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about the business

Bolt Lighting Rental was founded by Matthew Stouppe and Ryan Thomas in 2016. We originally started as RTMS Lighting and Grip in 2011 and have grown over the years from a small room inside a old naval warehouse to now being Bolt Lighting Rental, a full service rental house in Berkeley, CA.

We started Bolt with the intention of making 100% custom built trucks with the bay area in mind, meanwhile making a commitment to organization. We know it’s not on the truck if you can’t find it.

Meet Our Leaders


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Ryan Thomas is an LA based director of photography who also handles Bolt’s Lighting Rentals. Coming from a lighting background himself, he’s worked in the lighting department on a number of popular TV shows and movies. As a Local 728 member, he is also the Co-Chair of the Young Workers Committee and is dedicated to making Bolt a good employer for the future. As a result we’re focused on paying good wages and make all of our merchandise in union shops in the USA.

Matthew Stouppe

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Matthew Stouppe is a Bay Area Gaffer with over 9 years in the film industry. With experience on countless union and non-union productions he knows what it takes to shoot your project in the Bay Area.

Hope to help you with your next project!

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