interns took to the streets to capture the video messages of loving children of all ages to their mothers for Mother's Day 2014. CCTV crew: Maria Boykova, Sahar Hakim-Hashemi, and Zach Anderson. read more
April 25, 2014 - 11:42am A question that I get frequently is how to move Events and Projects used by Final Cut Pro X. Below is a step by step guide on how to move your FCPX files quickly and safely. Before you move anything, make sure that you quit Final Cut Pro! Otherwise, everything gets confused. Once FCP is quit, locate your Final Cut Events or Final Cut Projects folder in your hard drive using the Finder. Events are stored in your Final Cut Events folder and projects are stored in your Final Cut Projects folder. Open the Final Cut Events folder, and you will see an individual folder for each event. To move an Event, simply drag the ENTIRE event folder from its current Final Cut Events folder into the Final Cut Events folder on a different drive. It is important that you drag the entire folder and not just some of its contents. If you do not have a Final Cut Event folder on the drive where you are moving the project to, you can create it. Just make sure that you copy and paste the EXACT title Final Cut Events from one drive to another. Also, keep in mind that you can only have one Final Cut Events or Final Cut Projects folder per hard disk, so before creating a new folder, make sure that one does not... read more