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

-Oli Chopping

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

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

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 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

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!!


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

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

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

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

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

-M Cassini, Fit Roads

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

-Jack Bamford

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

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


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

-Jason Miller, Tinderbox

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 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

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 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

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 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 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

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

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


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

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Latest News, Announcements & Projects

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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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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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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Rugby fllming with Ragamuffin Lewis

Published Tuesday 24 May 2016 by Stu in Video Production

On Monday, Stu was asked to meet Ragamuffin Lewis - star of The Adventures Of Ragamuffin Lewis - at Ilfracombe Rugby club for a video & photoshoot. Ragamuffin & his owner Fiona were meeting with Fiona's brother (a former professional rugby player in Hong Kong) for a bit of r...

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3D Model Tool Video for The Inflatable Wall Company

Published Monday 23 May 2016 by Mark in Video Production

We have just finished a new video for Bideford-based The Inflatable Wall Company (IWC™) showcasing their 3D Model Tool package. The 3D models of their inflatable walls, windows and doorways are used for designing different room layouts and allow for visualization of the buildings for...

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DVD authoring for Lucky Lady re-release

Published Monday 23 May 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

Maniac Films have been working on a DVD re-release of the 1975 comedy-drama film 'Lucky Lady', starring Gene Hackman, Liza Minellia and Burt Reynolds Set during the Prohibition era, we follow a young widow, Claire (Liza Minelli), who gets involved in liquor smuggling and romance...

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Sound crew hire in Kent for GSL Media

Published Monday 23 May 2016 by Stu in Crew Hire

Stu has just returned from a 2 day shoot in Kent for a corporate video with Plymouth based GSL Media as a sound recordist. The shoot was for  a company specialising in the creation of scents and flavours. The crew were there to film a series of mock interviews, shot from the perspe...

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Teleprompter hire for GSL media

Published Monday 23 May 2016 by Stu in Rental News

Our iPad Teleprompter kit has just returned from a corporate video shoot in Kent with GSL Media Ben, MD at GSL Media, got in touch becuase he had an upcoming corporate shoot which required actors to speak into the camera as if addressing an interviewer. However the scripts contained a l...

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Camera & Lens Hire for Sophie for As It is Gig

Published Monday 16 May 2016 by Mark in Rental News

We've been helping out Sophie Gray with a DSLR camera and Zoom Lens for the AS IT IS Gig in Plymouth. She is the official photographer at the Plymouth gig (at The Hub) and has generated some great images with our Canon 5D3 and Canon L series 70-200mm lens package. Follow S...

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Maniac Films to Produce the Next Three Years Bridgwater Carnival DVD & Blu-ray

Published Thursday 12 May 2016 by Mark in Video Production

We are very pleased to announce that we have won the contract to provide multi-camera filming for the Bridgwater Carnival and to produce the DVD and Blu-ray for the very popular event for the next 3 years. We have been filming the Carnival for 4 years now providing multi-camera equipment a...

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Audio kit hire for filming in Calais Jungle

Published Monday 9 May 2016 by Stu in Rental News

We have just provided audio equipment to Simon from RUWAC Films for a week of shooting in the 'Calais Jungle'. The Calais Jungle is the nickname given to a migrant encampment in the vicinity of Calais, France, where migrants live while they attempt to enter the United Kingdom. ...

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DVD authoring for The Dark Corner 70th anniversary

Published Wednesday 4 May 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

We have just completed DVD authoring for a re-release of the 1946 black & white film 'The Dark Corner'. The film tells the story of Bradford Galt (Mark Stevens), a tough private investigator who, when he realizes that he's being followed, confronts his assailant, a shift...

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Sound crew hire for GSL shoot in Brussels

Published Wednesday 4 May 2016 by Stu in Crew Hire

Stu has been working with Plymouth based GSL Media as a sound recordist on a location shoot in Belgium. The shoot was for a training video for a major car manufacturer and involved filming at a number of locations over 3 days. The aim was to film the journey through the car design proce...

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Glidecam vest & remote follow focus hire for GSL media

Published Tuesday 3 May 2016 by Stu in Rental News

Our new Glidecam Steadicam Vest and the Redrcok Micro Remote Follow Focus have just spent 3 days in Brussels with Ben from GSL Media. Ben has owned a Glidecam steadicam for a couple of years now and uses it on a lot of shoots, but often finds that it quickly becomes heavy and his arm be...

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Filming Ragamuffins Birthday party

Published Monday 2 May 2016 by Stu in Video Production

On Sunday, Stu attented the 3rd birthday celebrations for Ragamuffin Lewis - star of The Adventures Of Ragamuffin Lewis. Stu was there to provide both video and photographic services - capturing the party, the guests and the games. Ragamuffin has been a regular at Maniac recently, so...

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More VFX cleanups for Devon feature Scareycrows

Published Friday 29 April 2016 by Mark in Post Production

We have finished another three Visual effects shots for Devon Independant feature Scareycrows - these were all 'clean up' shots to remove unwanted reflections in mirrors in a scene inside a Hairdresser salon. One shot had what looked like an XLR audio cable in shot in the mirror pl...

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