Equipment Catalog

Matthews Century Stand “C-Stand” with Gobo Arm

The Matthews Century Stand — commonly referred to as a “C-Stand” — is an all-purpose heavy-duty stand used for positioning lighting instruments and light-control hardware, via a 5/8″ Baby Peg stud, in accordance with the industry standard. Production Students may add these stands to their equipment loan in an on-demand basis, no reservation necessary, and no access restrictions based on course-level.

While most of the F&DM Department’s lighting kits include stands (the Arri 1K kits being the exceptions), C-Stands are considerably larger and have greater range of elevation available than the more compact portable field stands included in lighting kits. In this respect, C-Stands are useful for situations that demand extreme elevation of lighting instruments.

Please note, however, that C-Stands must always be fully sandbagged to securely anchor the base of the stand. Failing to sufficiently sandbag the C-Stand is extremely unsafe, and can result in severe injury to people or property, were a fully extended C-Stand to fall over with a hot lighting instrument attached.

Some C-Stands also come with an optional Gobo Arm that mounts in place of a lighting instrument. The Gobo Arm can be used to boom out a framed flag or silk, via a special positional mounting adaptor — or to boom out a lighting instrument when used in conjunction with a clamp (such as the “Gator” Clamp or Tota-Clamp). However, in the latter instance, booming medium- to heavier-weight lighting instruments is strongly discouraged, for safety reasons. For booming heavier instruments, the dedicated-purpose Matthews Mini-Max should be used instead.

Please also note that collapsible pop-up or flexi flags, silks and reflectors are not compatible with the Gobo Arm. Instead, these light-control items must use the Westcott Reflector Stand — which are also available upon demand.

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Access, Instruction, and Support

The Matthews Century Stand “C-Stand” with Gobo Arm is provided for F&DM production students upon enrollment in one of the F&DM Department's production courses.

Access to the Matthews Century Stand “C-Stand” with Gobo Arm, like all of the department's A/V production equipment, is mediated through the Equipment Checkout Lab in accordance with course allocation assignments, and granted on an individual basis upon meeting specific criteria.

Any and all problems experienced with the Matthews Century Stand “C-Stand” with Gobo Arm should be reported to the Equipment Checkout Lab Specialist immediately; do not wait until returning the equipment to notify the Lab Specialist or Lab staff (See: Statement of Policies).