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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 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 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

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

-Jason Miller, Tinderbox

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

-Dr Mellios, Bristol University

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

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

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

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.


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

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

-Jack Bamford

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


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

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

-Oli Chopping

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 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

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

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

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

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!!


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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Mark Brindle is a judge at Ilfracombe Film Festival 2018

Published Tuesday 24 April 2018 by Stu in Miscellaneous

Over the weekend of the 20-22nd April 2018, North Devon played host to the glitz & glamour of the 2018 Ilfracombe Film Festival. The festival played host to a wide range of both blockbuster and indie films and even saw the town being invaded by zombies on Friday night! As part of t...

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DVD production: 'Sympathy for the Devil' Documentary

Published Monday 23 April 2018 by Stu in Disc Production

What is The Process? This is the opening question of a documentary by Neil Edwards. The documentary is called 'Sympathy for the Devil? The true story of The Process' and it has featured in a number of festivals as well as winning one. We were contacted by TwoFour with regards 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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Sound crew & teleprompter hire for hospital training film

Published Friday 20 April 2018 by Stu in Crew Hire

We sent Stu down to London for a day with Ben from GSL Media. Ben had hired Stu in as a sound recording for a training video shoot in a major London eye hospital. Stu also took along our iPad Teleprompter system which Ben had hired for the shoot. Stu was part of a 4 person crew, workin...

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Sound crew hire for shoot in Geneva

Published Wednesday 28 March 2018 by Stu in Crew Hire

Stu has just returned from a short corporate shoot in Geneva, Switzerland for GSL Media. Stu was part of a crew who were filming 6 interviews with some of the top people in a major inspection, verification, testing and certification company. The interviews will form part of a new onl...

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BDCMF encoding for Blu-ray replication

Published Tuesday 20 March 2018 by Stu in Info & Pricing

BDCMF Blu-ray encoding from £25 + vat. Blu-ray Replication Pretty much all Blu-ray replicators in the world, and there are roughly only 30 factories now, only accept Blu-ray masters for replication in the form of BDCMF. Unfortunately not all Blu-ray authoring software can ...

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Aputure C300D LED film lighting upgraded

Published Tuesday 20 March 2018 by Stu in Rental News

Our Aputure LS C300d LED COB Daylight light have just been upgraded with a new filter over the LED element. The original batch of lights had a slight issue,where the LS C300d bare bulb may cause a very slight green tint at the edges of the light's cast. It wasn't visible is using ...

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Aputure lighting hire for Fitness centre promo film

Published Tuesday 20 March 2018 by Stu in Rental News

Back in February 2018 we hired our Aputure LED panel kit and 1m Glidetrack Slider to Matt of Province Media to shoot a promotional film for Matt Luxton Heath & Fitness. The film was shot using Matt's GH5 in a day on location at the fitness centre. Matt used the Aputure lights hi...

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CD Duplication & design for Josh Beer

Published Thursday 15 March 2018 by Stu in Disc Production

We have been working with local country musician Josh Beer to create 200 copies of his new 4 track EP. Working with a local print shop, we designed the artwork for the cardboard CD wallet (which will be produced at the printers) and also the artwork for the CD face, which we printed in ...

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New Ultimate Bublé theatre tour promo film

Published Monday 26 February 2018 by Stu in Video Production

We have been working with Mark Daniels, otherwise known as Ultimate Bublé, one of the UK's leading Michael Bublé tribute acts. Mark has an upcoming theatre tour and he wanted to produce a new promotional video to build excitement about the shows. Mark has recently been...

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Blu-Ray BDCMF authoring for RIAT 2017 replication

Published Friday 9 February 2018 by Stu in Disc Production

We have been working with Iain from to provide BDCMF conversion for their latest Blu-Ray release. Each year PlanesTV produce a DVD and Blu-ray release of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). This is made available for same online through the Air Tattoo website, Planes...

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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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Honour Amongst Men DVD Authoring

Published Wednesday 17 January 2018 by Mark in Disc Production

We have just completed DVD authoring of a new DVD release of Honour Amongst Men - a second World War movie directed by Rick Roberts and starring Tim Seyfert, Alexander Guiney, Fergus Rees, Paul Hampton and Gareth Bennett-Ryan. Authored as part of our on-going partnership with Three Wolv...

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New SSD recorder for the Blackmagic URSA Mini

Published Thursday 11 January 2018 by Stu in Rental News

Now available - The Blackmagic SSD recorder for the URSA Mini & URSA mini Pro cameras - ideal for longer recording times than CFAST cards. Blackmagic have brought out some fantastic 4K cameras recently, but one issue is the CFAST recording media, which is expensive and also doesn...

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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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