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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

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

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!!


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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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.


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

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

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 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

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

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

-Oli Chopping

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

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

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

-Jason Miller, Tinderbox

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

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

-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz

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


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 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

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

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

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

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

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

-M Cassini, Fit Roads

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

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

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

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Admissions Video for Bristol University CDT-Comms

Published Monday 5 February 2018 by Stu in Video Production

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications at Bristol University offers a 4-year PhD for the next generation of communications engineers. Through the programme, postgraduates will have the chance to collaborate with industrial partners in a state-of-the-art environment for t...

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Product advert filming for the Gro Company

Published Monday 22 January 2018 by Stu in Crew Hire

We spent a day in a studio near Exeter working with the Gro Company to film a web advert for a new product which will soon be launching in Australia and will also be launching here in the UK later this year. Gro tend to shoot a lot of their web videos in house, but for larger launches t...

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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 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, 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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Camp Massacre DVD authoring for general release

Published Tuesday 2 January 2018 by Stu in Disc Production

We have just completed DVD authoring for a new DVD release of Camp Massacre - directed by Shaun Troke and starring Mario Folga, Faye Sewell, Thomas James Longley, Alexis Jayne Defoe& Eric Kolelas Authored as part of our on-going partnership with Three Wolves productions, Camp Massac...

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Aputure 2K LED film lighting now in stock

Published Tuesday 12 December 2017 by Stu in Rental News

We now stock the Aputure LS C300d LED COB Daylight light - with dimmer and wireless remote control matching the other Aputure Light Storm series lights. This light can be powered by mains or from high rated V-lock batteries for use in the field. To date this is the biggest and brightest li...

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Two more video teasers for Billie's Kid Adoption Book

Published Monday 4 December 2017 by Mark in Post Production

We have put together two new Facebook video teasers for Steve Tucker to help advertise the true story of his adoption and his search for his real parents in his book Billie's Kid. Both videos have been created using old Cine film supplied by Steve - one video has a Christmas ...

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Pro Trainer Live filming for Absolute Dogs

Published Wednesday 29 November 2017 by Stu in Video Production

We have been filming next to a rather scenic lake this week with the team from AbsoluteDogs. We were filming their Pro Trainer Live event, which aims to help dog trainers and hopeful future dog trainers to gain the skills to run dog classes. The classes centred on two main points, the m...

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Live Event Kit and Crew for Mole Valley Farmers Dairy Conference

Published Friday 10 November 2017 by Mark in Crew Hire

We've had a busy November with another Live event kit and crew hire this time for Phil Saunders Creative at the Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset for the Mole Valley Farmers Diary Conference. We did a full equipment pre-build and setup our ATEM 4K vison mixer kit and multiple 4K cameras ...

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DCP & iTunes Encodes for Strangers Within

Published Thursday 9 November 2017 by Mark in Post Production

We have been busy this year with different encoding for the kickstarter-funded 18-cert Independent horror thriller feature film Strangers Within from director Liam Hooper with distribution by Three Wolves. In March we authored a DVD for the movie that was replicated by Sony and sold via Am...

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Live Filming & Vision Mixing for Bridgwater Carnival 2017

Published Wednesday 8 November 2017 by Stu in Video Production

Saturday 4th November and we were up early to set-up our gear for the 2017 Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, the largest illuminated procession in Britain. Once again Maniac Films were on location with a 7 person crew to document the event all day and night. It was rather cold and we had a f...

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Sound crew hire for shoot in Copenhagen

Published Monday 30 October 2017 by Stu in Crew Hire

Stu has just returned from a 2 day shoot in Copenhagen, where he fulfilled the role of sound recordist for an e-learning Health & Safety film with GSL Media. The shoot was for a major pharmaceutical company at their headquarters. The crew were there to film a series of short dr...

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CD production for Peter Bruntnell Live in the Firth album

Published Wednesday 25 October 2017 by Stu in Disc Production

Devon based singer/songwriter Peter Bruntnell ihas just released a new live album titled 'Live in the Firth' which features live versions of 15 of Peter's tracks from previous albums. The album was, as is stated in the album notes, 'Recorded one evening in Danny's ki...

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DCP encode for Animation short

Published Thursday 19 October 2017 by Mark in Post Production

We have just created a DCP (Digital Cinema package - an encoding really) for Andrew Woodward’s short film entitled 'Homunculus Clockwork AI' for it's first screening at the Berlin Sci-fi Film Festival in November. Andrew is based in Devon and popped over to our studio wit...

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DVD authoring for Category 8: Destruction Earth film

Published Wednesday 4 October 2017 by Stu in Disc Production

We have just completed DVD authoring for a new DVD release of Category 8: Destruction Earth - directed by Kevin Fair and starring Matthew Modine, Maxim Roy, Ted Whittall, Trevor Hayes, Jack Hillcroft & Kate Drummond Authored as part of our on-going partnership with Three Wolves prod...

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Pro Trainer Course filming for Absolute Dogs

Published Thursday 28 September 2017 by Stu in Video Production

We have been filming in a brand new and rather luxurious location with the team from Absolute Dogs. They hired a beach side house in nearby Woolacombe with stunning views over the bay to use as a filming location for their upcoming Pro Dog Trainer online course. We shot the entire train...

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'Leash off game on' DVD has shipped over 13000 copies

Published Thursday 14 September 2017 by Stu in Video Production

In March 2017 we filmed and edited the 'Leash Off, Game On' DVD for the team at AbsoluteDogs. The DVD is aimed at dog owners who worry about letting their dog off of the lead, perhaps because they will run off, or chase other dogs. The 45 minute DVD is FREE to anyone who wants ...

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Realm of the Damned now on Amazon with Closed Captions

Published Wednesday 16 August 2017 by Mark in Post Production

The full on black metal animated motion comic 'Realm of the Damned' (Tenebris Deos) featuring a heavy metal soundtrack from 'Sons of Balaur' has finally made its way to Amazon Prime with a little help from the Maniacs here in Devon. We created Closed Captions (Subtitles) fo...

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