Ever since Jack Birns and Cliff Sawyer opened shop in Hollywood in 1954,filmmakers of every stripe from all over the world have come to us for solutions to their creative desires and technical support needs.

Equipment rentals, sales, and optics manufacturing were the bedrock of Birns & Sawyer and it is still true to this day. Building on the tradition of steadfast service and enduring customer relationships, we are proud and excited to now offer new products and services in the fields of broadcast system integration, lens repair, and education with the same standard of excellence and attention to detail.

Employee-owned and staffed with knowledgeable and passionate individuals, many of whom are filmmakers themselves, there’s no denying that we are truly here to help you tell your story because we’ve been there ourselves.

With offices in the US, Canada, and Asia, we believe in an inclusive approach to making the latest cinematic tools, services, and broadcast integration systems accessible with ease, efficiency, and reliability so that you are empowered to do your best visual storytelling, no matter the budget, format, or screen size.

3039 Roswell Street Los Angeles CA 90065

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.