Camera Support in Burbank is one of the leading suppliers of gear to television productions in Southern California. Founded by veteran cameramen Randy Gomez and Engineer, Gary Taillon, the company supplies camera packages and specialty equipment to a number of popular shows produced before live audiences.

Live television production is a demanding business. With time of the essence, there is no room for downtime and little margin for error or equipment failure. Aiming for perfect execution, the company recently purchased a dozen Cartoni Master MK2 fluid heads from Cartoni USA and they are now a critical component of its solutions for live production.

The Master MK2 is an ideal complement to new lighter cameras, such as the Sony F800, Panasonic Varicam 3700 and Sony F55 cameras, that Camera Support supplies to most of its clients.  “They’re perfect for our camera packages,” says Camera Support rental manager Laurie Barrett. “We needed something lightweight, but rugged. The balance is really nice. The operators love them.”

Operators today are often tasked with executing complex moves to achieve “cinematic” effects. The Cartoni Master MK2 allows operators to pan and tilt with ease. Its patented counterbalance system provides smooth performance throughout the +/- 90-degree tilt range with perfect stops.

Barrett reports that Camera Support’s 12 Cartoni Master MK2 heads are in use every day on multiple shows. She adds that the support team from Cartoni USA works with Camera Support’s tech crew to ensure that productions remain on track, and that small glitches do not develop into big problems. “The customer support has been great,” she says.

Reflecting the state of the art in camera support technology, CARTONI offers the widest product range in the industry. 80 years of know-how and experience, innovative solutions, patented technologies and the constant care of serving the professional in any shooting situation with any camera, make CARTONI synonymous with excellence in camera support. CARTONI currently exports from Rome, its Italian headquarters, to 65 countries in five continents, with a network of agents and distributors serving all major international users. CARTONI’s mission is to guarantee the cameraman the highest possible reliability, freedom and creativity in any environment.

CARTONI - Via Giuseppe Mirri, 13 – Rome 00159 (RM) Italy. Phone: +39 064382002 FAX: +39 0643588293

Formed in 1992, CARTONI USA is the North American office CARTONI fluid heads, tripods, pedestals. CARTONI manufactures a wide range of Fluid Heads for both Video and Film applications. The company’s products support cameras of all sizes and descriptions, from the smallest DV cameras to the largest studio cameras, while adhering to the highest industry standards for quality, reliability, performance, durability and features.

CARTONI USA, 10663 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601; 818.760.8290.