Calabria Lighting and Grip

San Diego, California 92101


About Us

Calabria Lighting and Grip is a San Diego local owner/operator run professional video lighting company. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with quality service from pre production to wrap and to deliver results that are on point with your vision. Featuring San Diego's only full service modular 1.5 ton grip van package. The grip van fits in a single parking space and in underground garages with no need for special parking or additional permit fees. As owner/operator I Gaff every shoot and see to it personally that you receive first rate professional service.

We have been providing lighting and grip solutions to Southern California for over 16 years. Specializing in branded content, green screen, on location and studio shoots, CEO interviews, corporate and commercial productions. The talented crew at Calabria Lighting and Grip has a commitment to first-class service and a unified ambition to make our clients happy.

Camera and audio packages also available in house.

Check out my ProductionHub reviews below, visit my social links for more reviews and pics of the gear in action. Please take a look at my website for a complete gear list and more information. ​

We look forward to providing you with quality service.

We have been in the industry since 2001.


Short notice, foreign crew, changes on set. Nick was able to accommodate my crew at a moments notice amidst a busy set with translators. Consummate professional, will call on again!

Lawrence Johnson Liu

Nicholas and his team were excellent. He has a keen eye, positive attitude and exceptional work ethic. His genuine interest in the material and our crew contributed so much to the project. You’ll be lucky to have him on set.

Jonathan Denmark

If you're looking for a Gaffer with gear in San Diego, you've found the right guy. We just used Nicholas for a shoot and couldn't have been more pleased. Solid experienced gaffer with great gear. Thanks again!

Worked with Nicholas on a 2-day shoot in Cardiff. He is enthusiastic, a team player, easy to get along with and displays a calm and professional presence on set. He was also easily reachable before the shoot and went out of his way to make sure he was able to provide for all our lighting and grip needs.

Zoe Mey

Nicholas has an easygoing, energetic, professional and enthusiastic manner on set. He’s an artisan who paints with light and thoroughly enjoys the creative process.

We shot 12 hours, employing 2 camera units, 17 executives on camera, concurrently rolling on both scenes and came in on budget and with no sacrifice to quality. Our director, producer and DP all commented on how smooth the day went and how beautifully the scenes were lit.

I can wholeheartedly recommend Nicholas Calabria as a gaffer for commercial or corporate communications shoots where lighting acumen is required. He even helped me staff the shoot with referrals for numerous crew positions, not exclusive to the grip and electrics dept. making him even more of an asset to an out of town production manager looking to quickly staff a shoot with top local talent. I’d call on him again anytime I have the opportunity to work together. He’s one of the pros!

Dan Valdes

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