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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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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!!

-Michelle

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

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'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

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

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

-Callum

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

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

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

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

-Pantelis

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

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

-Jack Bamford

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

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

-Jason Miller, Tinderbox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Latest News, Announcements & Projects

Fuel Tank Inspection Video for Greenergy International

Published Tuesday 6 December 2016 by Mark in Video Production

The first in a series of short 'behind the scenes' videos we are producing for Greenergy International is now online on their YouTube channel. Greenergy supply more then a quarter of the UKs road fuel, supplying to oil companies and supermarkets and are a branded wholesaler to Esso...

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Engineering Nonlinearity videos now online

Published Monday 28 November 2016 by Mark in Video Production

We have created a series of short films from the Engineering Nonlinearity (ENL) Conference held at Southampton University earlier in the year. The main project overview film (click on the link above or watch the ENL project video on this link) explains what this 5 year EPSRC-funded project...

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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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Ren & Stimpy DVD box set authoring

Published Thursday 17 November 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

We have just completed the authoring for a 6-disc box set release of the 90's cult cartoon classic Ren & Stimpy (The Ren & Stimpy Show). Ren & Stimpy follows the adventures of Ren, an emotionally unstable chihuahua, and Stimpy, a good-natured, dimwitted cat. The duo fill...

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Live filming, vision mixing + DVD & Blu-ray production for Bridgwater Carnival 2016

Published Wednesday 9 November 2016 by Stu in Video Production

Saturday 5th November saw the return of the annual Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, the largest illuminated procession in Britain. Once again Maniac FIlms were on location with a 7 man crew to document the event. After 2 years of providing cameras, crew and live vision mixing for the big...

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Niki Perry Yoga DVD Authoring & Duplication

Published Wednesday 2 November 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

We have been working with Niki Perry of Niki Perry Yoga to produce copies of her new DVD, Transform Now. Transform Now contains 4 yoga exercises, ranging from beginners to advanced and an extra film covering breathing techniques. The exercises or 'flows' range from 30-75mins in ...

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Halloween trailer production for Billie's Kid Book

Published Monday 31 October 2016 by Stu in Post Production

We have been working on a spooky new trailer for Billie's Kid, just in time for Halloween Written by Steve Tucker, who was adopted as a baby, Billies Kid is the true story of his search to find his biological mother and to discover where he came from. Better known as the frontman fo...

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Mise Éire DVD & Blu-ray build for Gael Linn & IFI

Published Tuesday 25 October 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

We have been working with the Irish Film Institute (IFI) and Gael Linn to create both DVD and Blu-ray releases of Mise Éire. Made in 1959, Mise Éire is a documentary which tells of events in Ireland leading up to, during, and immediately after the 1916 Easter Rising, extensiv...

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Sound crew hire in Plymouth for GSL Media

Published Monday 24 October 2016 by Stu in Crew Hire

Stu has just returned from a day in Plymouth where he was working as a sound recordist for a corporate video with GSL Media. The shoot was for major manufacturing firm and the crew were there to film a series of mock meetings, shot from the perspective of a manager, which will be used f...

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DVD authoring for Dark Was The Night feature

Published Tuesday 18 October 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

We have just completed DVD authoring for the 2016 DVD release of Dark Was The Night, a 2014 American thriller film directed and produced by Jack Heller, and written by Tyler Hisel. The film stars Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas and Bianca Kajlich and the screenplay for The Trees (later to beco...

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4K slo-mo filming with Torville & Dean for TV advert

Published Monday 26 September 2016 by Stu in Crew Hire

In our 3rd year of working together, we have once again been on set with production company Colour 247 to assist with the filming of a number of Television, Cinema & web adverts for the 2016 pantomime at the Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Cinderella. The shots were all filmed against a...

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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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New Promo Videos for Holidaycottages.co.uk

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 Holidaycottages.co.uk in the Bideford area. The videos feature staff and local customers talking about how Holidaycottages.co.uk have helped them setup for holida...

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Filming Ragamuffins balloon hunt in Ilfracombe

Published Friday 26 August 2016 by Stu in Video Production

Stu spent a day filming in Ilfracombe with Ragamuffin Lewis - star of The Adventures Of Ragamuffin Lewis, capturing footage for two new episodes of his internet series. Stu was joined on set by Simon Cotter, who had been called in as a camera assistant/runner for the day. The day sta...

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The Animals of Farthing Wood DVD 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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