Meet The MPS Crew: Richard Caldwell

Nov 6, 2015

Who knew that after leaving our Stage 6 Warehouse in MPS’s own Marc Stephens’ truck – more on that below – that Richard Caldwell would actually end up as the newest addition to our Austin G&E department? While it certainly makes for one of the most interesting ways we’ve ever been introduced to a staffer, we’re glad to have Richard on the team; learn a bit more about him in this week’s edition of “Meet The MPS Crew.”

  1. How did you get your start with MPS and how long have you been with the company?

I first made contact with MPS while on a run as a PA. The producer called me and asked if I would stop by MPS Grip & Electric warehouse and pick something up; they would have all the details. When I got to Stage 6, I was met by Marc Stephens.

I told him I was there for a pick up from such-and-such production company. He asked, “Are you picking up in that?” pointing to my 4-door Hyundai Accent. “Yes,” I replied. He laughed out loud. He then asked me if I knew what I was picking up. I said, “I have no idea. They said you would have all the info.” He proceeded to walk me over to what I was picking up: two 6K Fresnels with ballasts, lens cases and head cables.

I looked at them, looked at my car, and looked back at Marc. We both laughed out loud. He then loaned me his pickup so I could run the equipment back to set. That was my first introduction to MPS.

Since that time, I have worked sporadically in the warehouse whenever they needed extra help. In September of this year, I started working full time for MPS as a G&E driver at Stage 6.

  1. When you’re not at MPS, where can we find you? i.e. How do you recharge?

I can usually be found camping and/or hiking in various State and National Parks. If not there, then two-steppin’ with my honey at a honky-tonk.

  1. What’s your favorite piece of (G&E) equipment to work with?

That would be the new ARRIMAX 18K Fresnel HMI light.  It’s so much lighter than the old model.

  1. If we were to hop onto your music playlist, what would we see you were listening to most recently?

My tastes are varied; everything from Classic Rock to Classical. Lately, I’ve been listening to Iron & Wine and Neko Case a lot.

  1. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

Levitation. Can you imagine how quickly I could load trucks with that super power?

Do you have a G&E need that our Austin crew can help you with? If so, give us a holler at 512-630-1655 or [email protected].

About MPS Studios

For nearly 40 years, MPS Studios has provided the equipment and support services to production companies making movies, commercials, and television. A staff of highly specialized, factory trained, and industry-savvy technicians provide world-class service to clients around the corner and around the globe. The company offers cameras, lighting/grip/electric, sound stages, and complete post services through deliverables. Contact MPS Camera & Lighting Austin or MPS Studios Dallas location to have a rental package or post service customized for your next project.