MSE Dutti Dolly Perfect Match for Bullet Proof Grips
Matthews Studio Equipment (MSE) recently came to the rescue when Key Grip Michael Pizzuto of Bullet Proof Grips needed to make a unique shot for a new series called Guest Book.
Pizzuto— whose previous work includes the TV series Blunt Talk, Secrets and Lies, The Goldbergs, Vegas, and Necessary Roughness—and his team at Bullet Proof Grips are always being challenged with unique situations. “This time my DP Chad Persons wanted us to get a shot over two set walls, spanning 14 feet,” explains Pizzuto. “The first option was to use a Technocrane, which is very expensive.
“I’m always looking towards Matthews for just the right product to help me get the shot needed,” he adds. “This time it was the new Dutti Dolly.” By using 2-inch-square aluminum stock in conjunction with the MSE universal track brackets as the dolly track, they were able to add a Cartoni Lamda head and move the camera underslung.
“I own other cheese-plate-type dollies, but they always feel like they want to fall off the speed rail track,” Pizzuto admits. “The Dutti Dolly is much more stable and its movement is effortless. It gave us smooth tracking. And, the new wider base makes it better for weight distribution.”
Pizzuto is no stranger to Matthews support. “I find the Mini Math booms very handy to arm in a light very quickly when space is limited,” he explains. “This year, I also purchased a Max Menace Arm. This genius piece of gear allows me to get a light in anywhere I can think of. It’s quick and easy to move around.”
“Working with Michael is incredibly cool for me as he is always working on something epic,” exclaims Tyler Phillips, VP of marketing and product development at MSE. “Like the shot he and his best boy, Ivan Gonzalez, planned over the two set walls on Guest Book, or throwing up backlights up in weird places with the Max Menace Arm. Michael, Ivan and the rest of his team are always pushing boundaries, and we’re always here to come up with creative and safe rigging solutions for them. And I have to say, chatting with him is a lot of fun given all of his experiences as a key grip. Just ask him about Austin Powers. Yeah Baby!”