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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

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

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

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

-Jason Miller, Tinderbox

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

-M Cassini, Fit Roads

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


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

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

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

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

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

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!!


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 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 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

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

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

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

-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz

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

-Jack Bamford

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

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

-Oli Chopping

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'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

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

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 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 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

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DVD authoring for The Dark Corner 70th anniversary

Published Wednesday 4 May 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

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Sound crew hire for GSL shoot in Brussels

Published Wednesday 4 May 2016 by Stu in Crew Hire

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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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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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DCP building for Ilfracombe Film Festival

Published Friday 15 April 2016 by Mark in Post Production

We have been building DCP (Digital Cinema Packages) for lots of short films for the Big Film Weekend at Ilfracombe Cinema. The Ilfracombe film festival is screening loads of 'Sea' related films over the weekend of 22-24th April 2016 with classic films like South Pacific, Point Brea...

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Sapphire v9 upgrade for Davinci Resolve

Published Monday 11 April 2016 by Mark in Post Production

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Filming for the Ragamuffin launch party

Published Tuesday 5 April 2016 by Stu in Video Production

Stu has just returned from the world famous Elstree Studios in London where he has been covering the launch event for The Adventures Of Ragamuffin Lewis -  new 26 part Youtube series starring Ragamuffin. Ragamuffin (a very well behaved dog) has become a firm favourite in the office...

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Costume photoshoot with Ragamuffin

Published Wednesday 30 March 2016 by Stu in Photography

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The Inhabitants DVD Authoring for retail

Published Monday 21 March 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

We have just finished authoring a new DVD release for Three Wolves, The Inhabitants. This film has some pedigree in that it is from the writers of John Carpenters 'The Ward'. The Inhabitants is a horror film that was released in 2015. It tells the story of a couple who buy an hi...

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CD duplication for Jim Watts

Published Thursday 17 March 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

Tiverton based blues musician Jim Watts got in touch with us, with regards to getting a duplication run of CDs back in August 2015. Jim has just collected a second run duplication run from us as the previous run have all sold out. The album '@ the acoustic warehouse' is a col...

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Serco Training multi-lingual DVD authoring

Published Wednesday 16 March 2016 by Mark in Disc Production

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Countdown Photoshoot with Ragamuffin

Published Tuesday 15 March 2016 by Stu in Photography

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Music video filming for Gina Hocking

Published Monday 14 March 2016 by Mark in Crew Hire

We have spent the day shooting green screen and other scenes for two new music videos for session singer Gina Hocking from Appledore. We used an IPad slate application to sync the sound for Malcolm Stretten the song writer and editor to use in post to synchronise the takes for the final vi...

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River Monsters Italian DVD box set coming soon

Published Monday 14 March 2016 by Mark in Disc Production

We're just starting to work on a new DVD box set for River Monsters, the popular extreme fishing TV show starring fisherman and biologist Jeremy Wade. We will be building the 48 episodes into a set of discs for the Italian Market with dubbed Italian langauge. We will be creating new me...

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VFX shots for Scareycrows comedy-horror feature

Published Monday 14 March 2016 by Mark in Post Production

We have been working on a number of VFX shots to help finish off the independent feature Scareycrows. Filmed at various locations in Devon, Scareycrows is a feature length comedy-horror film about a trainee hairdresser fighting to save her boyfriend from a horde of killer scarecrows. We...

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Authoring for City Of Dreamers DVD release

Published Friday 11 March 2016 by Stu in Disc Production

We have just completed the DVD authoring for the upcoming release of City Of Dreamers. Originally shot in 2012, the film will now get a full UK DVD release. The film follows Rose. She is an aspiring musician who moves to Brighton, keen to forget the world she's left behind, and i...

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