Who are we?
Cinegearstore was started as a division of CO-OP Grip and Lighting, a rental company based in Los Angeles, California. A group of best boys got together one day and realized there was no single place for all the equipment and expendables needed to do their jobs. Cinegearstore.com was formed shortly after that initial meeting and partnered with CO-OP to bring only the best equipment to our customers.
What will you find here?
Cinegearstore is the only place on the web or anywhere for that matter where someone can build a package for any department from start to finish. No other store in the world can build an entire truck for you from one place. It is our pledge to you that you will find only top quality products that are used everyday in the sound stages of Hollywood, Burbank, New York, Albequerque, Sydney, Prague, Mumbai, and every other soundstage in the world.
How can we do what we do?
While working as best boys, our team learned how important it is to know where to get every piece of equipment needed to do our jobs. With dozens of different manufacturers, specialty tools, and vendors, it made our jobs very difficult. What we do at cinegearstore is simplify the process greatly. With years of experience comes personal relationships with dozens of the vendors and manufacturers of products we use for every job. We have worked tirelessly to bring all of those contacts together in one place that has gathered the best of the best in the industry.
What makes us different from the competition?
Let us first start by saying how impressed we are with our competition. They have built huge stores, secured exclusive contracts, and made killer deals all over Hollywood, all without having a team of working professionals that actually use the equipment they are selling every day. That is very commendable.
What we offer is experience! Flat out. We didn’t learn what we know from books or by just repeating what someone told us, we have all worked in the trenches on the sets of feature films, television shows, commercials, music videos, and everything in between.
We know what it’s like to need something yesterday. We will light a fire under our ass to get it done. We have worked 23 hour work days. We know the pressure, the stress and the aches and pains you are going through. We are also working members of the locals. We will be there to support you, guide you , and in some instances teach you about the gear you are about to buy.
Working professionals are here to answer your questions. Obviously no one person can know everything about a given department, so we encourage department Keys to share their expertise and to keep us up to date on any new practices.
What is this CO-OP thing we’ve been hearing about?
CO-OP Grip & Lighting was founded in November of 2007 after a group of Local 80 and Local 728 technicians finished work on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. These founding members of the CO-OP wanted to create a company that people could count on for quality equipment at a price they could afford. From the start, the CO-OP has been purchasing brand new top quality gear and trucks to better serve the Los Angeles film community. They rent high quality lighting and grip equipment to film, television, and commercial production companies at a lowest possible price.
The CO-OP consists of members from Local 80 Grips and Local 728 Electricians. Collectively, they have worked on hundreds of feature films between them and are in the top tier of technicians in Los Angeles.
Look for their logo around Los Angeles and soon, the rest of the United States.