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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

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

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

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

-Jason Miller, Tinderbox

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


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

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!!


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

-Oli Chopping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

-Jack Bamford

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

-M Cassini, Fit Roads

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

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Redrock remote follow focus upgrade

Published Tuesday 20 September 2016 by Stu in Rental News

Our popular Redrock microRemote follow focus unit has just received a new firmware update which adds some new features. The new 4.0 software adds the following features: Save Lens Calibration: microRemote remembers which lens you’re using after a power loss. Swap batteries w...

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CD duplication for Steve Tucker's 'Billies Kid' book launch

Published Thursday 15 September 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

Last year Steve Tucker, frontman for Steve Tucker's All Star Jazz Band, released his first book, 'Billie's Kid'. Steve was adopted as a baby and the book tells the true story of his search to find his biological mother and to discover where he came from. Included with ev...

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Maniac FilmsWelcome to Maniac Films!

Maniac Films are an award-winning media production company based in beautiful North Devon, UK. We make films including TV adverts, short & feature drama, corporate communications, documentary videos, music videos, sports videos, live event coverage and interactive content for DVD, Blu-ray, smart phones and digital cinema.

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

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New Promo Videos for

Published Thursday 1 September 2016 by Mark in Video Production

We have been making the most of the decent weather and have busy filming and editing a number of new promotional web videos for in the Bideford area. The videos feature staff and local customers talking about how have helped them setup for holida...

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The Animals of Farthing Wood Box set Authoring

Published Friday 26 August 2016 by Mark in Disc Production

We have recently finished DVD authoring and full Quality Check (QC) of a new 6 disc box set of the animated series 'The Animals of Farthing Wood' - now available from Network online. This complete children's series of 39 x 25 minute episodes first aired on TV in the early 1990s...

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Great White DVD Authoring for retail

Published Wednesday 27 July 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

Maniac Films have been working on a new DVD release of the 2008 suspense horror film, Great White. Originally released under the title 'Shark Swarm', the film stars John Schneider, Daryl Hannah, Armand Assante, F. Murray Abraham, Alan Fudge & Elisa Donovan. The film tells th...

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My Honor Was Loyalty feature film colour grading

Published Wednesday 20 July 2016 by Mark in Post Production

We have started re-grading the Independent feature film My Honor Was Loyalty. Set in World War 2 this is one soldiers story of the conflict and its effects on him. We got involved in this project last year when we created a DVD and Blu-ray version with multiple subtitles of the original fi...

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Filming Gerry Cottle's Rock Circus TV Advert

Published Friday 15 July 2016 by Mark in Crew Hire

We have been working with Colin from Colour247 again, filming at Gerry Cottle's world famous circus in Southsea for a TV advert and short promo with additional interviews to be used in a longer video at a later stage. We spent a couple of days inside the big top filming the fantastic p...

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Movie Legends Re-authoring for Brightspark

Published Thursday 14 July 2016 by Mark in Disc Production

We have been re-authoring some DVD titles for Brightspark from their Movie Legends range - older black and white movies from Hollywood Legends like John Wayne (The Man from Utah & The Star Packer), Robert Mitchum (Gung Ho) and Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour and Bob Hope (Road to Bali). ...

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Filming Engineering Nonlinearity Conference in Southampton

Published Monday 11 July 2016 by Stu in Video Production

We have been down in sunny Southampton, filming the Engineering Nonlinearity 4th Annual Review at Southampton University. The Annual Review has held over three days on and around the Southampton University campus, and we were asked to join them for the 2nd day (although Mark did also fi...

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PEEP 2016 video now online for ND+

Published Friday 8 July 2016 by Mark in Video Production

The Pupil Employer Engagement Programme (PEEP) 2016 video for North Devon plus is now online on our YouTube channel and features multiple interviews with the friendly students of Pilton Community College, Braunton Academy and Ilfracombe Academy reminiscing about their experiences whilst on...

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Putsborough Beach, Cottages, Caravan Parks & Cafe

Published Wednesday 29 June 2016 by Mark in Video Production

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Product photos for Lambland 2016 range

Published Wednesday 29 June 2016 by Stu in Photography

We have been working with local store Lambland in Ilfracombe, photographing the spring/summer product ranges for their online store. The products have ranged from leather handbags & holdalls, to sheepskin mocassins and sheepskin rugs. We photographed most of the products in our s...

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Kung Fu Assassin DVD Authoring

Published Tuesday 28 June 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

Maniac Films have been working on a DVD release of the 2008 2-part Kung Fu mini-series Kung Fu Assassin, starring David Carradine & Daryl Hannah. The following is a brief synopsis: 1929. China is in unrest, as the Republic falls prey to Warlords like Kahn Xin, who holds an entire pr...

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UFO DVD Authoring for Italian release

Published Friday 17 June 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

We have just completed a 13 disk DVD authoring run of Gerry Anderson's UFO, a science fiction TV series first broadcast in  1970. The authoring has been carried out for Content Partners who have been working with the Italian distributor to arrange the release. Each disk cont...

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Mass Product Photo Cloning & Re-touching for Google Shopping

Published Wednesday 15 June 2016 by Mark in Post Production

We have just finished re-touching and uploading literally thousands of product photographs for online surf fashion retailer Genesis Surf Shop in Ilfracombe to allow them to comply with the latest Google Shopping channel requirements. We have been removing all watermarking and brand lo...

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Creating a new PEEP film for North Devon Plus

Published Monday 13 June 2016 in Video Production

We have been filming lots of interviews with business leaders and school students for a new short film we are making about the PEEP (Pupil, Employer Engagement Program) that has been taking place over the last 3 years in the North Devon region. Employers including the Fire S...

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