Tragic Loss to the Filmmaking Community


Gear Focus

Sep 7, 2022

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It is in times like these we are fortunate enough to have a great community to lean on in moments of loss. We are sad to report that two talented filmmakers who worked passionately and closely with our CEO and Founder passed away last weekend. Nate Brubaker and Martin Whittier both tragically perished in an auto accident while returning home from a filmmaking event in Philadelphia. Both filmmakers were incredibly talented and were instrumental to the early branding of Gear Focus. Their relationship with our CEO and Founder began over seven years ago and spanned across many shoots in the Baltimore area. We've watched their effort and dedication to the craft of production make them both instrumental to the filmmaking community and an inspiration to creators everywhere. [caption id="attachment_4432" align="alignnone" width="640"] Gear Focus branding still used today created by Nate Brubaker[/caption] Martin (37) has been a tentpole in the East Coast filmmaking scene for over 10 years. After graduation from Full Sail University, he founded Charmcine Rentals and provided video cameras, lenses, and accessories to the local motion picture industry as well as across the US. In 2018 he was able to launch a second location successfully and by 2020 he had facilities in Baltimore Alexandria and Philadelphia. His spirit exemplified what it means to be a creator and great business leader, fulfilling a vision of a tighter-nit filmmaking community through improving technical skills and a dedication to customer service. He is survived by his wife and two sons. [caption id="attachment_4428" align="alignnone" width="640"] Martin Whittier - on a shoot in 2018[/caption] Nate (27) Launched Rock Shore Media in 2012 while he was still in High School. He was a rare breed, someone who was able to take risks, follow their dreams and turn his passion for video and storytelling into a career in such a short period of time. He is survived by his fiance. [caption id="attachment_4429" align="alignnone" width="640"] Nate Brubaker in the director's seat on Living The Dream Film Shoot[/caption] We are still in shock over the incalculable loss. We are reaching out to you, the Gear Focus community to aid us in assisting the families of both Martin and Nate in any way possible by contributing to the fundraiser below.  

Nate Brubaker Go Fund Me 


Martin Whittier Go Fund Me 

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