MSE’s new Freedom Car Mount System.[/caption]Matthews Studio Equipment has rolled out a unique new series of mounting systems for a range of shooting applications. The company’s Ricky RODS and the Freedom Car Mount System are now available to support car, truck and boat shots.
“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,” said 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.
“Ricky RODS, example, cut down on wasted time on a shoot by cutting out the need to cut tubes to desired lengths for various uses,” he explained. “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-inch increments that can be screwed together with 3/8” steel threads and female plugs and can work with other 5/8-inch rigging hardware.
While small cameras are in, many shooters still like to mount heavier cinema cameras on cars, trucks, boats, but are concerned about the weight.
“We have a 360 degree rotating grip head that is secured to your foundation with a 10-inch 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.
The Freedom Car Mount System kit includes right angle adapters for more flexibility when trying to shoot a car wheel or a challenging passenger/driver profile shot. The large T-handle quickly secures both the head and the opposite receiver simultaneously. Vacuum cups, grip heads, quick struts are also part of the package.