Serving Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Yucatan, Chiapas and Los Cabos in Southern Mexico and Central America's Belize/Honduras. Founded 18 years ago in Cancun, Riviera Maya Grip SA de CV is the only professional provider east of Mexico City (2,500km).
Founder D. Adair Crow started in the biz back in the early 80's as a writer producer for a video, film and computer animation start up with Microsoft, IBM America's Cup and FIFA as clients. Partner Noel Zisa, film lover many times over handles production permitting / locations and most importantly of all, production accounting.
We know how to light, fix, produce, build, permit and manage - and we have learned when to lead, follow or get out of the way.
RMG provides producers and productions of all sizes with:
Riviera Maya Grip builds production equipment and solutions.
We are especially proud to provide drama free and positive life style choice Crew in the Riviera Maya! Our bi-lingual colleagues are the best of the best providers, all experienced with USA/CAN and EUR Crew workflows.
Professional Hi CRI LED Production Lighting: 3@ Sufa Bullet 800's w/ dimmers from Cinemills (4k HMI equivalent), Arri s60 and s120 Skypanels, 6@Lupo 1x1 panels - bicolor dimming Joker 400 equivalent at 22k lumens punchier than Astra, 3@Lupo's rgbW s30 1x1's and the 6k tungsten equivalent Sumo Space. LED Mactech Kinos. DOP, Chimera and Airbox Softboxes for everything. No clones.
HMI's from the Alpha 18k to 200w, Jolekos, Jokers, with Powergems ballasts. Just say 'No' to Chinese HMI clones, especially on the beach!
Kinos w/Power Gems dimming ballasts + Baird&McCallisters' MacTech LED bi-color Kinos - 40% punchier.
Tungsten from MaxiBrutes to Peppers. 10 & 6k dimmers for the bigger stuff.
Profotos, Chimeras, VESTA, Pocket and Air Wizards & Sunbounce for Stills from our friends at VelvetEye.
Massive, Total Grip support. Crankos to baby C-stands, bags, boxes, clamps, textiles and frames, flags, solids, bounce, mirror and CLRS bounce, floppies and custom bits and pieces for municipal, beach, jungle and U/W production. 4x4 Grip Golf Cart, 4x4 Trucks and a 'train o' grip carts' for hotel productions.
Camera movement with Dana Dollies, TrostMotion Slider, modified MSE Doorway and Egripment Dinky Dollies, Trovato and ABC Products Jib/Cranes, Movi, Ronin, Steadicam, Panavision and Panther Track (straights & curves), Car Mounts, custom Camera Truck.
Stage Truss & Rigging
Cenote Light and Diver Support Structures w/rigging
12" Prolyte w/ Bases and Corners
Slings, Pulleys, Decks and Legs
Super Fast Riggers and Pushers
We are the only Production Electricians east of Mexico City. Seriously. Keep your crew, set and equipment safe with Riviera Maya Grip and please ensure your LG crew's abilities prior to getting them to set.
A couple of Realities and Series shot in the market have suffered from self anointed Gaffers' that have repeatedly proved they don't know the difference between 220v and 120v on a generator tie-in or the importance of a good solid ground on the beach, in the jungle. The loss of equipment, time and risk just don't justify the savings in each of these cases.
Our 3.5 Ton Packages
This weight/size class does not require permitting. Fits in tight hotels and jungle. Infinitely customizable with the package that suits your needs. As sole owners we can make solid deals -- and gifts for social value productions.
3.5 Ton Grip Truck 'Lucy'. A 2007 version of Bender, 6.6L Turbo diesel is with a wicked LED package. Three Sufa Bullet 800's w/dimmers, Arris Skypanel s120 and s60, SumoSpace, 6@Lupo Super Panels (22k Lumens is 7x brighter than an Astra), 3@Lupo's new Color rgbW 1x1's and MacTech Led Fatmen, Skinny Men and Fatboy bi-color dimming LED's. With a 3 Ton grip package plus carts. Lucy is fast and comfortable for long distance work in Chiapas or Los Cabos.
3.5 Ton Grip Truck 'Bender'. Ideally sized for heavier 'run and gun', this diesel GMC Cube Truck carries a full Grip Package, two magliners and a Basic Tungsten & Kino Package. LED's, HMI's a la carte.
8 Ton Grip Truck 'Chato'. With a 2.5 ton lift gate this diesel Volvo FE6 Straight Truck is packed with production carts and your lighting compliment. Racked, the truck carries all size stands including 26 C-Stands, 12 Jr's & Combos, 3 Crankos, 50 25# bags, boxes, rags from 12x down, 500' 2/0 & 4/0 feeder, 200' @ Bates 60A & 100A whips, MSE & Custom 120/220v Distro, a fat Tungsten & Kino Package, Egripment Dinky Dolly & track. Just add the LED's and HMI's you need as a package or 'off the truck'. Bigger shoots such as Hallmark Channel's 'Sun Sand and Romance, locally produced by RMG and 3 Season's of Antenna TV's 'Cassado a la Primera Vista'.
1 Ton Grip Truck 'Leela'. Packed as you need, this GMC G3500e Cargo Van doubles as a Camera Transpo Truck up to 2500lbs with a modified suspension. We usually pack Leela with a basic package of LGE and a magliner for interviews and smaller 'run & guns'.
Moche, Camera and Tow Vehicle
Most recently chasing a Ferrari 308GTB with Steve Bagnara at the wheel for Ztao's Beggar Video, Moche is a chopped flat bed diesel G3500 van with a roof deck and Speed Rail Starters, Front or Rear Aprons. Air suspension. Crazy tough.
Moulder, 18' Toy Hauler Trailer
Ramped, two phase power, solar powered LED Lighting with available portable AC, this trailer works as an HMU/Wardrobe/Production Office or Art Department. Ex on the Beach 3, produced by RMG used this as an Art Department Trailer for the build out
Camello (Camel), 6x10' Trailer
Ramped, Onan single phase 4k genset or Base Camp powered two phase, solar powered LED Lighting with available portable AC, this trailer works mainly as an Air Conditioned DIT/Camera cabin, but also doubles as an HMU/ Wardrobe/ Production Office/ Art Department/ Mini Grip Truck. We also pre-pack for Stills shoots so productions have a simple locking and 'clean' location for equipment.
Club Cart xrt 1550's. A Gas Powered 4x4 Cart for Hotel, Jungle & Beach work with our Equipment Carts to make a gear hauling mini train.
As Owner/Operators we can set prices that work for you. We are FATCA compliant and a Mexican Corporation with 3rd party, production and medical insurance on our vehicles, equipment and crew. Our AICP membership application has just been filed so we can bring Standards and Practices to our market in 2018. We believe in S&P to keep our industry moving forward safely and for quality assurance for our clients.
Chimera China Balls, Pancakes & Boxes with speed rings for 2k, 1K, V-lights. Chimera speed ring adapter for boxes to C-stand mount for lights with 10” diameter.
We are proud to be Mexico's provider of Hydroflex Underwater lighting with full offshore and cenote support systems. Backed with a custom Truss Cenote Bridge, Tents, and extensi ve selection of climbing and hauling gear, 4x4's, bespoke power generation systems & a killer espresso machine.
Riviera Maya Grip are the go to guys for National Geographic (NAIA, First Face of America, Explorer), BBC (alot), ZDF (Green Planet/Sleeping Giants) & GoPro's (Place of Fear), St. Thomas (Hurricanes).
Producing & Crewing
RMG has a long history of all of the above for Hallmark Channel, BBC, Nat Geo (NAIA/First Face of America), MTV, Lime Pictures London (Geordie Shores), Armani, CB2, J. Crew, Whizz Kid (Ex on the Beach3), Corona and about 15 years more.
That's a bunch of high end hotel productions, commercials, reality shows, chasing hurricanes, chasing crocodiles, under the jungle in cenotes, catalog and fashion.
Full bi-lingual, seasoned Crews, HMU, DIT, Video Village, Sound, Camera, AC's, Transpo, Catering and Art Department / Props. Drug and Drama free.
Permitting & Locations
We permit daily for film, stills and music events on local, state and national levels. INAH, CONANP, AMCINE/COMEFILMS, SEDETUR, TULUM and Beach Permits. There are ways to get it done right, keep your production safe - and it doesn't have to cost a fortune.
From ancient ruins to Miami Vice Villas on secluded beaches. Riviera Maya is coastal jungle and blue Caribbean vibes, Belize has 5 completely different geographic zones within 6 hours while the Yucatan has 400 years of architecture.
We have teamed with Anzur Transportation for full service Pax vans including 12 Pax in Chevy, Ford, Toyota and Nissan plus Sprinter 16 and 24 Pax units.
Leticia Fernandez is owner operator with all the right elements. Clean, professional, female crew friendly drivers, insurance and solid maintenance plans.
Letty and Kimberly have been our preferred transpo provider for some 8 years now - features, realities, commercials and stills work - and we are very happy with the level of comfort and professionalism her drivers give our clients.
The Studio is compact and comfortable. A 5x7meter (15xx21') white cyc with overhead grid and seamless hanger. To the side, a pre lit 7'x8' Green Screen, a 4'x8' Acrylic Product Table with overhead pantograph and a full size seamless wall.
Ramp access to trucks and Fab Yard.
Dedicated Make Up and Wardrobe areas behind the Green Screen with power and good worklighting.
The studio has a big couch, wifi, kitchenette, shower, washing machine, and a superlative Breville 870xl Barista espresso machine.
Need to make Props? Build a Set? Our shop is stocked with Makita, Dewalt & Milwaukee. A large shop area with tools, tables, sawhorses, fans and plenty of power make work go fast.
Located right beside the studio you can handle most all of your Carpentry, Paint, Welding and Plasma cutting needs.
Two furniture upholsterers on opposite corners of the Studio block and a machine shop down the block on the left.
We have a flatbed truck and access to larger for bigger projects. Your Art Department can build it here.
5'Leela' G3500e Savana Cargo Stretch Van. Racked and shelved, with T Track and great AC, moves about 2 tons of gear and does it very much in style.
1 Ton Chop Van 'Moche'. Designed for camera road work, Moche offers two decks, speed rail starters everywhere with air suspension. A geared down diesel 6.2 completes the package. Moche doubles as a mule to put generators anywhere.
4x4 Club Car. Beefed suspension, this is the ideal offroad mule for wicked terrain - ask Go Pro - or in hotel to pull a train of production carts to fast moving sets - or to move those sand bags, high rollers and coolers down the beach.
4x4 Mitsubishi L200 Turbo Diesel 2017. A very comfortable way to drag a generator down the beach or mount the Steadi Op on the tailgate with a hard mount goal post and rip thru Merida.
4x4 Toyota Extra Cab. 6" Lift, 30", 3/4 Ton. Ideal for getting down the beach or out in the jungle with tanks, support and clients.
9 Passenger Suburban turbo Diesel. The classic Classic with blue velor, sidewinder turbo on a 6.2 Liter. Lush 80's retro comfort with twin AC's and a view over the sea of taxis on HWY 180.
DIT/HMU Trailer 'Camello'. The Camel is a 6x10' racked and Air Conditioned trailer with a solid roof top deck. Awnings keep you cool, while you have either 220v or 120v power from Honda or Set Generators.
Production Workshop Trailer. This Haulmark 18' Toy Hauler is modified to serve as a complete workshop with air & power tools. Packed with the tools you need; Makita, Dewalt, Craftsman. Makes a great warehouse, too.
We accept Paypal, in situ Mastercard/Visa in Dollars or in Pesos on portable terminals, ABA/Swift/Clabe Wire Transfers. We are FATCA Compliant and we provide VAT/IVA Facturas from Mexico's SAT System.
With 30 years in the market, the Riviera Maya Grip Team is ready to get behind your project and push. Smart, bl-lingual experts are here to make your project effective, enjoyable and complete.
Our crew of experts in Lighting, Grip & Electric is ready to go.
One 8 Ton, Two 3.5 Tons & One 1 Ton Grip Trucks, Camera & 4x4 Specialty Vehicles, Run & Pax Vans, 4x4 All Terrain Golf Cart, HMU/DIT & Art Department Shop Trailer - all in the Riviera Maya, ready to go with Insurance, Permits and SINTRA passes.
HMI's: 18k to 200w, Jokers & Hydroflex
LED's: Sufa Bullets, Arri SkyPanels, Lupo Superpanels & LitePanel Go Kits from Bexel.
Kinos: All sizes from Flathead 80 to Micros + Encapsulights for Reality Shows
Tungstens: Maxibrutes to StickUps
Specialty Lights: Goya & Shadow
Full Grip including Trucks, Carts of all types, C-Stands to Crank-o-Vators, bags, boxes & flags: we have full lighting and camera support in our Puerto Morelos Shop. Plus Generators of all shapes and sizes and distro/cable out the whazoo. We are the only production electricians east of Mexico City!
Surface and Underwater Lighting, Logistics and Support, Hoyo Negro Cenote, Mike Madden, Producer/UW Camera: "If you want it right, you get Riviera Maya Grip and Adair Crow." "Thank you... for your part in making this one of the greatest projects I’ve had the pleasure to work on.
It is amazing what happens when you combine friendship and talent.
Chris Holder & Wiggie Andrews, Local Producers: "Fantastic, just fantastic."
TV, Series, Isla Blanca Ithsmus:
Phil Keoghan:, "Thank you for your professionalism, it was a relief for us to have a pro on hand".
Rene Blanco, Riviera Maya Films: "Experienced, Hypercreative, Lightening fast".
Sam Correia, Production Manager: Yours and your team’s contribution on Thursday was indispensable and very much appreciated so, thank you so very much for your hard work and very helpful and knowledgeable insight.
Chasing Hurricanes across Southern Mexico with Red 3D Camera systems.
Producers/LGE/Logistics/Permitting on 4 Year Feature Documentary + Canal 4 France TV Series, Mexico Segments
Jacqueline Farmer, Andy Byatt & John Johnson, Exec. Producers/Segment Directors:
"We love you, you guys were fantastic."
LG&E/Permitting in Sian Ka'an Biosphere Tulum for Still + Video Production for Braun and Gillette Shaving Systems, Johnny Patucchi, Producer: "You guys were just incredible. Thank you Riviera Maya Grip for all your multifaceted help."
Local Producers, Fixers, Location Mangers plus all Lighting, Grip and Electric on 'Ex on the Beach 3', Akumal, Lisa McCormack, Producer: "The most fun I have ever had on a production"
Special Kudos to Israel Gonzalez for coming up with all those crazy clubs and a Lucha Libre training class.
Come by and see us and have an espresso while you check out your Lighting, Grip, Electric & Production Rental Gear, our Studio and FabShop.
Calle Alemendros, Colina Joaquin Zetina Gasca, Puerto Morelos
Mobile :+52 1 998 168 9875
Monday - Friday: 0800 - 1800hrs
Saturdays & Sundays: By appointment
Visa, Mastercard & Paypal Accepted