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September 26, 2019

Burbank, CA-Matthews’ key strategy to support creators has always come from inside the industry. Founder Ed Phillips took his on-set experience to develop the key tools that Matthews manufactures. After a while, newer minds and voices are needed and that’s exactly why they hired Best Boy Grip (Local 80) Martin Torner as their leading R&D/Service Guru.

“Giving him a title is tough. He works with our R&D department to take on set problems and provide solutions. He’s customer service for unique rigging and all around film-making questions. He’s our on-camera talent for social media,” counts President Tyler Phillips.

Martin started behind the scenes at birth, raised in a family run theater company. At age 12, he was thrown onto his first follow spot. He started his first job on a feature the day after graduating from the New York Film Academy Director’s Program. From there, he has worked in every aspect of the grip department.

His problem solving skills helped him excel and find regular work on sets, traveling the world while working on such films as Journey 2:The Mysterious Island, Thor, Iron Man 2, The Amazing Spiderman as well as many hit television shows such as Marvels Agents of Shield, Ballers, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Eventually, he wanted to stay more local and tackle industry wide problems.

“I enjoyed solving the problems of the day,” says Martin. “With Matthews, I can solve the industry-wide problems and make a broader contribution.”

He closes his first year by creating the industry-wide solution to mobility—the Rock n’ RollerTM Wheel Sets. They are 3 new SKUs to work with the popular Matthews Monitor Stand II/Slider Stands; a set for Combo Stands (works with 1” square legs); and a set for Mombo Combos (works with 1 1/2” square tube legs). He and his fellow grips are always finding ways to get the job done faster and safer. Putting rugged wheels on the most common stands, enabling them to go over any terrain, saves time and back aches. The responses from NAB, Cine Gear, and IBC solidify them as a soon to be legacy hit for the industry.

Check out Martin in the social media he helps distribute for Matthews. He co-stars with the gear regularly and his energy perfectly matches the company’s excitement for innovation. You can also meet him in person at this year’s Cine Gear Atlanta show at Pinewood Atlanta Studios, October 4-5, 2019. The Matthews Team is confident his second year is going to be even bigger.

For more information on the Rock n’ RollerTM Wheels, check out


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. MSE offices are located at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at 4520 West Valerio Street, Burbank, CA 91505.

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