Shirin Mozaffari

Cambridge MA
I am a documentary filmmaker and an educator, graduated from School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA.
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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
April 10, 2014 - 11:12am Cambridge Uncovered is a quarterly studio series produced as a collaboration between CCTV’s production department and the NeighborMedia program. The program is designed to be an informative panel discussion touching on elements relevant to the Cambridge Community. The first episode of Cambridge Uncovered, titled "Arts for the Ages" was shot on Friday, March 14th. Guests included, Cinthia Pineda and Mohammad Sayed, participants in CCTV's Youth Media Program and Peter DiMuro, Executive Director of the Dance Complex in Cambridge. NeighborMedia participants included Siobhan Bredin and Beverly Mire. Production group members involved in the production included Rocco Calvi, Anjan Biswas, Erik Brown, Sahar Hakim-Hashemi, and Maria Boykova. Cambridge Uncovered, Episode 1: "Arts for the Ages" Showtimes CCTV Cambridge Channel 9: Fridays, 6 to 7 p.m., April 11 to May 2 Saturdays, 8 to 9 p.m., April 12 to May 3 Sundays, noon to 1 p.m., April 13 to May 4 read more
April 3, 2014 - 1:15pm Stephanie wrote:Dear Shirin, I did a multi-camera shoot over the weekend, but unfortunately forgot to white balance both cameras. As a result, the clips shot with the main camera look perfect, but the ones shot with the secondary camera are blue/green and washed out. Is there a way that I can match the color of the clips in FCPX? Thanks, Stephanie Dear Stephanie, Yes, you can! And it is actually fairly easy to do in FCPX. As you know already, you can always, automatically and manually color balance in FCPX. I will discuss manual white balancing in another article, but if you want to do it automatically, select the clip in the timeline that has color problems. To correct problems in exposure or color cast, select Balance Color from the Magic Wand menu. The keyboard shortcut is Option+Command+B. To disable or remove, this correction, uncheck Balance Color. Although Auto Balance Color does a pretty good job of color correcting, for files that are too dark or saturated, you will be better off manually white balancing. Now in order to match color between two clips -- select the clip with bad color, then, go back to the Magic Wand menu and select Match Color (see picture attached). The... read more
March 6, 2014 - 12:58pm Thanks to many helping hands, Cambridge held its 4th Many Helping Hands / Cambridge MLK Day of Service on January 20, 2014 in Central Square, Cambridge at City Hall, Cambridge Senior Center, and the Cambridge Family YMCA. Hundreds of volunteers came together to work on service projects that touch the lives of thousands in need in Cambridge. The volunteers spanned in age from 2 to 92 years old. They came from different backgrounds, different neighborhoods, different faiths, different ethnicities. They came to work together following Dr. Martin Luther King’s exhortation: “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” For more information about MLK Day of Service email : read more
February 20, 2014 - 3:57pm Happy Valentine's Day from CCTV! Watch Cambridge residents give shout outs to their loved ones. Video shot by Sahar Hakim-Hashemi, Kent Thompson, Todd Rapisarda, Steve Sillari, and Bil Lewis. NeighborMedia Journalists: Beverly Mire, Kristina Kehrer, and Estefania Moralejo. read more
February 4, 2014 - 11:37am Dear Producer, I am a bit confused about the export settings with FCPX. Can you elaborate on how to create a master file and how to export directly onto Vimeo and Youtube. Thanks,Sarah Hi Sarah, To export your finished timeline in FCP X, you will need to use the ‘Share’ options. Go to File > Share When you hover your mouse over share, a sub menu pops up with some share option, to get even more options, select “Add Destination” Depending on how you use FCP-X, you can share your project file in a few different ways. Let’s look at them one by one Creating a Master There are two ways you can do this. You can use the: 1. Master File, or 2. Export File Both these options are kept separate, though they do the same thing. The Master File option is unchangeable, while the Export File option can be customized. When you click either, a master file window will pop up. Once you click Settings, you can choose the following: 1. Format – Video and Audio, Video only or Audio only 2. Video codec 3. Check box to include Chapter markers. 4. Open with – You can select Quicktime to playback your file immediately after export, or ‘Do Nothing’, etc. Once you have customized your options, click next... read more
January 23, 2014 - 3:25pm Do you have an idea for a project that needs just a little extra push to get started? Are technical difficulties preventing you from finishing a project? Are you in the middle of a project and are having a bit of trouble wrapping things up? Do you just need to discuss CCTV’s policies and procedures in relation to your production contract? All CCTV members with a current production contract are now eligible to sign up for a half an hour one on one advising session with the Production Coordinator, Shirin. Whatever your needs may be, we will help you along in your process in order to make your ideas come to fruition! The dates/times are Wednesdays, 7-8pm and Thursdays, 1-2pm. Please or 617-401-4006 to sign up for a half hour time slot. read more
January 16, 2014 - 2:12pm CCTV is developing a quarterly series, titled “Cambridge Uncovered”, in collaboration with NeighborMedia. The Program is designed to be an informative panel discussion touching on topics relevant to Cambridge community. We are currently looking for members who are interested in getting involved in the production of the program, including directors, technical directors, camera operators and sound facilitators. No experience in studio production is necessary. We will be upgrading the studio system later this month. so the crew will be trained on how to operate the studio. This is a great opportunity to get hands on production experience and to collaborate with other members at CCTV. If you are interested in taking part in the production of this new and exciting program, contact Shirin at shirin@cctvcambrige. org or 617-401-4006. read more
January 15, 2014 - 1:45pm Dear Producer, I am new to FCP X and am currently working on my very first project on it. I am keeping my original clips in a folder on a drive, along with my FCP project. While organizing the project, I re-named some of the clips. Next time I opened the project file, I noticed that all the clips look red and they are disconnected. I know how to reconnect media in FCP 7, but not 10. Can you help me reconnect the files? Would I still be able to connect them even though I have changed the name of the files? I would hate to have to re-start the project as I have already spent many hours working on it. Thanks, Max Dear Max, This is a very common issue and usually occurs when the editor either moves, renames or in any way alters the original clips. In any case, manually relinking clips in Final Cut Pro X is possible as long as the files have the same resolution and codec as the original files. They must also have the same frame rate and similar audio channels. Follow the steps below to reconnect your media. In the Event Browser, select the clips you want to relink, 1. Choose File > Relink Event Files 2. The Relink Files window appears - To locate all the matching files: Click... read more
December 20, 2013 - 1:31pm Dear Producer, I was shooting a concert with one of CCTV's JVC HD cameras over this last weekend. I had maybe 90 minutes of video files that looked great. But there is a problem with the very last video file of that day - and it's the best part of the concert! This file would not open in Final Cut Pro. FCPX would show an error message that said "Unsupported file type". QuickTime, MPEG Streamclip, and a bunch of free programs I downloaded off the web couldn't open or fix it either. Do you know how I can save this file? I'm going CRAAAZZY! Thanks,Mr. Videographer Hi Mr. Videographer! This problem occurs when the camera operator does not turn the camera off before removing the battery or the SD cards, and since the trouble is with only the last video file of the day, I am guessing that is what happened. To avoid this problem, make sure the camera is turned off before inserting or removing a card or changing the batteries. Good news is that there is a way to recover your file! Follow the steps below. Put your card back into the JVC Hd camera. Go to main menu -->media-->restore media The camera will take a few seconds to repair your media, and then you should be good to... read more
December 18, 2013 - 7:55pm Watch this video to learn about production opportunities at CCTV and how you can take advantage of them. read more