July 1, 2015

For Immediate Release

Burbank, CA.

Matthews Studio Equipment’s Burbank manufacturing facility has just rolled out a new series of mounting systems for a range of shooting applications. First up Ricky RODS and the Freedom Car Mount System now available, to support everything from car, truck, boat shots – and more.

“Today’s production schedules are always severely compressed, putting pressure on the grip and camera crew to get it done – and get it done fast,” says Robert Kulesh, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at MSE. “We’ve designed several new supports that will allow you to do shots faster – and better.

“RickyRODS, example, cut down on wasted time on a shoot by cutting out the need to cut tubes to desired lengths for various uses,” he explains. “Originally designed as support for car mount rigging, we’ve found they are easy – and fast – for a wide variety of applications.” MSE has designed these tools in 10” increments that can be screwed together with 3/8” steel threads and female plugs and can work with other 5/8” rigging hardware.

While small cameras are in, many shooters still like to mount heavier cinema cameras on cars, trucks, boats – or even non-porous surfaces but are concerned about the weight. “Yes, there are different car mounts available today – but MSE’s come up with a couple of creative options that sets our Freedom Car Mount System apart,” Kulesh explains. “WE have a 360 degree rotating grip head that is secured to your foundation with a 10” vacuum cup, cheese plate and MSE’s RickyRODS. The swivel head easily slides across two of the RickyRODS for easy positioning. In addition to rotating 360 degrees, this set up allows for a 90-degree swivel.” The standard hole pattern of the camera plate allows for mounting of a dovetail plate or even direct mount of camera.

MSE has created a complete Freedom Car Mount System kit that includes right angle adapters for more flexibility when trying to shoot a car wheel or that always-challenging passenger/driver profile shot. The large T-handle quickly and easily secures both the head and the opposite receiver simultaneously. Vacuum cups, grip heads, quick struts are also part of the package. With the new Freedom Car Mount cinema style shooting is easy, fast and safe.

RickyRODS and the Freedom Car Mount System are now shipping nationally and internationally from MSE’s Burbank, CA location.


MSE is a 45-year-old manufacturer of industry-specialized 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 the Presidential “E” Award for outstanding contributions to growing U.S. exports, strengthening the economy and creating American jobs. Matthews has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Technical Achievement. MSE is the exclusive distributor of the FLOATCAM and POLLY DOLLY products throughout Asia and the Americas. MSE recently moved into a new state-of-the-art facility at 4520 West Valerio Street, Burbank, CA 91505. www.msegrip.com

For more information and additional photos please contact
Robert Kulesh, VP Sales and Marketing MSE

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