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Ed Set C-Standards - Another Signature Ed Achievement

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In accordance with Ed Phillips’ continuing quest to devise equipment standards and time-saving uniformities on set, Matthews Studio Equipment introduced the first folding-base, *Century a.k.a. “C” Stand in 1974. A filmmaker and photographer’s favorite, the ubiquitous C-Stand can today be found on sets worldwide supporting lighting and lighting modifiers like softboxes, flags, scrims, etc. The term ‘Century Stand’ goes back to the early days of motion picture production. Before there was artificial lighting, stages would revolve to allow for continuous overhead lighting from the sun. Large reflectors were positioned to bounce or kick the overhead light onto the stage, illuminating...

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What’s up Doc? Meet Matthews’ new Docking Stand

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Gimbals have become common on a multitude of shoots. But keeping them safely out of the way and ready for action between shots is essential. To solve the need, we’ve combined our world class Slider Stand with the versatile Dutti Dock. A wonderful platform for making adjustments to your rig, Docking Stand has a much smaller footprint than cumbersome camera carts, allowing you to get as close to set as possible. The wide-based Slider Stand comes standard with two rocky mountain legs for easy leveling on hills, mountainsides, rocky environments, stairs and other uneven terrain. Great for travel, it collapses...

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Setting Standards Ed's Way

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When Matthews Studio Equipment was established in July of 1968, founder Roy Isaia was making rags, flags and scrims. Ed joined Matthews in 1971 after selling his lighting company WAYNCO. At the time, Isaia was in the process of expanding Matthews’ product line to include hardware. Back then studios made their own stands and hardware as needed. There were no recognized standards for equipment being used from studio to studio or from set to set—the Grip department used 1” diameter pins and receivers while Electric used 1-1/8”. Ed knew that Matthews, as well as the entire production community, would benefit...

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Women's Weekend Film Challenge comes to Matthews Studio Equipment

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  “This was the first time everyone got to meet before the challenge began and it really helped boost morale and excitement. Matthews went above a beyond!” Katrina Medoff & Tracy Sayre, founders WWFC Saturday February 16, Matthews opened its doors to the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge (WWFC). Dedicated to creating professional productions with women in every production role, Founders Katrina Medoff and Tracy Sayre have been been producing the event in New York City for the past 2 years and have ushered the finished projects into over 60 festivals and heralded numerous awards—thus far. For their LA debut Matthews gave...

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President Tyler Phillips recaps BSC Expo and Whites February Freeze

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And, “We’re back, we’re back”… to quote the famous Dave Donaldson of Grip Tips! It was a long trip starting off in London for the BSC Expo and then making our way through Europe and all the way to Toronto for the Whites February Freeze show! These were two of my favorite expos, where we got to meet the best of the best in two great countries. The BSC Expo was fantastic! We got to work with our partners at CirroLite to show off the latest and greatest and reintroduced legacy products like the award-winning Max Menace arm. Martin, Joey...

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