I’ve been in the motion picture industry for over twenty years, and out of all the cart manufacturers, Studio Carts have been single handedly the most functional and desirable carts in my experience. They pass every test with flying colors, from mobility and load capacity all the way to looks and customization possibilities. The guys there at Studio Carts know their craft and each cart they create has always been a hit between me and all of my clients. I now only buy carts from them because they are simply the best.
CEO of Cine Power & Light, Inc. and Retired Gaffer
My name is Paul Monroe, I am an IATSE 728 Gaffer and owner of Slik Lighting.
I work on features, commercials, interviews, music videos, etc and I love my job and plan to focus on the art of Lighting for the rest of my career.
My team and I are always trying to find ways to make our jobs easier and more efficient, which is why I bought the the Studio Seven Crate Cart from Studio Carts/Concept Lighting. This one cart has made a huge difference in the workflow for my team. I keep all of my tools, expendables, gels, practical globes, Duv, black wrap, electrical connectors, personal items, dimmers and my flickerbox in the cart and on the move with ease.
This cart is bad ass and makes me feel more professional because of how easy it is to bring my essential Gaffer Kit with me on wheels.
I am slowly buying all of my carts from Studio Carts because when you compare them side by side with similar carts there is No comparison. Quality counts in front of the camera and also behind it.
Thanks Robert & Alden
A SPECIAL THANKS
Pedro Castex and Robert Guzman have designed and built what I can only call a brilliant and well thought out trailer . I was presented with a couple of ideas that made sense to me so we agreed to go forward. The result I believe speaks for itself. I am very happy with the interior design of my trailer. In the 30 plus years in the Entertainment industry I based my idea for the trailer off of other trailers that were in use out on the road. Robert and his team took the approach that a simply laid out trailer would give my guys the most organization and ease of inventory access. Today it is a must to be clean and organized with the amount of competition out there. Again the guys at STUDIO CARTS really understood this and executed flawlessly. I would recommend this company to anyone. They are also the people who built all of my rigging carts. Most of which are custom designed.
Thank you again
Ed Tewalt Owner ETRIGGING
The story of my first grip truck Kings County Grip, Brooklyn, NY
Trailer built by R&T Lift Gate. Carts & Racks by Studio Carts. Grip Equipment by American Grip.
In November of 2013 I called studio carts to get a quote on some carts for my new unbuilt trailer. Pedro picked up the phone and right away it was clear I was dealing with the correct company. He talked me through their process, turnaround and even a bit of custom works on a couple of tricky things I wanted on the carts.
At the end of the call I asked Pedro if he knew anybody that could build custom racks for the trailer. He laughed, “that’s our speciality ! You need to speak to Robert.” If you’re reading this testimonial here’s what you need to know about Robert Guzman : he owns the company, he’s been in the business practically since birth, either welding steel, designing carts & trucks, renting grip electric gear, or on set, setting up the gear. As a builder Robert is a mad scientist, he’s a fantastic collaborator, his patience, & understanding of a trailer build out is what my project needed Robert’s attention to detail is off the charts.
By the end of the call I’d decided hands down these were the guys to hire to build out my 45′ x 13′ 6″ grip trailer.
Now here’s the tricky part, I live in Brooklyn, NY and I wasn’t gonna sit in LA and babysit the trailer while we discussed every measurement. I explained to Robert I was designing the entire truck in a program called sketch up. And I needed him to learn the program so we could have a reference point to go to as we were separated by 3k miles. He learned it and over the next 2 months we spoke every day on the phone as he adjusted, made things better and work correctly. Robert took the original design and brought everything to a higher level. Strength, design, quality of materials, the powder coat. All top notch. Parts of the trailer that I had trouble sussing out, Robert jumped in and solved it, in particular, the 4’x8′ slide out rack Robert came up with a design I’ve never seen before, using 300lb rated drawer slides. He also killed it with the stand corral, I’m still impressed at the welding and design in that area.
Robert promised a 5 week build which he delivered along with the best grip trailer I’ve ever been on.
About a year later we decided to do some custom carts for the trailer. Set carts, 2×3 flag box, dolly parts cart, Apple box / dolly track cart, frame / butterfly / frame rail hardware cart, c stand cart & a mombo combo cart. Every single one of them custom
and every one came out great.
Not to sound like a cornball, but, after all was said & done I consider the guys from studio carts friends now, which is a great way to round out a pretty big business deal.
Thank You !
Dave Stern Owner of KCG
I have known Robert before I started my photography equipment rental company Black Solid, Inc. more than a decade ago. I have been really impressed with the knowledge and the help he has provided me all these years. The carts I have bought from Studio Carts are built to last and they were custom built. Because of the great cart building skills I decided to let Studio Carts build the custom racks in our Sprinter vans. I did spend a lot of time discussing and modifying the racks. With the expertise of Robert and his crew the racks turned out great. Everyone who has used our Sprinters are amazed and compliment us on how well the racks are built and anyone can find anything at one glance. I have even received calls from out of state clients complimenting about the way the racks are built and they want to know where the racks were build. I always tell them if you want the best custom built racks and carts call Studio Carts.
I have been vary happy with the carts and racks built by Studio Carts. I have not had any issues so far. Their quality is the best!!!
Black Solid, Inc.
My name is James Abke and I am a Digital Tech in the stills world. Having worked on both stills and commercial sets, I am always looking for ways to streamline my own setup and look forward to seeing how other guys are tricking out their carts & vehicles.
Robert welcomed me in right away even though I had a very small project at hand. We worked together on a solution and he came back to me with a solution that took things to a whole new level. That project turned into another one, then another. I have made many a trip to see Robert and he always makes time for me and is constantly putting thought into making anything we work on better.
The workmanship is top rate and the price for their work is beyond fair, especially when custom fabrication consumes so much time and energy.
Robert and his crew are my absolute first choice for any custom cart or vehicle fabrication. It’s nice to know there are still guys around who put so much positive energy into their work. I’m a happy customer for sure…
en route media inc.
My name is Fabian Muga. I’m a Gaffer with over 20 years of experience in the Print, Film & Television Industry. I’m also the sole owner of FM Grip & Lighting, Inc. From experience, I know that having the right equipment is a Top priority.When it was time to purchase a new Head Cart, I knew who to call: Pedro at Studio Carts. I’m extremely impressed with the design and durability of the cart. It’s built tough and very well balanced. It can fit through any standard doorway but still big enough to carry my M90s. Whether I’m working on top of a mountain or on a location in Downtown LA, I can rely on this cart to carry the load. I look forward to purchasing all of my future carts at Studio Carts!
“I have to say when I first started wrapping my head around buying new carts for the shop and for our grip trucks I thought that it would be a breeze. Boy was I wrong – dead wrong. There are a handful of manufacturers out there that produce set carts for a multitude of departments and each one touts themselves as being numero uno, that is simply not the case. The clear choice is Alden, Robert & Pedro at Studio Carts. Their Service is second to none & their ability and willingness to adapt to our specific needs is mirrored by no one else, moreover their craftsmanship is reasonably priced. They take care of us and have our inventory on warranty – it only makes sense to choose Studio Carts. Not to mention that they are perfectly located in Sun Valley & right off of the 5 Freeway if Alden can’t swing the delivery. We have more shopping to do – we are far from over & it’s also about that time for them to rack and shelf out a grip truck or two for us…..”
Owner of Luka Grip & Lighting
This cart is a dream!
Custom colored for me and delivered as promised and on time. The quality is top notch all the way. High quality welds, smooth finish work and great quality control make this one on the finest carts I’ve purchased for my 48′ Electrical Production Trailer.
After purchasing “Inferior carts” for years, the thought, design, quality and customer service is second to none. Robert at Studio Carts has earned all my business from now on!
Here at Bluff Entertainment Lighting we are proud to supply our clients with STUDIO CARTS. The build quality and size make for a great strong and versatile on set asset that can be used for many different needs. The wheels you put under your equipment are important and failure isn’t an option. Studio Carts uses the best quality tires and foam to keep your cart rolling, and you can count on the brakes holding when you need them. We have used carts from many different manufactures and found that STUDIO CARTS have created the most well thought out cart on the market. From their inventory of stock carts that have been updated with todays needs to fully custom created carts you can count on having the best cart that will last your career. Service is second to none, we have called after lunch time to buy carts leaving the next morning for a show and have been able to have the order filled that day. Our First call is always to Studio Carts and with the relationship we have built over the years keeps us coming back for all our cart and Rack needs. We can’t say enough great things about this company and you will feel the same when you work with Robert, Pedro, and Alden. Second to none the best experience you will have when working out your cart/rack needs for your needs. Have an idea for your own carts? Just bring in your ideas and let them come up with an idea that works for you. Great minds think alike and these ideas when mixed together can create new idea or platforms that we haven’t thought about yet. Studio Carts has the experience to create those new ideas.
Dwight Andrew Galbraith
Bluff Entertainment Lighting
Div. Pirate Cove Enterprises Inc.
“As a key grip, my job depends on gear that won’t let me down. At Studio Carts, I always know that I am purchasing top notch equipment that can take a beating. Studio Carts is always happy and willing to fabricate product customized to my needs. The guys at Studio Carts always back up their work and make a professional and beautiful product that withstands the elements and the rigors of the industry. That’s why I will continue to depend and rely on Studio Carts for all my industry needs.”
Stu Brumbaugh – Key Grip
When it was time to rack up my Van, I was dumbfounded by the few companies that actually do this kind of work. When I found out the guys at Studiocarts also racked up vans, I took notice and glad that I did. At the end of the job, I was at awe with the final product, the craftsmanship, detail and perfection. Keep in mind that this whole project was just a visual image in my brain; so how do I bring it to life ? Well knowing that I am hard head to work with, I was impressed with the patience and guidance I got from Robert; mapped out the type of equipment I wanted to carry on my van and to somehow utilize every square inch at our disposal. These guys were incredible, yeah it was an expensive undertaking but well worth it.
Luis Ramos (dba) Astrolux
We have an assortment of Studiocart Products at our stage. My crews and I agree that our tasks have been made easier. When space and mobility are a factor, carts that function are true logistical collaborators. Reducing set up time and breakdown time, make these carts a true asset to our operations.
Kara Wethington Director of Operations Stage This LA and This Warehouse LA
Studio Carts have the best carts in the business. Robert, Alden, and Pedro are true engineers who have years of field experience in grip and studio lighting. That experience shows in the craftsmanship and design of their carts. We at Electro Lighting have had carts custom made and designed by the guys at Studio Carts and they are second to none in design and quality. I came to them with an idea for a cart for some specialty items and they ran with it. The finished product is great and we use them every day in the craziest locations you can imagine. Studio Carts are the best!
-Steve Francis ElectroLighting.com
As we finished construction of our Glendale soundstage, we knew that we wanted the best carts in the business to carry our gear. Studiocarts was at the top of the list, and after stopping in and talking to Alden at length, we knew that we had arrived at the right place. The team at Studiocarts have an impressive working knowledge of the industry’s gear, their craftsmanship is second to none, and their customer service is amazing.
Studio Carts turned my order around super quick and did an awesome job putting my carts together. They even gave me a loaner cart for the jobs I had while my carts were being put together. Incredible customer service and superior build quality. Nobody does it better than the guys at studio carts.
Illuminated Productions LLC
Robert & his team are creative, dedicated expert at their craft and their carts are a creative works of art. Not only were they willing to work within our budget and timeline, but they were able create our ideas for the grip van into reality. They took their valuable time to listen to our needs to make sure they got the job right. We now have a one-of-a-kind MZB Sprinter 4x4 Grip Van with a mobile & fully functional cart/storage system that will meet our customers’ production needs here on the Big Island. If you are looking to move your small media production business to the next level or an established company looking for innovative carts & storage systems, then look no further than Robert & his team at Studio Carts.
If there were a "Hot Rod Show" for Grip Trucks, we would definitely win!
Mahalo to Robert and his entire team!
Big Island, Hawaii
I cannot express enough how happy I have been with Studio Carts’ work for me over the years. Robert has gone above and beyond each time I come to him with a new idea - from taking the time to truly listen to what I want and improving upon my simple ideas, to executing solid craftsmanship in a timely manner. It started with my first sound cart I purchased from Studio Carts - something he had designed and was readily available in the shop. But upon my request, he made several custom upgrades, and from that point, I knew I’d come back to Robert when it came time for me to design my own version of a sound cart. And when I finally outgrew that first cart, Robert took my crude drawing and hard-to-articulate ideas and truly created a spectacular workhorse of a cart. My carts have withstood the rigors of working in various locations all over Los Angeles, in all types of terrain and weather. I have gotten countless compliments from all manner of crew members - what can I say, Robert’s work stands out and even non-sound people appreciate a well-made cart! I would recommend Robert and Studio Carts in a heartbeat and I hope he knows he has my loyal business for as long as I work in this industry.
Studio Carts continues to produce well-made, tough and versatile carts that fit all our production needs. Their versatility and quality are unmatched. The many carts I have purchased at LMU School of Film and TV are used and abused by our student filmmakers daily and have never failed us. I will continue to purchase from Studio Carts and highly recommend them to everyone.
Studio Operations Manager
Loyola Marymount University-School of Film and TV
-29 year member Set Lighting local 728-
What can I say, Studiocarts is way ahead of there game. These guys are are the real thing, having extensive knowledge and background in the Grip & Lighting world, gives you a sense of comfort when utilizing their Carts. They've also provided me with excellent support and service (even when the carts are from other manufacturers), did I mention "Life Time Warranty" talk about backing up your product! Studiocarts, they do business the way it supposed to be:
"They earn it".
Gaffer & Owner of Nova Lighting
The first couple of trucks we built we made our own carts, because we were not happy with what were currently available on the market. We found out it is a very time consuming, exacting process. After seeing Studio Carts on set and meeting with them we decided that they would be a great fit for us. Studio Carts has way better design than some of the other carts in the industry and are made very well! We have decided on the next truck that we built, we will just have Studio Carts build the carts for it, since they do a great job and can do it quicker than we can!
Studio Carts is simply the standard in carts for the Motion Picture Industry. I'm a IATSE 728 Set Lighting Technician and Commercial Gaffer with years of experience. I'm building a Grip and Lighting service supporting branded content media and commercial production in Los Angeles. I recently had a Brand New Mercedes Sprinter Van completely customized with precision accuracy. There isn't enough space here to list the many compliments I receive on the quality of this work. The time and detail Robert puts into the thought and design of all the carts and the custom build outs, is second to none. At studio carts, both Robert and Alden are providing the kind of genuine service and support, that's nearly impossible to find.
Light It Up, Inc.
Carts continue to evolve at a rapid rate, and here at Camadeus Film Tech we take pride in thoroughly evaluating every cart that we might purchase, not only do we compare it to their predecessors, but to their current competition. Whether it’s our first purchase or our tenth, Studio Carts provided us with all of the information needed to make a sound decision every time.
Some outfits belong in the toy shop or in your personal garage, but not "Studio Carts" They're made to the exacting Industry standards. So you know they are made to be used on set in a serious matter, not just played about with.
Key Grip & Owner of G-Force Grips
The team of Robert, Pedro, and Alden at Studio Carts stand out as the best in the business. We started by getting a few carts from them and that lead us to having them do an interior build out for our new Sprinter van. Their knowledge, experience, and willingness to work with their clients far surpasses any one else doing this kind of work.
Truly one of the best experiences we have ever had with a contractor. First of all, they really took the time to listen to our ideas. Their years of experience shined as they were able to take our ideas and suggest a lot of ways to improve the design. Their craftsmanship is top notch. Their entire team worked diligently to make sure everything about our build out met our expectations. In the end, everything turned out even better then we could have ever imagined.
I've been in this industry for over 40 years and STUDIO CARTS have always been the leaders in service, manufacturing , and customer care. Expertise and experience are amazing assets that this highly qualified team owns.
( as well as some great stories ) I say go in person and meet the staff ! You will not be disappointed and will leave HAPPY !
Moon-Lighting Services Inc.
We were referred to Studio Carts by a good friend and mentor. We had been purchasing carts from another company but after our first order with Studio Carts we were hooked. The quality and durability of these carts is unmatched. When you're a rental house, having gear that will put up with the constant use and abuse of film crews, this is a must have. When we needed some custom work done, they didn't disappoint. We will be customers for life.
Gaffer & Owner of UFP Rentals in Utah
"With 90% of our shoots in rough desert terrain across the Southwestern US we were looking for carts that could withstand the environment, but look sharp and slick enough that we can roll them onto the studio floor for productions the very next day. We found that with every cart we’ve purchased from Studio Carts. Alden has provided fantastic customer service and because of our experience we will be systematically changing all 8 of our trucks to Studio Carts. You absolutely can’t go wrong. Amazing build, durable, beautiful finish, you can’t ask for anything else."
Justin Kreinbrink, Monsoon Production Services
Studiocarts has the look and design that made its equipment first in the Motion Picture Industry. No wonder everyone tries to copy them. But so many big names are no longer the outfits they were; and the new comers just simply don't know how. The guys at Studiocarts are at the top of their game, they know the equipment, they have the "know-how" and best of all they guarantee there products.
My name is Doug Huete. I’ve been a member of IATSE Local 728 lighting Union for over 25 years, and been doing business with Alden, Robert & Pedro from Concept Lighting/Studio Carts for 20 of those years.
I have always counted on these men and their company for all my lighting needs.
From lighting equipment rentals, lighting equipment purchases, and lighting equipment repairs, to making custom studio carts to accommodate the housing and transportation of all my lighting inventory, they’ve always come through for me.
I will always depend on Concept Lighting/Studio Carts for all my studio needs and I recommend anyone in our business with the vision to succeed to do the same.
Doug I Huete
Power Plant Lighting and Grip
IATSE local 728