– Welcome to the Machine –  

Our Sonoma California stage is a self-contained visual production studio, offering video, still photography, stop motion, & motion control services.

The foundation of the studio is the GNU (said “new”) or simply #4.

This is the last custom build motion control crane fabricated at ILM. Since then, the rig has morphed into a KUPER-DRAGONFRAME high-speed, live action, stop motion MACHINE – With up to 90′ of track. The crane is transportable ~ a Military Generator powers the unit on remote locations.

This is our studio.

Our coved stage includes full DMX voltage stabilized lighting & a complete grip & lighting package. 

An on-site machine and wood shop provides 3D printing, welding, laser & waterjet cutting services.

The post production suite features Adobe, DaVinci, and Maya pipelines, & includes a lounge for music production / recording.

Rental packages are available for motion control rigs, drivers, movers, & turntables.


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- About Us -

Behind the gear ~ you will find Josh Livingston & Peter Williams. 

They have over 40 years of combined experience in the film/digital world. Past employment includes ILM, (Colossal) Pictures, Disney & LAIKA.

Resumes available upon request.

MachPhoto is closely connected to a passionate & creative group of Bay Area animators, set designers, builders, & puppeteers. Our mission is to provide a facility for this community to explore it’s vast potential.

Some of our clients include:

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- 360 Product Photography -

Multi-Axis Rotation.

Click & Drag

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Located in the town of Sonoma CA.

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