Director of Photography
On the rocks films
Matt is the co-founder of On The Rocks Films, a New York City based production company. Grown from a team of actor/writers/filmmakers, OTRF produces their own films as well as being hired frequently as a production company for other filmmakers developing their work. Check out the website!
what my clients say
Producer "Early Mourning" & Director/Founder of LDR Creative
“Matt and his team brought so much to the table creatively and are a great team to collaborate with. From our first initial meeting about our short film, "Early Mourning", I felt in very safe hands. From start to finish they are fully invested in your project and they give their everything to make it the best it can be. I would work with them again in a heart beat.”
Director "Early Mourning"
"From the initial meeting to the last editing session ON THE ROCKS films went above and beyond. Matt Simpkins and his team not only provide an unsurpassed professional service, they are truly creative, and think way out of the box. I could not have found more engaging and inspiring collaborators to support my vision as a director.''
Producer/Writer/Director "Traveling with Ani"
"After I created the world of TRAVELING WITH ANI, I knew the next step was to find a production company that was talented, hard working, dedicated, organized, and ambitious. I was very lucky to have found all of those qualities, and more when I discovered ON THE ROCKS FILMS. This experience with Matt Simpkins, Greg Roderick and the rest of the ON THE ROCKS family went beyond my expectations. I also knew it would be a beautiful film. But what I honestly never truly knew was how I would make it come to life the way I had dreamed about it for so long? ON THE ROCKS FILMS made my dream come true!''
1st Assistant Camera
"Matt Simpkins the Director of Photography has a keen eye for setting up creative shots, and the scenes are always beautifully lit"
Producer + Filmmaker
"What a pro! He knows how to get the job done and brings the best collaborative energy to set! You want him around when you are creating"
Next Step Realty, NYC
"Working with Matt Simpkins and his team was seamless and efficient! Matt is enthusiastic about his work and films until the shot is absolutely perfect. He was dedicated to our project and it was clearly reflected in the outcome of the final video! I would highly recommend Matt to anyone looking for this type of work!"
1st Assistant Camera
"I had the pleasure of working with the incredibly professional and talented individuals from On The Rocks Films. With their proactive attitudes, uncanny creative abilities, and efficient approach to meet their clients needs, they can take on any project no matter what the vision may be."
"On the Rocks films and director of photography Matt Simpkins were instrumental in the success of Dullaquirk. Matt's attention to detail, inventive ideas, and ability to collaborate with Kirsten and me were above and beyond. On the Rock's crew are all total pros; we got every gorgeous shot done by the end of a tightly planned day (I think we even wrapped early!). The results speak for themselves."
BM Ursa Mini 4K
Nikon D5 & 810
Teradek Bolt Pro 300 SDI Wireless Transmitter & Receiver
Atomos Shogun 4K w/ SSD
SmallHD AC7 Monitor
Director Monitor Cage
EF & F MOUNT LENSES
105mm Macro f2.8
Wireless Follow Focus
19mm Rails w/ Arri Dovetail
Wooden Camera Top Handle & Various Plates
Tilta Swing Away Matte Box w/ Side Flag Set and Top Flag (Eyebrow)
ND + Soft Mist Filters
Anton Bauer Gold Mount Batteries & Charger
Kessler Traveler Pocket Jib
12' Dolly Track
2 Kino Flo 4Bank
Wescott LED Flexlight
Arri 650 Fresnel
Scrims, Diffusion, Solids 2x3 & 4x4 Kits
C-Stands, Arms & Various Grip Equipment
For a full list of equipment & rental prices, please inquire