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An interview from the 2022 Cine Gear Atlanta Expo with Martin Torner of Matthews Studio Equipment. Matthews Studio Equipment (MSE) now has 50 years of success in the manufacturing industry—specializing in hardware, camera and lighting support. Its equipment is being used on entertainment productions and in major studios in over 90 countries around the world. The company has been honored with two Presidential “E” Award for outstanding contributions to growing U.S. exports, strengthening the economy and creating American jobs. Matthews has also been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Technical Achievement.

Matthews Studio Equipment, known for standard-setting grip gear for location and studio work, introduces the first off-the-shelf, modular grip and lighting stand that reaches 25 feet/7.62 meters. Air Climber uses pneumatics to be safely raised and lowered via a regulator switch and air compressor.

A large leveling platform supports the telescoping column (mast). Complete with eight-risers, the unique design employs seven locking collars with tension control and a frictional locking system for each section. A clockwise turn of the handgrip engages a metal band that braces each riser section and safely tightens and locks the riser tube. Individual riser tubes may be locked in intermediate positions so the user can enjoy precision accuracy when raising and lowering. The system’s pan ring allows 360-degrees of mast rotation without the need to completely lower the system—a valuable time-saver.

The large leveling dolly platform base comes equipped with four telescoping legs for footprint adjustment (maximum 8’x8’/2.44×2.44m, collapsed 5’x5’/1.52×1.52m) and four heavy-duty jacks with 14?/35.5cm reach to level out the platform. The 8-section telescoping column can be easily removed from the dolly with a single wrench or can be left built and ready to transport in the back of the truck. The rotating Base at the bottom of the the column (or mast) offers a Lock and Pan Wheel around it to ease fixture positioning. Four rugged tires with breaks and security struts assure safe and smooth movement and secure lock down.

With a maximum height of 7.62cm/25', minimum height of 1.98cm/6.5', and 4.5' loading height, the system offers a hefty load capacity of 200-lbs/91kg.

VeeBoxx kit is a new, portable soft box enclosure that works with The Claw to quickly transform the Astera 40" Titan tube into a diffused lighting source. The Claw & VeeBoxx form a safe, practical, solution to bring delicate tubes into the hefty world of grips and gaffers. Designed by Sci-Tech Award-winning Key Grip Richard Mall with gaffer Jeremy Launais.

For more information please visit: www.MSEgrip.com

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