45 Years of Cinelease
Cinelease has served the Film and Television Industry since 1977. The company was established 45 years ago as a mom-and-pop operation that quickly expanded into an international company with multiple locations and is now owned by a Fortune 1000 company, Herc Rentals.
Cinelease provides the highest level of service, best quality of lighting and grip packages, and relentless support to their customers. Their rich history is due in part to an incredible team and leadership including Joe Ball, who has been instrumental in the Cinelease legacy.
History of Cinelease
From our inception, we’ve prided ourselves on the knowledge, commitment, and service of all our team members. The average Cinelease employee has a decade of experience with the company so you’re sure to be dealing with not only highly trained professionals, but experts in their fields.
We continue to show up for our community through our ongoing presence in industry events including film festivals, live events, Professional Associations, and awarding production grants to up and coming filmmakers around the world.
Director of Photography
Balls of Fury, 2006
“Thanks so much for getting our equipment delivered in time for the first shoot this morning. We had to fly one of our actors out right after lunch so every minute needed to be used to maximum benefit. Your efficiency and commitment to this production are greatly appreciated!”
Unit Production Manager & Michelle Axelrod,
Freaks and Geeks, 1999
“Just a quick note of thanks for all you and your team have done for us on this show. You continually treat your customers like you really value and respect your relationship with them. In the “actions speak louder than words” category, you are leaders in making our industry the kind of place we all want to work…Thanks for all the support!”
Office Space, 1998
“I want to thank you for all your help during our production. Your support was invaluable and I appreciate your knowledge and cooperation. It is always a pleasure working with you and I look forward to doing business with you in the future. Thanks again for a job well done.”
“For the past 10 years, my first choice rental house for motion picture grip and electric equipment has been Cinelease, Inc. Most recently, Cinelease has been the sole equipment provider on the features Boogie Nights, Scream 2, Hard Eight, Nightwatch, Imposter, and now in production, Magnolia. I keep going back to Cinelease because they continue to provide the finest quality equipment at a reasonable cost…Their delivery is prompt and the staff is efficient, organized, and always willing to meet the demands of any production schedule. Cinelease is especially adept at handling last minute requests and other production emergencies.
In short, when I first begin a film, one of my first calls is to Joe Ball at Cinelease. I would recommend them to supply gear for any show, whether the production is big or small.”
Gary M. Strangis
The Practice, 1999
“It is with great joy that we received the Golden Globe last weekend for The Practice. Without the support of Cinelease, this recognition would have not been possible. Thanks for being part of the team.”
At Cinelease, we pride ourselves on being exemplary in providing the highest level of service, best quality of products, and exceptional support to our customers. Our number one priority is ensuring that each and every customer has the best possible experience with our expert team.
After more than 40 years of servicing thousands of feature films, television productions, commercials, music videos, and pilots, we’ve earned our place as the choice for the top independent studios across the country.
Cinelease possesses the largest lighting rental inventory in the U.S. Our expansive inventory houses all the manufactured brands in tandem with a large selection of specialty items. Our inventory reflects the preferred choice of the experienced working professional.
Each customer is guaranteed both the highest quantity and quality of equipment inventory in the market. With our top-of-the-line unlimited stock, our customers will be given the most for their budgets.
Products & Support
We continue to update and expand our stock and services to reflect the ever-growing demands of the lighting and grip industry.
The Electric department processes all rental orders involving HMI, tungsten, cable and distribution, dimming, LED, andKino Flo fluorescent lighting. Each rental order is delegated by an experienced foreman to a Cinelease warehouse leader.
The Grip department processes all rental orders involving grip equipment, including grip stands, overheads and flags, parallels, frames, grip carts, ladders, scaffolding, pipe, iron, wood, and cloth inventory.
Throughout the past 40 years, we’ve expanded across the country so no matter where you’re filming, Cinelease is never far. On set or on location, we’re available to meet your needs.
Our Future is Bright
Cinelease has been able to grow from a small family owned business to being the industry leading provider of lighting and grip services. Together with Herc Entertainment Services, Cinelease continues to offer unmatched customer service to the film and entertainment industry across the US and Canada.