Keslow Camera Announces Acquisition of Clairmont Camera

 

Keslow Camera Announces Acquisition of Clairmont Camera

Move Expands Company’s Footprint into Canada as Denny Clairmont Retires

CULVER CITY, CA (July 17, 2017) – Keslow Camera, the largest privately held motion picture camera equipment rental house in North America, announced today that it is acquiring Clairmont Camera and its Vancouver and Toronto operations. The move will more than quadruple Keslow Camera’s anamorphic and vintage lens inventory, and add a substantial range of custom camera equipment to the company’s extensive portfolio. Simultaneously, Clairmont founder Denny Clairmont, one of the industry’s most respected talents in front and behind the camera, announced his retirement. The acquisition is expected to be complete on or before August 4.

Company Founder and CEO Robert Keslow said, “This acquisition perfectly aligns with Keslow Camera’s mission – to never stop growing, never stop learning, and never stop improving. The expansion into the two busiest Canadian markets delivers on our clients’ ongoing requests for us to service them in more areas of the world.”

Keslow Camera will retain the talented support staff and experienced team of Clairmont’s Vancouver and Toronto facilities, who have been offering professional digital and film cameras, lenses and accessories to the filmmaking community in the region since the 1980s. All operations within California will eventually be consolidated to Keslow Camera’s headquarters in Culver City.

Clairmont notes that this deal also serves as his endorsement. “Clairmont Camera is my life’s work and I never stopped searching for innovative ways to serve our clients. I have long respected Robert Keslow and the team at Keslow Camera for their integrity, quality of management, best-in-class customer service, and successful performance. I am confident they are the right company to honor my heritage and founding vision going forward,” says Clairmont.

Denny Clairmont, along with his brother, Terry, established one of the world’s most prestigious movie equipment and camera rental companies in 1976. In 2011, Clairmont received the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), awarded by the Academy Board of Governors upon the recommendation of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.  The Medal honors outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy. Clairmont and Ken Robings won a Technical Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) for the lens perspective system, and Clairmont has won two Emmys from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his role in the development of special lens systems. These innovative solutions will immediately be available to Keslow Camera customers.

“We are honored to have earned Denny Clairmont’s trust, and recognize the work and innovation that he and his great team have brought to the industry over the past 70 years,” added Keslow’s Chief Operating Officer Dennis McDonald. “To be able to offer our personalized level of service in more locations, with a wider range of technology to serve the needs of the creative community, we’re poised to elevate the Keslow experience for current and new customers.”

For more information, visit www.keslowcamera.com.

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About Keslow Camera

Since 1990, Keslow Camera has been providing camera equipment for motion picture, television and commercial productions throughout North America and around the globe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company also operates from locations in Chicago, Santa Fe, Atlanta and now Toronto and Vancouver. Keslow Camera has earned a reputation among the industry’s creative community for uncompromising service and innovative problem solving on projects of any size. The company’s tireless support of the art and craft of cinematography has resulted in many long-standing relationships with the world’s most talented filmmakers.

For more information, visit www.keslowcamera.com, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@keslowcamera).

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In Memoriam: Milton L. Keslow, 1935 – 2015

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Photos from top left to right: 1) Milton Keslow on the set of “Eyes of Laura Mars.” 2) Milton Keslow (left) and Richard DiBona at the Panavision equipment show in NYC, with the soon to be released Panacam Reflex camera. 3) Milton Keslow (left) and Laszlo Kovacs on the set of “Paradise Alley.” 4) Milton Keslow (right) with Sylvester Stallone on the set of “Paradise Alley.” 5) Milton Keslow (left) with Mary Tyler Moore and Anthony Perkins on the set of “First, You Cry.”

 

Milton L. Keslow, Co-Founder of General Camera, Founder of Keslow Television, Dies at 80.

Milton L. Keslow, co-founder of General Camera, a leading supplier of motion picture equipment for over 30 years, died on 12/29/2015. He was 80 years old.

Mr. Keslow (ASC) started General Camera in 1962 with Richard DiBona (ASC). The two met while working at Camera Equipment Co. (known as CECO) in Manhattan. Shortly after CECO was sold by it’s founders, Mr. Keslow and Mr. DiBona took the leap of faith together to open their own business, in the hopes of supplying motion picture cameras to the New York production market.  General Camera’s first office was at the corner of 7th Avenue and 48th Street, above the legendary Cafe Metropole. Over the next 20 years they moved and expanded their operation four times, once as a result of eminent domain and the construction of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Their big break came when the two men made “a handshake deal” with then Panavison co-founder, Robert Gottschalk, to be the sole suppliers of their cameras and lenses on the east coast. Panavision equipment was, and still is the gold standard among filmmakers for its cutting edge optics and other innovations. General Camera supplied cameras, lighting, grip stages, and Chapman dollies and cranes for many of the greatest movies of all time, including The Godfather (1972), Jaws (1975), Taxi Driver (1976), The French Connection (1971), Annie Hall (1977), and Tootsie (1982). General Camera was eventually bought by Panavision, under the leadership of CEO Ron Perleman in 1994.

In addition to being a distinguished equipment company, General Camera was also known as a company where many great cinematographers and cameramen got their start. Cinematographer Craig DiBona (ASC), Richard DiBona’s son, began his career at General Camera and witnessed the company’s ascendance first hand. “Milton Keslow had a keen sense of business,” Craig DiBona recalls. “He had a great feeling that as a team anything was possible, and as it turned out it was. The industry will miss one of the greats of his generation.”

Mr. Keslow went on to found two additional New York City based companies: Imaging Video Incorporated, which he co-owned with Mr. DiBona and later, Keslow Television, which he ran along with his sons Marc Keslow and Seth Keslow until his retirement in 2005. Both companies supplied broadcast video equipment for the television production industry. Mr. Keslow also helped launch Los Angeles based Keslow Camera. Keslow Camera is a leading supplier of motion picture equipment rentals, owned by Mr. Keslow’s son Robert Keslow, with six offices across the country.

Mr. Keslow’s introduction to the camera equipment industry came while based in Fort Dix, New Jersey during his service in the Korean War where he worked as a movie projectionist.

The son of Russian and Polish immigrants Abraham and Rose Keslowitz, Mr. Keslow was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York on June 26, 1935. He graduated from James Madison High School in 1954.  Although never a serious student, he was described by all who knew him as a hard worker, a go-getter and a someone with the gift for negotiating and closing a deal.

In life, Mr. Keslow enjoyed horse racing, and was the owner of dozens of trotters that raced throughout the tri-state area.  His love of sports and socializing led him to organize trips to almost every one of the first 25 Super Bowls with his family and friends. For those that knew him, Mr. Keslow was a larger than life person. In his own words, he considered himself, “a lucky man.”

Mr. Keslow was predeceased by his sister, Sandy (Keslow) Miller in 2013. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandra Keslow, his three sons, daughters Hara, Lori and Allison, his sister Eileen, 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and a large extended family.
Milton Keslow, ASC (June 26, 1935 – December 29, 2015)

Get Up Close with Keslow Camera’s Custom Ultraviolet LED Lens Light

Keslow Camera’s R&D experts have enhanced the storytelling experience with a custom lens light that utilizes LED White and Ultraviolet (UV) lights.

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“Each of our lenses’ focus marks are covered with UV cured coatings, allowing cinematographers to see lenses anywhere from a dark sound stage to a night shot,” says Mike Kramer, Keslow Camera’s R&D manager. “We’ve also replaced the standard white incandescent light with LED lights to ensure maximum brightness and luminosity.”

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The innovative fixture also includes an additional accessory power port, allowing camera assistants to see their focus marks in dark situations without sacrificing an R/S port.

Key features of Keslow Camera’s customized Lens Light:

  • – LED White and LED UV Light.
  • – 3/8” -16 thumbscrew
  • – 12V/24V capable power via coiled cable with 3-pin Fischer plug.
  • – 3-pin Fischer R/S Port – this additional port is situated at the base of the lens light.
  • – Variable Potentiometer knob for LED luminance.
  • – 12” gooseneck

 

For more information, please call 310-636-4600 or email info@keslowcamera.com.

Keslow Camera Teams Up with Tilta Technology Co. to Deliver a Highly Customizable Rig Innovated for the ARRI ALEXA Mini

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Keslow Camera proudly introduces the Tilta™ Cage, a custom-made accessory designed for the ARRI ALEXA Mini. Together with expert manufacturer, Tilta™, Keslow Camera has engineered a lightweight cage to support filmmakers in every aspect of shooting.

The Tilta™ cage is available in a variety of set-ups, and can be configured as a lightweight cage that works with hand-held shoulder rigs, gimbal systems, or in a traditional Studio setup.

“Throughout the research and development process, our goal was to understand and act on the needs of our clients,” said Michael Kramer, R&D Manager for Keslow Camera. “From start to finish, we collaborated with a variety of cinematographers and camera assistants, with the results delivering the most highly-configurable system.”

Learn more about the Tilta™ cage and why it’s the most essential rig for ARRI ALEXA Mini:

1) Extremely lightweight like competitors, but offers far more functionality. Without the intelligent battery pack, the Tilta™ cage is 2 pounds lighter when compared to competing options.

2) Battery Plate:
• 4x 12V accessory power ports
  • 2x R/S 3-Pin Fischer
  • 2x 2-Pin LEMO
• Adjustable front-to-back and side-to-side for weight distribution
• Built-in adjustable speed Fan to assist in drawing out heat from camera
• Built-in HD-SDI Distribution Amp
• Ready to accept Gold-Mount or V-Mount battery plates

3) Integrated electronics / internal wiring allows for powering accessories from modular J-Boxes.
• Up to 10x 12V accessory power output ports
• Battery Plate – 2x 3-pin Fischer R/S & 2x 2-pin Lemo
• Top Plate J-Box – 2x 3-pin Fischer & 1x 2-pin Lemo
• Handle J-Box – 2x 3-pin Fischer & 1x 2-pin Lemo

4) Can be utilized with both on-board and/or block batteries which allows for hot swapping.

5) Quick release dovetail for easy transitioning from studio to handheld.

For more information, please call 310-636-4600 or email info@keslowcamera.com.

Industry Veterans, Bill Hale and Jim Summers, join Keslow Camera’s Marketing Team

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Keslow Camera is pleased to announce the addition of well-known industry veterans Bill Hale and Jim Summers to its offices in Los Angeles and Chicago respectively. Both join as Marketing Agents at the helm of client support to ensure filmmakers receive professional service and solutions for all their production needs.

“Together, Bill and Jim bring nearly fourty years of experience in the film equipment industry to the company,” said Robert Keslow, CEO of Keslow Camera. “Their leadership skills and invaluable perspective further equip our organization to expand its capabilities.”

Prior to his role at Keslow Camera, Bill Hale joined Clairmont Camera where he served as a Rental Agent for close to a decade. Previously he served the needs of cinematographers and production companies at Rocky Mountain Motion Pictures as a General Manager. Hale also gained extensive experience as a Rental Manager for Technological Cinevideo Services (TCS) where he supported notable projects. Hale earned a B.A. in film from Brooklyn College, and attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts’s graduate film program.

Prior to joining Keslow Camera, Jim Summers’ thirteen-year career in the rental department at Fletcher Camera/CINEVERSE allowed him to assist a myriad of clients in creating their vision. Summers professional experience also includes two years in the sales department at Panavision’s Chicago office. Summers is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where he received a B.F.A. in photography, summa cum laude.

Please join us in welcoming Bill Hale (left) and Jim Summers (right) to Keslow Camera.

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Manhattan Season Two Trailer

Along with Manh(A)ttan’s season two storyline based around the Trinity Test, this year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bomb set off in Los Alamos, New Mexico. 

We’re honored to support DP Richard Rutkowski and his crew as they captured this (Manhattan) project, thought to have been brighter than a thousand suns. 

Catch the just released season two trailer:  

Introducing New Gear e-Newsletter

To make the most of your Keslow Camera experience, we’d like to keep you updated on the latest news and camera gear available. Each quarter, we’ll shine a spotlight on inventory we carry to keep you inspired throughout production.

Check out the full specs of our ever-growing Vintage and Anamorphic Lens collection:

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Keslow Camera Brings World-Class Service and Support to Atlanta

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Keslow Camera Brings World-Class Service and Support to

Atlanta’s Film & Television Community

Los Angeles, Calif., (June 30, 2015) –

Keslow Camera, a leading camera equipment provider for motion picture, television and commercial productions worldwide, today announces its expanded operations to the Midtown Atlanta area. To provide more opportunities for those doing production, Keslow Camera recognized the need to support existing and future clients with a full-service facility offering cutting edge resources and unparalleled customer service.

“Keslow Camera was, from the start, built to make our customers’ needs our number one priority,” said Company Founder and CEO Robert Keslow. “With this expansion to Atlanta, we’re bringing the same high level service our clients have grown accustomed to.”

Keslow Camera’s Atlanta workplace has been designed together with architects from Abramson Teiger Architects, the same creative team that planned the company’s innovative Los Angeles headquarters. The 8,200 square-foot facility, housing skilled technicians from Atlanta’s strong talent pool, will provide various prep bays including a private test room, and a fully equipped service department.

Upon careful selection, the Midtown area location was largely chosen for its many amenities and a convenient twenty-minute proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Keslow Camera also operates from offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New Mexico, Miami and New Orleans.

For more information about the Atlanta location, please visit www.keslowcamera.com. For rental inquiries, please call (310) 636-4600 or email info@keslowcamera.com.

About Keslow Camera:

Since 1990, Keslow Camera has been providing camera equipment for motion picture, television and commercial productions throughout North America and around the globe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, the company also operates from hubs located in Chicago, New Mexico, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Miami. Keslow Camera has earned a reputation among the industry’s creative community for uncompromising service and innovative problem solving on projects of any size. The company’s tireless support of the art and craft of cinematography has resulted in many long-lasting relationships with the world’s most talented filmmakers. More information can be found at http://www.keslowcamera.com.

Welcome to Tomorrowland

Anticipation has been building for what has been a tightly kept secret in Hollywood.  What is Tomorrowland?  The recently released full-length trailer has sucked us all in to a strange world that we are all eager to learn more about.  In exactly one week we will find out with the premiere of Tomorrowland on May 22.

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland.  George Clooney, Britt Robertson, and Hugh Laurie star in this epic tale.

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Another reason to see this cinematic tale is for the beautiful visuals captured by Academy Award winner Claudio Miranda, ASC.  Miranda used the Sony F65 and F55 cameras with a variety of lenses: Zeiss, Arri, Angenieux, and Fujinon.  1st AC Dan Ming and DIT Alex Carr worked closely with Miranda to help create his vision for this Brad Bird directed film.

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Miranda was an early adopter of the Sony Cine Alta F65 and F55 cameras and has been instrumental in providing feedback for our custom power plates and bracketry created by our head of R&D Michael Kramer exclusively for these cameras.  We’ve added more power integration and with the F55 have also created a more robust camera by encasing the body in metal cheese plates, which you can read more about here.

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Just one more week of waiting at the edge or our seat and we’ll finally get to see what Tomorrowland is all about!