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At very short notice we contacted Maniac Films to hire a selection of lighting for some filming we had planned - we were very pleased and impressed with the service, delivery and advice received. Would HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

-Julie, Cobham Composite Technologies

Thanks again for arranging that kit for me on Wednesday Just wanted to write and say, I've only rented from you guys twice so far but both times i've been super impressed - they were very last minute and you handled my kit request and questions with ease. (Already had two great opportunities to share my experience of Maniac with those clients)

-Adam Johnson

Hi Mark, Thank you a lot about the work you are doing for us; I see how many difficulties we had on this project, so thank you very much.

-Claudia Oldani, Content Partners

Thanks again for all your help last summer with the kit hire and troubleshooting - The trailer has been posted online and have had great feedback about the look, and questions regarding the kit - I will be sure to mention Maniac Films when I respond.

-Jake Hawkins, Charmed Apocalypse

After finding we were short of two key items a day before the big event, I wanted to give you a big thank you for sorting everything out to make sure we had the equipment we needed when we really needed it. I really appreciate the way you guys went the extra mile to make sure we had everything we needed to do the job. The equipment was excellent and the service fantastic. I have no hesitation in recommending you to my colleagues or anyone else. Thanks again - it made all the difference.

-Chris, Impossible Arts

I just wanted to say a heartfelt thanks to you both for your professionalism, talent and cooperation during the re-building of this DVD. I feel we have raised the bar and the DVD is a much more professional and enticing package thanks to your work. I particularly like the fact that Stu listened to me all the way and interpreted what I wanted without any question. best regards

-David Gilliam, New Justice Films

Mark worked hard to deliver a quality result within the constraints that we specified. When our requirements changed late in the day he helped us to salvage the project.

-Pete Thompson, U4ea networks

Just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for a great efficient service. The gear you supplied me really helped me create the look I wanted, and I'll be sure to recommend you to others.

-Scott Coulter, DS Media

Excellent work on the videos guys. Thanks again for all this – its fab stuff.

-Jason Miller, Tinderbox

Thanks for all your help over the past few weeks. The kit has worked flawlessly and has shown me just how important it is to have a remote follow focus and wireless video on set. I don't think I could do another film without them!

-Cameron Browne

Could I just say thank you for the help and the advice you gave me and my cameraman Sam regarding using the PMW 200 camera. We found the camera a delight to use and the picture quality was amazing. Just got to edit it now!.

-Mark, Indochina Films

Mark, Thanks for your excellent work editing today. Look forward to seeing the vids up and my mugshot next to Paxman's! Martin.

-Martin Cassini

Also just to say it was great working with yourself and Stu, I thought we all collaborated very well and everything went smoothly. Hopefully the end product will reflect this and I’d be very happy to work with you again.

-David, Gro Company

I would like to say though that your service was great and that I will most certainly be using your company again.


Many thanks for all your help, the video looks great!

-Dr Mellios, Bristol University

Everything's arrived and is absolutely fantastic. Thank-you once again for a great service.

-Oli Chopping

The shoot went really really well. Perfectly in fact. It was a long hard few days but I'm really happy with what we shot. Just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for a great efficient service. The gear you supplied me really helped me create the look I wanted, and I'll be sure to recommend you to others.

-Scott Coulter, DS Media

Just a quickie to let you know that all the DCP films that you supplied played well, no problems encountered at all and they looked fabulous. Thanks for all your help with this. The weekend Film Festival exceeded our expectations. We’re just waiting for the final numbers but we anticipate that they’re better than expected. Kind regards

-Amanda, Ilfracombe FIlm Festival

The filming went really well thanks. Long!! but it all went well and some great footage taken. We will definitely be calling you up again for further kit hire!!


A BIG THANK YOU for your patience and support! You remain a star in my firmament! :)

-M Cassini, Fit Roads

Your customer service was nothing short of excellent, very helpful and willing when it came to suggestions and ideas. Keeping in good frequent contact and even helping out with the insurance. You made our first equipment hire experience a relatively worry free one We will most definitely recommend Maniac films to others and of course will contact you when we need to rent again.

-Ben Radford

G'day Mark and the Maniac Films crew. Many thanks for the all the additional editing work done on my films and the post production final polish, stoked with 'em and people seem to be enjoying them. See you with the West Africa and Tasmania films soon . . .

-Julian Wicksteed, Angler Walkabout

I think it’s fair to say that without your help we’d have struggled to show the films in their original format. Your patience and knowledge saved the day... thanks once again for helping make this such as successful event. Your calmness and support were much appreciated.

-Mandy, Ian and Val, Ilfracombe Film Festival

I think you saw it on twitter – but just to let you know Mum & Dad & Ben very pleased with their film (Boat Stories Young Fisherman). Ben said he couldn’t understand how we’d done it – with what we got... So hurrah – well done!

-Jo Stewart Smith, Boat Stories

Hi guys the video's awesome! Thank you so much. It looks great. The whole video is exactly what I wanted and more. You guys have nailed it for me and within 24 hours the video has half paid for itself. So let's start thinking about the next! ;) Thanks to you both for working so hard on it and tweaking so many bits and pieces. You've been great! Cheers!

-Mark Daniels, Ultimate Bublé

Thank you for sending the final version of the video. It was fantastic and excellent work - well done . I also would like to thank you for working with me and patiently adjusted the video in our requirements. As mentioned previously one of the most professional and fantastic group I work with is your video crew. Many thanks to you all for all your hard work and support.

-Fai Tila, University of Bristol

Every comment or feedback we have had on the DVD is that it is the best DVD we have ever had so well done! The clubs particularly like it as shows both sides of the cart and plenty of close-ups. Sales are looking good up about 12% on 2014 already. Dave.

-Dave, Bridgwater Carnival

Thanks again for your prompt and professional service. I look forward to hiring from you again in the future.

-Jack Bamford

Gosh I've been meaning to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for the brilliant rig hire! The day was EPIC and it went swimmingly. I'm about to mention your company on facebook as i know a lot of London videographers who would LOVE your company!

-Nicky O'Dell

Just wanted to write and say, I've only rented from you guys twice so far but both times i've been super impressed - they were very last minute and you handled my kit request and questions with ease. (Already had two great opportunities to share my experience of Maniac with those clients).

-Adam Johnson

The kit was terrific—really happy with the shots we got, and looking forward to starting the edit! Thanks again for all your help, will definitely be using Maniac again in the future


The test went well, many thanks - great bit of kit! It (Paralinx) was rock solid. Very reliable and certainly added to their performance that night.


A big thanks to you guys yesterday for cracking on and getting everything set up. The shots look great and you’re both a pleasure to work with and get on well with the clients too.

-Colin Martin, Colour247

Thanks for this and for supplying the gear. It was a great shoot! We may well need to do a 'pick up' shoot and if we do, i'll be back in touch to get some more gear from you as you have been really helpful! The back pack was the understated hero of the shoot, great that you supply those as not many places do

-Christopher Whitlow

Thank you again for the excellent work, the video is sitting nicely on our new website page now.

-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz

I've downloaded it and I've watched it - it's fantastic. Thank you again for the production of our films - they are fantastic. Many thanks for help and prompt response - much appreciated.

-R Piechocki, University of Bristol

The video is fantastic and we've managed to make it work in the (powerpoint) presentation. Thanks for all your help and speedy turnaround.

-J Miechowicz, Actavis

Thank you for your 'virtual tour' of St. Annes Chapel in Barnstaple. It is exactly what I wanted, the casting of the local actress and the experienced actor was more than I could have expected for the budget. The narrative gets so much information across in such a short space of time.

-St Annes Chapel film thank you, Barnstaple Town Council

The shoot went really well and the kit was great. Thanks again for all your help, you'll come highly recommended from us.

-Jake Hawkins, Charmed Apocalypse

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Latest News, Announcements & Projects

Christmas TV Advert Filming with Colour247

Published Wednesday 17 October 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

We have been filming near the Brecon Beacons with Colour 247 for a series of Christmas TV adverts for a shopping Centre in Cardiff. We filmed the majority of the footage in the home of the family who will also star in the adverts and filmed one additional shot on the drive of another ho...

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4K advert filming at Wookey Hole with Colour247

Published Monday 8 October 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

We've spent two days filming the various types of accommodation at Wookey Hole with Colin from Colour 247 for a series of upcoming adverts. We were shooting at three locations, a campsite near to Wookey Hole, the Wookey Hole Hotel and also a set of holiday lodges nearby. The aim is ...

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Maniac FilmsWelcome to Maniac Films!

Maniac Films are an award-winning video production company based in beautiful North Devon, UK. We work on all sorts of films including TV & Cinema Ads, Drama & Documentary, Corporate communications and Live Sports and Music Events with Video streaming and Interactive content for DVD, Blu-ray and the Web.

We provide services in post production for editing, colour grading, visual effects, format conversions, DCP encoding, rotoscoping and motion graphics as well as full production services for video and audio including creative ideas, planning & logistics. We offer Camera and Grip Hire across the UK and use our experience to help you choose the best gear to suit your needs and budget.

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Film crew hire for interviews in London

Published Friday 28 September 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Mark & Stu have spent a day filming in central London for GSL Media. Usually Ben from GSL is the one manning the camera on these shoots with Stu providing audio services, but on this occasion Ben was unable to make it so he asked Mark to go along with Stu to take care of the filming. ...

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NBN Course filming for Absolute Dogs

Published Wednesday 29 August 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production

Stu has been back in Okehampton and filming for 3 days with AbsoluteDogs. He was there to film content for one of their existing online courses, which is in need of a refresh. So over the three days they re-filmed the entire course and a few new videos as well. Stu was joined on locatio...

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Sound mixing for HOUND feature film

Published Friday 20 July 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production

We have just completed the sound mix for a new feature film called HOUND, directed by Simba Masaku. The film tells the story of Andy, one of many tortured souls living in the shadows of sunny London suburb, Hounslow. An introverted, alcoholic loner, Andy is forced to witness his only fr...

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Train the Trainer event filming for Absolute Dogs

Published Thursday 12 July 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production

Over the last couple of weeks Stu has spent 5 days filming the Train The Trainer event near Okehampton with AbsoluteDogs. Train The Trainer is an event which is attached to their Pro Dog Trainer course which aims to help dog trainers and hopeful future dog trainers to gain the skills to ru...

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Teradek Bolt 500 LT 3G-SDI Wireless kit now available

Published Monday 2 July 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

A few years ago we invested in the original Teradek Bolt zero-delay wireless video transmitter system and we were very pelased with the results! Technology has moved on and Teradek have improved their offerings in the Bolt Family. Because of this, we now offer for hire the Teradek Bolt ...

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Live training event filming with AbsoluteDogs

Published Tuesday 19 June 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production

The Maniac team have spent the last 4 days filming a series of live events with the team from AbsoluteDogs near Okehampton. Over the 4 days we filmed 2x 1 day courses and a 2-day weekend course. The events were covered by a one-man crew, with Stu filming Friday & Monday while ...

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Sound crew hire for major supermarket shoot

Published Monday 11 June 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Back in the office after a 4 day shoot in London & Brighton, Stu has been recording sound on location for a series of e-learning videos for a major supermarket chain with GSL Media. The shoot took place in 4 of the supermarket chains stores, ranging from small 'local' conven...

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DVD Duplication for 'The Invisible Recorder' - Dennis Creffield Film

Published Thursday 17 May 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Disc Production

We have just shipped out a DVD print run of 'The Invisible Recorder - Dennis Creffield's East Anglian Cathedrals' for Malachite Films. We were contacted by Charles from Malachite who already had a completed DVD master and artwork and just needed someone to produce the duplic...

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Published Wednesday 16 May 2018 by Mark Brindle in Crew Hire

Mark has been down to the lovely Hayle Beach in Cornwall as part of the crew for the latest Kelly's Ice cream commerical 'Beach Huts' by Director Alex Turner from Fat Lemon tv. Shot on the Arri mini Alexa with anamorphic lenses on a beautful sunny day in April, Mark w...

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DVD duplication: 'Sympathy for the Devil' Documentary

Published Wednesday 9 May 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Disc Production

Earlier this month we worked on a DVD project titled 'Sympathy for the Devil? The True Story of The Process', which was sent off to the factory to have 1000 copies replicated for sale. The production of the DVD was slightly delayed by a few days because of some issues with the s...

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Using LUTS on Blackmagic monitors & cameras

Published Friday 4 May 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

As more cameras offer a flat recording format, which offers more stops of dynamic range and therefore more room to play with when grading the finished film, LUTS are becoming more important and are becoming a feature in more monitors and camera outputs. 3D LUTs or Look Up Tables are sim...

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LED light & 4k Monitor hire for Pacapod shoot

Published Thursday 3 May 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

We recently hired one of our 2k LED LS C300d lights to local videographer Pete along with a Blackmagic Smartview 4K production monitor and various grip items including a clapper board. Pete was filming a new campaign video for baby accessory company Pacapod. The shoot was located near L...

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TP-300 Teleprompter kit - how to use it

Published Wednesday 2 May 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Our DataVideo TP-300 teleprompter kit for tablets (such as the iPad or similar android tablets) has proved popular as an affordable, lightweight option for providing autocue on set. We offer two hiring options TP-300 Teleprompter: the basic teleprompter kit Teleprompter with iPa...

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CD duplication for Anchors Aweigh Shanty Group

Published Tuesday 1 May 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Disc Production

We have just completed a CD duplication order for a local Sea Shanty group called 'Anchors Aweigh' - The group have been performing together since 2010 and regularly perform at various events across the South West and as of the start of 2018 they have...

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