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Matthews Studio Equipment

Matthews AMPAS Sci Tech

Celebrating Nearly 50 Years


Serving the International Motion Picture, Television, Photographic and Theatrical Industries

  • Matthews equipment has been honored with three Academy Awards and one Emmy Award for Technical Achievement.
  • Winner of the 2001 NAB Superior Technology Award.
  • Winner of 2002 Best Production Accessory by the Editors of Videomaker.
  • Winner of the TVTechnology Award presented by TVTechnology Magazine at the 2011 NAB Show.
  • Winner of the Black Diamond Award for best new product presented by Digital Video at the 2011 NAB Show.
  • Recipient of The President’s ‘E’ Certificate of Exports 2010 as presented by the Secretary of Commerce

Every matthews product is backed by over forty years of experience.

Every Matthews product is guaranteed 100% against material and manufacturing defects.


  • Steel threaded helicoil inserts are standard in all aluminum castings to ensure thread life.
  • Grip heads employ gimbal (radial) locking to prevent slippage after tightening.
  • Casters are dual locking and non-marking.
  • Stand legs are heat treated for maximum strength and durability.
  • Metal surfaces are polished prior to chrome plating to provide a long-lasting, corrosion-free finish.
  • Brass brake shoes are designed to posi-lock on three points. 1-1/8” and 5/8” receivers also feature posi-lock three point contact.
  • All big stands feature .120” heavy wall tubular construction.
  • T-handles and spin wheels are designed for comfort and leverage

The History of C-Stands

In 1974 Matthews Studio Equipment introduced the industry’s first folding base C-Stand. (C-Stand and Century Stand are registered trademarks of Matthews Studio Equipment.) Matthews now produces a wide range of C-Stands and related accessories to assist the motion picture, television and photographic professional in lighting and lighting modification support. The term ‘Century Stand’ goes back to the early days of motion picture production.

Before there was artificial lighting the stages would revolve to allow for continuous overhead lighting from the sun. Large reflectors would be positioned to bounce or kick the overhead light up onto the stage and illuminate the set and actors. These reflectors were made in many sizes but it seems the most popular was the 100 inch, or ‘century’, sized reflector. In later years studios, grips and gaffers began to manufacture the earliest versions of what we now call C-Stands. The original C-Stands had welded bases that did not fold up or adjust but the fact that they easily nested together made them invaluable on the stage. Century Stands or ‘C’ stands are an important component in the image makers arsenal of tools.

These popular stands are available in many different configurations, lengths and finishes. The unique staggered leg design allows C-Stands to be nested and therefore be placed extremely close to one another on set. The lower leg can also be slid under many objects. The C+ offers a removable base for the risers making disassembly for travel simple and easy without being cumbersome or having the awkwardness typical of other manufacturers. The sliding leg allows for use on stairs, off curbs and even as high as a desk or counter top. Fast, easy opening and closing.