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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


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 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

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

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

-Oli Chopping

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 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 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

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

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 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

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'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

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

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

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

-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

-Jack Bamford

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

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

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.


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

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

'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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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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Tascam DR-10C micro audio recorders in stock

Published Tuesday 15 August 2017 by Stu in Rental News

Maniac Films now stock the Tascam DR-10CS micro Linear PCM audio recorder. (for specs and hire prices see our Hire page) This is a fantastic little device that solves an issue that we would occasionally face when using radio mics - radio interference. Although radio mic systems are bec...

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Sound crew & camera hire for Pharmaceutical company film

Published Wednesday 9 August 2017 by Stu in Crew Hire

Stu has been visiting the offices of a major pharmaceutical company near London with Ben from GSL Media. They were there to film sections for an online training module for new company starters. Stu was on location with his preferred location audio kit to ensure the best sound possible was ...

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'Louder' music video by Leave Before Dawn shot on Sony a7S II

Published Tuesday 8 August 2017 by Stu in Rental News

Back in March 2017 we hired the Sony a7S II camera, LED lighting, a camera rig and Blackmagic monitor to Matt of Province Media to shoot a music video for the new single by Leave Before Dawn - 'Louder'. Although the video has been ready for a while, it has only just been release...

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Working the Sea Documentary DVD Authoring & Replication

Published Friday 4 August 2017 by Stu in Disc Production

Delivery has just been made of 1000 copies of 'Working the Sea', a documentary looking at the fishing and coastal heritage of Sidmouth. The 40 minute film tells the story of Sidmouth's fishing heritage by following one resilient family, the Bagwells, from the war years onwar...

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NBN Live event filming for Absolute Dogs

Published Thursday 20 July 2017 by Stu in Video Production

The Maniac team spent a rather soggy Wednesday filming a live dog training event with the crew from AbsoluteDogs. We were on location at a holiday park near Okehampton for 'Naughty But Nice Live', a week long event aimed at helping dog owners to train their unruly pets through a n...

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Teradek VidiU Live streaming kit

Published Wednesday 12 July 2017 by Stu in Rental News

Maniac Films now stock the Teradek VidiU Pro Live HD Streamer (for specs and hire prices see our Hire page), a fantastic little box that can encode and live stream HD video straight to Youtube, Facebook and more. It can stream up to 1080i60/p30. The VidiU Pro can be connected to the int...

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Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K available for hire

Published Thursday 22 June 2017 by Stu in Rental News

The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K EF camera is now in stock at Maniac Films The URSA Mini Pro features the same sensor as the 4.6K URSA Mini, but it features a built-in 4 stage ND filter, loads of extra external controls to make it easier to change settings while filming, new ...

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Aliens vs College Girls DVD Authoring

Published Thursday 15 June 2017 by Stu in Disc Production

Aliens vs College Girls is a new science fiction film for which we have just completed the DVD authoring. It will be available to buy online and in stores soon. Following is a synopsis of the film: Offering only the finest amenities, the TITAN 1C space-cruiser is considered the most lu...

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Film & sound crew hire for the Festival of Wonder

Published Monday 15 May 2017 by Stu in Crew Hire

The Maniac team have just returned from a weekend trip to Guildford in Surrey to film part of The Festival of Wonder, a one day festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University of Surrey. The event was held across multiple campuses and venues and involved both live music and als...

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Web video content filming with Absolute Dogs

Published Thursday 4 May 2017 by Stu in Video Production

We have spent the day at Devon Dogs, filming a series of lessons and games for the AbsoluteDogs online community. Absolute Dogs offer a wide range of training options, to help owners to improve the behaviour, temperament and fitness of their dogs. We filmed a range of different lessons/...

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Additional CD duplication for Peter Bruntnell's Ringo Woz Ere album

Published Monday 24 April 2017 by Stu in Disc Production

We have just completed another duplication run of the album 'Ringo woz ere' by Devon based singer/songwriter Peter Bruntnell. Originally released in 2012, the album continues to sell well and Pete was in need of some more to sell on his website and at live gigs.   The...

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'Artisan' CD duplication & printing for Mike Stocks (Pix)

Published Thursday 20 April 2017 by Stu in Disc Production

We have just completed a short run of CD's for local musician Mike Stock (also known as Pix & Mr Pickles). The album is Mikes latest release - 'Artisan'. Mike is an accomplished painter & Tattoo artist as well as a musician and the cover artwork is adorned with some ...

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Location audio crew for corporate film in plymouth

Published Thursday 20 April 2017 by Stu in Crew Hire

We sent Stu and his location audio kit down to Plymouth for a one day shoot with Ben from GSL Media. Ben was shooting a short drama for a major pharmaceutical firm which will be used as part of the companys internal e-learning system. The shoot was based in an office building and used ...

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Filming an online training course with Absolute Dogs

Published Thursday 30 March 2017 by Stu in Video Production

Despite being based on a farm near Okehampton, Dog training specialist AbsoluteDogs have gained a worldwide online following with students across the globe. Part of this success is because of their online training courses and popular web series. We have been filming with the team from A...

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