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Mann Gets a Grip on Matthews with Complicated Things on YouTube

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You might say hosting his own YouTube show, Complicated Things, is Mark Mann's second job. The Glasgow-born photographer has been shooting iconic portraits of countless celebrities from Presidents to filmstars to pop icons that don the pages and screens of popular media worldwide. Based in New York City he's also accrued a thick advertising portfolio representing Madison Avenue brands that know he'll support their A-list image. Why Complicated Things? He'll be the first to tell you, "It came about by receiving good questions in response to my Instagram posts about my process—people asked how do I do things and why?...

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Osbun Pulls off Captivating Micro-budget Feature with Help of Matthews

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One look at the captivating "Don't Tear Yourself Apart" proves that with ingenuity, friends, and go-for-it attitude, anything is possible despite 2021's challenges. Taking advantage of the Covid lull, the film's co-executive producer and cinematographer JJ Osbun and screenwriter/director P. Tavares filmed in 10 days, and completed it 8 months later. They pulled their personal iPhone 11 Pro and 12 Pro out of their pockets, and went to work on their first narrative feature. Gearing up The camera package consisted of the two iPhones with 1:33 anamorphic adapters and cages that made creative rigging possible. “The real trick was the...

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Alex Amyot, Gaffer & Inventor - Matthews Slider Inventor tells all

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The Day Matthews Slider Inventor Alex Amyot Visited Burbank While many folks get big ideas for better ways to do things in this business, Alex Amyot builds them. Fulfilling his goal to make jobs easier and quicker, he’s responsible for several grip tools in common use on set. In addition to the famous Matthews Slider, he also designed the K-Stackers mount for KinoFlo banks, the Lazy Suzy camera mount, and more rugged essentials found on standard Grip trucks across the globe. Not bad for a self-taught kid who paid attention while working in his grandfather’ hardware store in Montreal Canada....

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Look Out: Best Gals learn Grip & Electric

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With her hot pink hair its no wonder that Best Gals founder Jessica Jastrzebski is igniting a movement that’s starting to catch like a Texas wildfire. And her fuel is education. The fiery Gaffer/Key Grip/AC created The Best Gals (www.thebestgals.com) to help add diversity in the G&E department and advance women’s careers beyond the production assistant role. “I’m aware of only three other women in Texas who work in G&E. Let me repeat this, only three other full-time female grips working in the entire state of Texas.” She reached out to the film community for help supporting this project and...

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DP Jacobsen on MAX Menace Arm

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Matthews: Max Menace Helps Light Divas for DP Alan Jacobsen DP Alan Jacobsen’s mantra is, “There’s a way to do this that will work.” The problem-solver loves the “tinker-toys aspect of filmmaking”. So when he was brought on to shoot a segment of VH1 Divas: Unsilent Night, holiday special, starring some of music’s greatest performers, he welcomed the challenge. The scene featured four musical legends sitting at a roundtable in an elegant lounge situated in Brooklyn’s 90-year-old, newly renovated Kings Theatre. The room was 16’ wide by 32’ long, the ceiling 14’ tall, the dresses big, and the timing short....

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