Client Corner

Iconic Photographer Creates Custom Matthews Flight Kit

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Visual artist Jeremy Saffer is liv’in his dream. His images have set the visual style for some of the hottest metal bands of all time, donning album covers, posters, music videos, coffee table books, and fine art. Not your everyday photographer, he spends 90% of his life on location and the other 10% in western Massachusetts where musicians often seek him out so he can weave his photography with his macabre magic to create iconic portraits. Formal art school training never prepared Jeremy for the practicalities of his chosen career. That he learned on the road. His current camera of...

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Martin Torner Sets the Grip Bar for Nightview

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As a long-time grip, Matthew’s Martin Torner knows his way around stages. So doing customer service for MSE is a natural for him. He knows the basics of which tool to use, how to rack the gear, and more. He first visited with Donna Stirzel, Nightview General Manager, months before the opening when the cyc walls were being installed, mainly to get the vibe of the place. He and Donna discussed options for the best grip packages to offer and helped put it together the way Martin would if he were a grip working on the stage. Of course Matthews...

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LaLonde chooses Matthews for Flex Seal studio

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Who can forget the infomercials with a screen door in the bottom of the boat or a boat being sawed in half, taped together and set afloat to show the proof of the miraculous Flex Seal® and Flex Tape® products with TV pitchman Phil Swift? Since 2011, the CEO and co-founder of parent company, Swift Response, LLC has produced scores of hit spots about the famous Flex Seal® Family of Products. When it was decided to bring all production in house in 2017, Rob LaLonde was recruited from a long freelance relationship to grow a production/post team and build out...

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Director of Photography Blake Gaytan takes a trip down memory lane with Matthews

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Blake Gaytan found his passion for filmmaking in his freshman year of high school. Along with various video production courses, he was heavily involved in the theater department, where he got a crash course in lighting and production design, eventually working his up to becoming Technical Director for many years. He rounded out his education at California State Northridge’s Cinema and Television Arts Program – where he met Matthews President Tyler Phillips. “I was working on projects with my peers at the time,” Blake remembered. “Tyler and I connected at CSUN, and when the...

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Arsenal Lighting

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MSE’s truck just arrived in Brooklyn, New York, to support the newly formed Arsenal Lighting. Founded by Ben Suarez, formerly of Available Light in Queens, Arsenal’s motto is “Ready to Shoot” for production needs in the New York City and Tri-State Film/Video and Commercial community. Suarez has put his 14-plus years of production experience on the line by starting Arsenal. Partnering with MSE for all his support needs was a no-brainer. The first thing he did was call MSE’s Eastern Regional Sales Manager Ken Emker. “I’ve known Ken for years,” he says. “When I heard that he’s joined MSE, it...

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