Matt Sweeney Special Effects Inc.

Special Effects Rigging Equipment
Sheaves, Quick Releases, glass poppers
Bullet hit shields, Various Capsule Launchers
Specialized equipment of the highest quality

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At Matt Sweeney Special Effects,
we're always thinking up something new!

Check out our Used and New Useful Equipment section for used special effects equipment and various useful items.


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Special Effects rigging equipment for the entertainment industry, and corporate and government entities. At Matt Sweeney Special Effects Inc., we manufacture and sell equipment of the finest quality. Our sheave blocks, snatch blocks, pulleys, quick releases (trips or quick release hooks) are widely used by motion picture and television special effects people, stunt performers, theatrical, circus, and stunt riggers, theme parks, amusement parks, and magicians worldwide. Corporate and Government testing drop and impact tests. We also make glass breakers, trunnion guns, trunnion gun molds, blood capsule guns and select fire bullet effect capsule guns (also known as the Sweeney Gun). In addition, we sell reusable cable cutters (by Movieworks), black stainless steel shackles, Sorbothane, black ball bearings, ground glass balls and many other items of usefulness. We also make Visual Effects Three Camera Array Mounts, which enable the use of three cameras to create tiled array plates used in compositing action sequences. We have some rental equipment left, and are selling it off in order to concentrate on our manufacturing. We still have parallelogram flying rigs with a comprehensive assortment of attachments and flying track setups. We have earthquake shakers, air bearings, hydraulic stuff, variacs, elevator panels, miles of cable, a lot of equipment accumulated from a long career in motion picture special effects. We are happy to sell that rental stuff, given the right offer.

We (Matt Sweeney and Lucinda Strub) started Matt Sweeney Special Effects, Inc. in 1984 to build bullet hit effect capsule guns, and received an Academy Technical Achievement Award for those capsule guns in 1987. Since then, we have expanded our product line and are always striving for excellence. Our equipment is of the highest quality; it is user friendly, lightweight, durable and attractive. We fabricate our equipment on CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinery to assure accuracy, strength and consistency. Knowledge gained by 78 years combined experience in the entertainment industry drives the design of these products. Equipment design input not only comes from our own extensive use, it also comes from a wide range of special effects, stunt, theatric and other entertainment professionals. Instead of boring you with a giant list of shows, people and giant corporations that use our equipment, we invite entertainment industry professionals to ask their associates about our products, since happily they are in use in most major motion pictures, television and theatrical events worldwide. Industrial users find us on the web, and from colleagues referrals. They are happy to find us and they are happy with our products.

We are large enough to fulfill your orders immediately and small enough to give personal service. We have the user-friendly stuff that you want.

Current PRICE LIST Price List 9-13-2012 Retail.pdf

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