WHEN PETER BRAUN FOUNDED MAT 1976
When 25-year old Peter Braun founded MAT 1976 in Hamburg, Germany, nobody could have forseen how important this company would become for the national and international film, television and music industry.
Initially a mobile grip unit, the MAT-philosphy of the moving camera became increasingly more important and changed the company’s identity.
Over time MAT provided a market niche with highly-specialized equipment, initiating a boom but nonethless becoming the market leader for specialized remote camera systems in Europe.
From the first mobile crane in the early Eighties to remote heads (Cam Remote/ MiniMote), from Hollywood’s Snorkel-Camera-System (designed by Paul Kenworthy ) to the newest generation of Telescopic Cranes, from the earliest MAT-„tracking-adventure“ Speedtrack to „hovering and flying“ Gocam and Flycam (designed by Steadycam-Inventor Garrett Brown) and the spectacular own developments such as the Academy awarded MAT-TOWERCAM®, LIFTCAM®, CRUISECAM®, AVIATOR®, COSMO®, AERODOLLY® … the range of rental and sales products MAT is proud to offer, is in every sense of the word: unique!
Sophisticated, extraordinary kinds of camera movement – to discover, invent and apply it is challenge and aim for MAT. Peter Braun, pioneer and visionary for advanced camera motion, is the founder and creative mind behind MAT.
The passion of the MAT-Team for discovering, inventing and marketing new technology has by now become stuff of legends in the industry.
MAT made terms such as Remote Camera Systems, Camera Tracking Systems and THE TOWERCAM® known to a wider public for the first time.
The ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES© decided to give a TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD® to Peter Braun for the concept and development of the MAT-TOWERCAM® TWIN PEEK.
The ACADEMY®: “This small cross-section system from MAT-Mad About Technology can operate from above or below the camera, achieving nearly impossible shots with repeatable movements through openings no larger than the camera itself.” .