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Shift 4 has been supplying the Film & TV Industry in Greater London with equipment and crew rental for more than 30 years. Due to high demand, the company is now expanding its operations with the opening of a new branch in Manchester.
Located in the Trafford Park area, Shift 4 Manchester offers production companies and freelancers in the North West of England the same high standard, extra mile approach that helped us to become one of the biggest equipment rental companies in the UK.
With over fifty employees, an extensive inventory of equipment and a fleet of delivery and crew vehicles, Shift 4 is capable of handling any type of shoot, from drama and commercials to documentaries and entertainment.
The experience and knowledge gained over these many years means we not only offer our clients the right equipment but also support them throughout the hiring process with advice, technical support and equipment training.
A key factor for us opening the new branch has been finding local people who know and understand the industry in Manchester. We have been successful in this mission, recruiting some of the very best people in the rental market who bring years of experience and expertise.
MEET THE TEAM
After graduating in Film & TV Production from Manchester College, Rich worked as a freelancer on a number of feature films, Tv series, and commercials. Then for next 10 years, he worked in equipment rental in Manchester where he made his way up from kit room technician to Warehouse Manager, in 2019 he joined Shift 4 to become General Manager of our new branch.
|RAFAEL DA SILVA
Raf first joined Shift 4 in 2017. Working in our London office, he gained hands on experience as one of the technicians responsible for the maintenance and preparation of our extensive range of equipment. Raf was our first recruit in Manchester and was instrumental in the organisation and set up of the branch.
Head of Drama and Commercials
Duncan has been involved in the media industry for just over 20 years, starting out as a production assistant for a TV travel company, before working freelance as a camera operator on various productions, gigs & festivals and several prime-time BBC documentaries & shows.
After starting her career as an Apprentice in 2014, studying Business Administration for an Audio-Visual company, Hannah began her work in the Tv & Film Industry as a bookings coordinator for a Manchester based hire company, where she gained a vast amount of experience over 3 years, in April 2021 she joined Shift 4 Manchester as a skillful Account Manager
George studied Television and Radio Production at the University of Salford which is where his passion for the technical side of TV grew.
Senior Kitroom Tech
After graduating from TV & Film Production at Staffordshire University in 2018, George joined Shift 4 London to pursue his passion for the film industry.
Our clients include major broadcasters, pay-TV broadcasters, SVOD and also major production studios.
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
Tin Goose Films
The Serengeti Rules
RACE ACROSS THE WORLD
Studio Lambert for BBC2
SAS: WHO DARES WIN
Minnow Films for Channel 4
TRAVELS WITH MY FATHER
Tiger Aspect for NETFLIX
Department of Unimaginable
PEOPLE JUST DO NOTHING
Roughcut for BBC2
MURDER IN SUCCESSVILLE
Tiger Aspect for BBC3
THE MIND OF HERBERT
Tiger Aspect for BBC2
We stock a wide range of cameras, lenses, lights, sound, sliders, and grips that will cover any kind of production.
ARRI Alexa Mini
Sony FS7 MKII
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ZEISS Supreme • Full frame
Canon CN-E 30-105mm
Angenieux Optimo 28-76mm
Angenieux Optimo 15-40mm
Samyang Optics VDSLR
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L
Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6
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DJI Ronin 2
Freefly MOVI Pro
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Astera AX1 Pixeltube
Light Storm C300D
ARRI 2.5 HMI
ARRI M18 HMI
K5600 Joker-Bug 800
ARRI 2kw Blonde
JEM 22” 1kw
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Shift 4 Manchester is located in the Trafford Park area (SW of Manchester City centre). Why don’t you come round for a brew ☕️ with our team? You can then take the opportunity to check the test room we have available for kit prepping, demos and training.
|SHIFT 4 | MANCHESTER
+44 (0)161 989 3444
Unit D3 • Broadoak Industrial Park
Ashburton Road West • Trafford Park
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With a large fleet of vehicles, we can deliver our kit to your production anywhere in the North West. On top of this, we offer a crew vehicle service.
Through our social media channels and also our website, we offer clients and the filmmaking community a wealth of digital content, from equipment reviews on our YouTube channel and articles on our website to ‘How To’ videos on Instagram and tech tips on Twitter and Facebook. We endeavour to help professionals in the Film & TV industry to expand their technical knowledge… we love a gadget and are always looking for the next thing to share. You can pop in anytime to have a look at what we do!