If you want moving pictures,

SJPS can provide. We are a collection of film making and technical geeks. We are passionate about the theories of camera movement, stand in awe at the lighting a good sunset provides, and become totally engrossed in telling stories.

Telling stories is what we do, whether with light, or by moving a camera through a space. SJPS specializes in camera movement via jib arms, steadicams, drones/UAV’s, and stabilizers in the Midwest.

We also believe in the power of teams. Rather than competitors, we see partners and associates. We have a strong network of Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Editors, Gaffers, etc. Our passion for film making runs deep. We don’t work or consider what we do a job. We play, and we play hard.

SJPS takes COVID protocol seriously.

All crew are Safe Sets COVID-19 Certified for the Film and Video Production Industry.

SJPS Demo Reel

SJPS Aerial Reel

Services

Steadicam

After attending the Steadicam Operators Association Workshop a decade ago with Jerry Holway and Garrett Brown, inventor of the steadicam, SJPS became full blown evangelists, preaching the gospel of camera movement. Seriously, we love our steadicams, but not in a weird way.

Aerial

We fly the DJI Inspire 2 Pro with Zenmuse X5S gimbal and camera and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. FAA Certified and fully insured, we pride ourselves on being cinematographers who are also skilled pilots.

Jib Arm

With over 25 years of jib experience, SJPS offers Jimmy Jib triangle jib arms with a reach of up to 30 feet and full remote pan and tilt heads. A passion for movement drives us to create dynamic shots.

Stabilizers

For more smooth movement, we offer a variety of stabilizers including the Tilta Arm paired with the Ronin 2 on our vehicle mount pictured here.

Editing

Two edit suites driven by seasoned story tellers. Adobe CC is our main platform. When your story counts, you need an editor that can learn your mission and communicate your vision.

Crewing

Looking for a 1st AC? How about craft services, or maybe 10 PA’s. Our network can supply all the experience you require. Kansas City is the fortunate home of passionate film makers and film support crew. Let us introduce you to them.

Our Story

SJPS has been in the Midwest production scene for 30 years.

Our passion for purposeful camera movement and its ability to add to a narrative began when Bill Gilbert gave Scott Jolley an introduction to a Tulip crane in 1990. Our love of camera movement continued to expand in an ever larger vocabulary enhanced by jib arms, steadicams, drones/UAV’s, and stabilizers. The focus is always designing a shot to tell a better story.

You may be familiar with our full name, Scott Jolley Production Services, derived from a time when Scott was a one-man show. While SJPS began with Scott Jolley as an independent contractor, he understood that collaboration with talented partners is key. When we work together, we challenge and learn from each other. Training up and joining forces with others, SJPS now has a strong crew of experienced and talented videographers with a wide skill set in camera movement in the greater Midwest including Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. We also have a network of Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Editors, Gaffers, etc. Our passion for film making runs deep. We don’t work or consider what we do a job. We play, and we play hard.

Our gear includes DJI products including the Inspire 2 Pro with Zenmuse X5S camera, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic Pro, Jimmy Jib Triangle Jib Arms with reach up to 30 feet, Steadicam Clipper with Steadicam G-50 arm, Black Magic Ursa Mini Pro camera package, Panasonic GH5 camera package, a variety of gimbals and vehicle mounts and much more. If we don’t have it, we can tell you who does.

Bonus, SJPS is proudly WBE (Women’s Business Enterprise) and WOSB (Women-Owned Small Business) Certified. We support diversity in the work place, strive to be intentionally inclusive, and are working toward changing the industry demographic.


Meet the Owners

Scott Jolley

Founder and Storyteller

Scott is the hands-on creative of SJPS. He’s the one that can make all those video contraptions move. He loves to share his craft as much as he loves to tell a story. He’s also the author of  India According to Scott published in 2017.

Amanda Jolley

Chief of all things behind the scenes

Majority owner Amanda Jolley is the behind the scenes mechanic that makes sure all the cogs are turning. As an accountant, Amanda naturally took on the role of business and operations manager. When she’s not in the office, she’s painting in her art studio.

Get in touch

Need an estimate or have questions about our services? Give us a shout.

SJPS Studio: Creative/Technical

606 E 30th St

Kansas City MO 64109

Phone: 816-686-3851

Email: scott@sjps.tv

SJPS Office: Crewing/Accounting

610 E 30th St

Kansas City MO 64109

Phone: 816-721-0829

Exquisite Corpse collaborative film project

UPDATE: We have four teams that will be shooting in the month of July. Stay tuned for the release of the Exquisite Corpse Film!

You’ve all heard of 48 Hour Film Festivals – SJPS is putting together something a little sillier, but just as fun.

An ‘Exquisite Corpse’ is, according to Wikipedia, “A method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed.”

We want to make one of those, with you.

Unlike a 48 Hour Film, this isn’t a competition – it’s a collaboration, and a chance to make art, have fun, and build skills on set.

WHEN IT’S HAPPENING: The month of July, dates TBD

HOW IT WORKS: There will be a collection of production teams, each making their own section of the film.
Team one will schedule two days to shoot, be given a prompt, and produce the first section of the film in forty eight hours, at which point they have to turn in whatever they’ve got.
The next team will be given only the last thirty seconds of the previous section, from which they’ll have to make the next part of the movie – and so on and so forth until the project is complete.
The teams will know where in the film their section will go, (The beginning, the middle, the end, etc) but will otherwise be given no clues about the plot of the previous sections.

If you already know who you want to work with and want to put together your own team, that’s great! If you don’t have a gang of usual suspects you like to work with, we can put you together with a team of people – just tell us what you want to do and we’ll get you involved!

We’ll try and make sure there’s room for everyone who wants to join, though we can’t promise that there’ll be room for everyone to only do one particular thing. (For example, if thirty people want to direct and nobody wants to edit, we’ll need to make a few compromises!)

Each team should be prepared to:
Write a script
Produce their vision
Direct actors
Edit the final film

SJPS will provide crew support, gear, and all the resources we have available, including cameras, lighting, jibarm, steadicam, drone, an edit suite, and some other tools. (Full list below.)
You’re welcome to bring any of your own gear if you’d like, but we’ll be there as a resource for anything you might want or need.

We’ll also be providing the actors – no need to do your own casting call. We can’t promise that every actor will be available on every day. If someone from a previous scene isn’t available for the next section – write around it! 

If you have any questions, please email max@sjps.tv with the Exquisite Corpse in the subject line.

If you’re interested, please fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you right away!

Click here==> https://forms.gle/exF2iUvsHX8pLNhYA


If you are interested in acting in the film, we’ve got this form instead!

Click here==> https://forms.gle/AutnDF1T6j3LDQkW7




Gear list:
Camera – Black Magic Ursa Mini Pro
Steadicam
Jimmy Jib – From 6′ to 30′
Grip/Lighting
Dana Dolly system
Inspire 2 Pro and Mavic 3 Drones
Edit Suite with Adobe products

Depending on how scheduling shakes out, specific crew support will change, but we’ll be certain to provide extra hands to every team to help your vision come to life!