Matthews Studio Equipment, the original Hollywood grip company, will be unveiling their newest and standard-setting photo and video equipment, along with live demos by rock legend photographer, Jeremy Saffer—at WPPI 2023.
Front and center will be the world premiere of Gatorbuddy™—a new solution for an old issue. Gatorbuddy offers an innovative way to handle gator board, foamcore, V-flats, and other boards. Compact, sturdy, and mobile, it can fulfill a variety of tasks safely and efficiently. With a steel base and four Tente caster wheels, it can glide around the studio, then lock safely in place to facilitate lighting adjustments, move panels and V-Flats smoothly in and out to swap backgrounds, create instant walls and dividers, or be equipped with a laptop or monitor for use as a work/media station. Visitors can get a demo from the inventor, photographer Carlo Hindian.
Also, out from behind his camera will be Jeremy Saffer whose iconic imagery of metal music icons and art photography adorns albums, magazine covers, and coffee table books. He will run through the support kits he counts on for his own in-studio and on-location work. His favorite studio package to reposition the key light throughout a shoot is the Mini Boom Rolling Kit. It includes a Runway Base that supports up to 250 lbs. on maneuverable locking caster wheels, along with a 40” C+ Riser with T-handles, and a 5/8” Baby Pin with 3/8”-16 threaded tip. Also essential is the extendable (45″-80″) Mini MatthBoom built of no-bend steel with a Baby pin at one end and rear hook that’s ready to grab Saffer’s favorite Boa Bag (sandbag) for balancing.
For photographers on the road, Matthews will be showing the lightweight Trio C+ Traveler Kit complete with three spring-loaded turtle bases with stands, 40” C+ Risers and gobo arms, which all pack conveniently into a vehicle.
Matthews mounting hardware on display includes their line of Gobo Plates rugged, simple, connect-stuff-to-stuff steel adapters, along with the LB2 Location Baby Bracket, and for safely holding tube lights, The Claw and MQ Mount. Also on hand will be an array of Matthews hallmark stands, Shotbags and more.
Matthews’ set-ready gear is manufactured and quality controlled in Matthews Burbank, California headquarters. For information about Matthews Studio Equipment visit www.msegrip.com