Hollywood’s original grip company, Matthews Studio Equipment will demonstrate their latest wares for professional grip and rigging on sets and location. These include essential tools: new Grip Rail, Black Hyper-chrome™ Matthellini2, Litemover®, and Air Climber® all made for holding, setting, or positioning lighting and other set essentials. To show off the gear, front and center in booth C6725, Matthews will feature Format LLC’s meticulously outfitted Ram ProMaster van—stocked and ready for the next location.

MSE has a better way to mount equipment on the fly, without puncturing the architecture. Multipurpose Grip Rail is the world’s first telescoping, adjustable grid pipe system. Billet aluminum strong and hard-anodized, Grip Rail makes it quick and easy to brace and hang camera and lighting rigs, backdrops, and more. Designed to work with popular grid clamps, Matthellinis, and standard pipe fittings, Grip Rail is a no-cutting, worthy alternative to complicated pipe organs.

Matthews will also show a new spin on their Matthellini Clamp, long known for solid gripping of round, square, or other shape rectangular tubing. The newly designed Black Hyper-chrome Matthellini2 maintains the oversized, spinning handle, but the Matthellini2 handle spins faster than its predecessor, making it quicker and easier to use. There is still the rugged steel shaft, and dual parallel jaws with one fixed, mounted at the base of the Baby Pin portion of the shaft. The updated hardware has been completely re-engineered and retooled for better functionality and enhanced durability. Now finished in black Hyper-chrome, it is stronger, easier to handle and more low key—keeping it unobtrusive behind the scenes.

Also showing new adapters to make Litemover universal remote head compatible with a dozen fixtures using this hands-off system. Now crews faced with positioning lights and reflector boards weighing up to 220-lbs./100 kilos, can use Litemover with lights including ARRI Skypanel, Skypanel X21, X22/X2, Orbiter, and Briklok. Plus there are adapters available for Cineo R15, Powerbeam, Creamsource Vortex, SumoLight SumoMax, K5600, Filmgear, and Fiilex Q10. Equally advantageous with reflectors, there are kits for Matthews Mirrors and CRLS. By cutting the need to climb high ladders to aim a light, Litemover can increase accessibility, adding to on set safety. It is the ideal companion for Matthews Air Climber modular grip and lighting stand that reaches 25 feet/7.62 meters and holds up to 200-lbs/90kg while also compacting for easy transport in a standard grip truck.

For these offerings and more, visit NAB booth C6725 or online at www.msegrip.com

Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.