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Maniac Films are an award-winning media production company based in beautiful North Devon, UK. We make films including 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. We offer camera and camera accessory rental and use our experience to help you choose the best gear to suit your needs and budget.

We provide a full DVD production service, from DVD authoring to DLT tape for mastering, DVD disc and packaging artwork design and can provide very competitive pricing for large scale DVD replication (1000+ pressed DVDs) or short-run DVD-R duplication using a very high quality disc printing process in-house. We also produce Blu-ray discs and Dual-layer DVDs for replication or playback at exhibitions and conferences.
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Recent Projects:

New 2014 Media Apprenticeship opportunity at Maniac Films. Click here for details

Genesis Surf Shop Summer clothing lines 2014

Virtual tour film and website for St Anne's Chapel

Universe Inspectors Documentary edit

Promotional film for Blue Fizz Events
How-To video for Nalu Beads

Website re-design and re-brand for ECombat Wholesale (formerly Battlefield Sports) still ongoing

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Blu-ray production, authoring and replication

July 2014 - Blu-ray production for Isle of Man TT 2014 official review.

We have been working on the Blu-Ray release of the Isle of Man TT 2014 official review. This is our 3rd year working with content producers Duke to design and author the Blu-Ray complete with motion and pop-up menus.
The 4 hour feature + a 15min special feature were edited by Duke Marketing, encoded by an external company and sent to us. Using Artwork and logo assets send by Duke with the video we designed a motion menu with pop-up menu features, a separate pop-up menu for the main feature & the special feature and finally created a master copy of the disk.
Because the disk is being replicated we used a special piece of software to incorporate copy protection into the master files. These files will be used at the factory to create the glass master and then replicate 1000's of copies for sale.
The final product will be sold in stores and on Amazon alongside a DVD version.

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Amazing feedback received for CMC apprenticeship film

July 2014 - Amazing feedback for CMC Apprenticeship film

In May we released the newly completed Apprenticeships showcase film created for CMC (Cumbria Museums Consortium).
Since the film was posted by the CMC on their apprenticeships blog they have received a lot of positive feedback and they were so pleased that they created a new blog post to show all of the comments!
Feedback included: "It's really lively and colourful and fun, and I enjoyed learning about the apprentices' experiences", "They've done such a good job on the production", "Super! It's good, and fun to watch" and "Thoroughly enjoyed it, it was brilliant - what stars!".
There were many more very positive comments which you can read here - CMC Apprenticeship Blog. You can also check out the film on Youtube - click here or Vimeo - click here to see what all of the buzz is about!

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July 2014 - North Devon Wake Park promo film completed

Last month we visited the new North Devon Wake Parkbased at The Milky Way near Clovelly to film their site and top riders for a promo film.
Well the film is now complete and online - click on the link below to view it.

The promo is short at just under 40seconds and was produced for use as an advert to be shown prior to film screenings at the Croyde Deckchair Cinema.
We have also sent a copy to the Wake park and they have already posed it onto their Facebook as a promotional tool.


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Crew and equipment hire services

June 2014 - 200fps slo-mo filming for Wookey Hole TV spots

It's always fun to take on a new challenge. Today we were filming in Bristol with Colour 247 using a Sony FS-700 camera filming at 200 frames per second (normal video runs at 25-30fps!). We were called in to help with capturing the super slo-mo action which was filmed against a green screen. The footage will be mixed with 3D graphics to create a series of new tv adverts for Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset..
Filming involved a family reacting to a number of scenarios while Mark and the Colour247 team very quickly tracked 180degrees around them using a dolly. The combination of the dolly movement and 1/8th speed will create an effect similar to bullet time - a technique made famous in the Matrix movies.

Although challenging to work with a new technique - the shoot went well and the footage looks fantastic! We can't wait to see the finished adverts!

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Sports venue promotional video services

June 2014 - Promo video filming at the North Devon Wake Park

We have just returned from a fun afternoon at the North Devon Wake Park based at The Milky Way near Clovelly in North Devon. This new facility allows you to try wakeboarding using a cable tow system on their 300m long lake.
We were invited along to film their riders for a new promotional advert which will be shown on their website and at the upcoming Croyde Deckchair Cinema.

Mark & our work experience student Toby captured the action on the Sony PWM-200 while Stu waded out into the lake with the Canon 7D to capture still images.

The owners were also kind enough to let us have a go at wakeboarding which was great fun, if not very tiring!

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how-to promotional video filming for Nalu Beads

June 2014 - 'How-to' video filming with Nalu Beads

We were joined in the studio today by Rae from Nalu Beads
Nalu Beads manufacture beautiful glass beads, which along with a range of coloured leather thongs, can be made into customised bracelets, necklaces & anklets.

To help their customers in their creations, the ladies at Nalu Beads felt that they needed to replace their step-by-step pictorial instructions with a series of 'how-to' videos.

To film this, we built a custom camera rig to give us a birds eye view of the bracelet construction and also filmed a 2nd close-up angle using the Sony PMW-200.
We still need to record the voiceover for the videos but the visual edit is looking great!

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Mark gives a talk to the WI

June 2014 - Mark Brindle gives a presentation to the Bradworthy WI.

Mark Brindle, Maniac Films owner & Director, was recently invited to speak at the June 4th meeting of the Bradworthy Women&39;s Institute.
Mark took along a short showreel and a number of short film pieces, including some before and after grading/rotoscoping shots.
The ladies enjoyed the presentation and seemed particularly interested in how you can remove small blemishes on an actress/models face (the example shown was for a skin care advert)
Following the presentation, Mark received an e-mail from one member as follows" "Much belated thanks for a most interesting and entertaining presentation last month at the Bradworthy WI. We all thoroughly enjoyed seeing and hearing about some of your projects. It was fascinating and very different."
Though not his first time giving a talk about filmmaking, Mark thoroughly enjoyed the experience. If you would like Mark to give a talk to your presentation or group, please get in touch.

DVD duplication for Rohan Green

June 2014 - Work placement for Imogen

Just before starting the interview process for our new apprentice, we were joined for a week by Imogen, who is currently studying Animation at Falmouth University.
As part of her course she is required to gain experience by spending time with companies like ourselves and we were happy to let her join the team.
During her week we introduced her to photography and the use of SLR cameras and lenses. Understanding how depth of field works will be useful in her animations in future. She also worked in photoshop and assisted on a shoot at an estate agents. She even made an appearance as a customer.
We are always happy to help young up and coming talent where possible and we wish Imogen the best for Uni and beyond.

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May 2014 - CMC Apprenticeship film completed

In March we told you about our greenscreen shoot in Cumbria with apprentices from the CMC (Cumbria Museums Consortium)
The film is finished and is now available to view online. We used a combination of Final Cut, Motion and DaVinci Resolve10 to grade the footage, remove the green background and create a series of animations to suit the subject of the film.

The aim was to promote the apprenticeship scheme being run by the CMC through positive messages from the young people who have been taking part. Helen, our contact at the CMC, was very pleased with the final outcome and the consortium have posted the video onto their Vimeo channel
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DVD duplication for Rohan Green

May 2014 - DVD duplication for 'Home Economics' film

We have just completed a DVD print & duplication run for 'Home Economics', the new film by award winning director Rohan Green.
Home Economics is a short film set in the aftermath of the London riots. It focuses primarily around the tale of Lola, an ex-convict who has just been released from prison, and her reunion with her friends and family set against the backdrop of the 2012 London Riots.
Rohan sent us the artwork for the disc print and a completed DVD master. We printed his artwork on to discs, duplicated the film and returned the completed discs to Rohan complete with clear plastic wallets.
Rohan secured funding from the British Council Youth in Action program to make the film - for more information visit the film website - www.homeeconomicsfilm.com

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DVD authoring for mass replication

May 2014 - DVD production & authoring for the Irish Film Institute

The Irish Film Archive, Part of the Irish Film Institute has been working on a 2 disk dvd set documenting the films of irish director Thaddeus O'Sullivan.
The films were transferred from 35mm film into a digital format and cleaned up by in-house techs at the IFI. But when it came to building a DVD they needed outside assistance.
We were sent the finished films along with artwork. Using this we created animated menus for both DVD's and encoded the films before exporting them in a format suitable to replication.
The IFI are very pleased with the final disks and as I type they are being replicated by our long term working partners Eurodiscs.

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May 2014 - CD duplication for Melvin Eveleigh's debut album

Melvin Eveleigh, frontman of Croyde's legendary Universe Inspectors has been busy recording his debut solo album - 10 Knots in The Right Direction
Melv worked with producer Peter Bruntnell to record the album and the cover artwork was designed by Jim Jones.

Jim sent the artwork to us and we prepared a CD jewel case tray insert, 4page cover booklet and disk print for Melv.
We also re-built the master disc to include CD text and then duplicated the 1st run for Melv.
Melv's excitement when he collected the disks was infectious and he was so pleased that he bounced back to his car!

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May 2014 - DVD production & authoring for The Slayers

Filmmaker Alex Poray recently made headlines in north devon when, while filming a scene for his new film - The Slayers, staged kidnapping prompted the arrival of the police.
Despite this setback Alex has finished the film and approached Maniac to help with DVD authoring.
Alex had edited the film in iMovie and due to a few format issues he brought his computer into the office so that we could help him to export the film in a suitable format. We then converted and prepared the film for DVD. We also designed the disk artwork and DVD menus. Cover artwork was supplied by Alex.
The final film was presented in a professional looking DVD package, ready for submission to a number of film festivals.
For more info see the Slayers facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/theslayers666

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DVD authoring and menu design

April 2014 - DVD authoring for British Heart Foundation.

The British Heart Foundation carry out amazing work and recently they worked with TwoFour to produce a series of films on the theme of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) in children and how to support & raise a child born with it.
Once the films were completed Twofour asked us to assist with the DVD authoring. The DVD will be handed out to parents of babies born with CHD so we were proud to take part.
We designed a number of DVD menus using artwork assets supplied to us & following BHF brand guidelines. Once the designs were signed off we took the pre-encoded films (19 in total), built the menu structure, added subtitles to each film and finally created master disks to be used for replication.
We really hope that the DVD will go some way to helping parents of children with CHD.

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DVD authoring and menu design

April 2014 - CD master creation for Upsy Hill - Journey

In partnership with DVD & CD replication specialist Eurodiscs, we have just built a master CD for replication for French band Upsy Hill - a 3track EP titled 'Journey'.

The tracks were sent to us via the internet along with a track listing. We added artist, album and track names to the disc as CD text and created a master copy ready for replication.
The files were then sent back to Eurodiscs via FTP in preparation for replication.

The EP is now available for sale from the band via Facebook - Upsy Hill on Facebook

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4K promo video filming for John Smale and Co

March 2014 - John Smale & Co promo filming

We have just returned from a shoot at Barnstaple based estate agents John Smale & Co. We were filming a piece to camera with managing director David Edwards as part of an upcoming promotional video that will be featured on their website.

John Smale & Co is the oldest estate agents firm in North Devon (over 100 yrs old) and is still a family run business.

In the next few weeks we will be re-visiting the office to film cutaway shots of staff and sample properties in order to finish the film. To film the interview we used our new Blackmagic 4K camera.

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March 2014 - CD duplication for Far North District

Local band Far North District, have just finished recording their new 4 track EP and needed to quickly produce a number of copies before the launch party.
Tony from the band contacted us a week before the launch. He had already designed artwork for the cover and disk and after a quick chat he decided to go with a printed cardboard wallet for the album.
We were easily able to get the CD's completed in time (despite a quick cover re-design to fit the new wallet format) and the launch party was a success.
Update: Since writing this the band have returned for more copies having sold out of the 1st batch. Let's hope that they keep selling well in preparation for a full album!

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March 2014 - Interview With The Surfer film repair & conversion

Local legend Trev 'Toes' Lumley has been a key figure on the North Devon scene for as long as we can remember.
In October Trev popped into the office brandishing a battered looking VHS tape. On the tape was a short film made in the 90's called Interview With The Surfer.
Trev himself appears in the film and he felt that it was time this "masterpiece" saw the light of day.

We digitised the tape, cleaned up the footage as best we could and also repaired the sound which was quite noisy.
The 26 min film is now available to view on Youtube - http://youtu.be/OXrcUE_Qphw

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DVD production for National Grid

March 2014 - National Grid gas pensions DVD authoring

TwoFour productions have been working with the National Grid to create a DVD for staff informing them about changes to their gas pension scheme and how it may affect them.
The completed films were sent to us by Twofour along with a folder of artwork assets and branding guidelines.
Using this we designed a number of DVD menus and also the DVD disk artwork. Once the designs were signed off we took the pre-encoded films, built the menu structure and finally created master disks to be used for replication.

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March 2014 - Updated promo films for Inflatable Wall Company

We have jsut finished updating a number of existing promotional films for The Inflatable Wall Company, suppliers of inflatable training walls to the military and emergency services.
The re-edits include new footage of soldiers training with the company's equipment shot by Stu in Brecon back in February. we also recorded new voice-overs for some of the films.

The video on the left (click on the arrow below to load the clip) is an overview of the products. We also re-edited films showing the results of extensive stress tests and a number of instructional films.

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4K greenscreen filming for CMC promotional film

March 2014 - Cumbria Museums Apprenticeship filming

In March the Maniac team journeyed to Cumbria to film a number of greenscreen interviews with apprentices working throughout the CMC (Cumbria Museums Consortium), a partnership of 3 museum in Cumbria.
The CMC wanted to promote their work with young people through the apprenticeship scheme. The apprentices had been working across all 3 sites (The Wordsworth Trust, Lakeland Arts & Tullie House Museum). We filmed using a green screen and our new Blackmagic 4K camera. We had to conduct a series of tests prior to shooting to ensure that the camera footage, wehn ingested into DaVinci 10 and using LUTs within the software, would give us a clean green to pull a key from.
We will be editing the footage and creating a series of animations to use in the film over the next few weeks. See the CMC apprentices blog post about the shoot - here

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4K promo film grading & rotoscoping

March 2014 - Colour grade and rotoscoping for Atramentum 4K edit

Local photographer & filmmaker, Christopher Lane, has asked us again to work on the colour grading for a 4K (Ultra High Definition) edit.
The video is a promotional piece for use on his showreel and takes the form of a fictitious skin-care brand advert. The piece was edited on Avid by a film editor and then passed to us for grading.

As well as the grade which was carried out by mark, Stu also had to carry out some Rotoscoping work on two clips. In these clips the model is looking at the camera while sat in a bath, suggesting nudity. However the model's bra was showing against the side of her breast and Stu had to remove the offending item frame by frame.
The final video can be seen now on Vimeo on on Chris' website christopherlane.co.uk

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Promotional & corporate film production

March 2014 - new promotional film for Blue Fizz Events

Based in North Devon, Blue Fizz Events are a bespoke events management company.
Managing director Tracy got in touch with us to help with a short promo film that was to be used for a competition entry. The competition was to discover the best local companies in Devon and she needed to showcase Blue Fizz in the best way possible.
We had a tight deadline, with just 3 days to film and edit the piece. Stu filmed Tracy's piece to camera at Broomhill Art Gardens on Monday & edited the film including a number of still image over lays on Tuesday & Weds and it was submitted in time for the Weds evening deadline!
Update: Blue Fizz was shortlisted for an award but sadly did not win. However Tracy is very with the level of exposure that the entry has given the company in South Devon and we will soon be re-editing the film for use on their website.

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March 2014 - Green Deal Group film for North Devon +

In the fourth and final film for North Devon + we feature The Green Deal Group, a green solutions company based in Ilfracombe. They are a local business that benefitted from a grant through the Leader 4 Programme. The grant was provided to businesses that wished to implement a green solution that would either improve or expand an existing green business.
They used the grant to develop new apps for smartphones & tablets as well as social media add-ons. The apps iwill help householders to calculate their energy efficiency and find the best green deals from the government and other suppliers
We travelled down over to Ilfracombe to meet the Scott from Green Deal in their office. We conducted the interview under supervision of Scotts faithful dog, who guarded (slept by) the shop door while we filmed.
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March 2014 - Albion Plants film for North Devon +

This is the third of our films in partnership with North Devon + that showcase local businesses that benefitted from a grant through the Leader 4 Programme. The grant was provided to businesses that wished to implement a green solution that would either improve or expand an existing green business.
This video features Albion Plants, a nursery based in Roborough, North Devon. They used the grant to build a new heated growing area which included piping heat from an existing wood chip boiler.
We travelled down out to Roborough to meet the owners Neil & Brenda and filmed inside the growing tunnels. We had a challenge as the rain was torrential and the sound on the tunnels made the interview difficult to record, but we won through in the end.
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March 2014 - Clearwater Brewery film for North Devon +

The second of our films in partnership with North Devon + aiming to showcase local businesses who received a grant through the Leader 4 Programme. The grant was provided to businesses that wished to implement a green solution that would either improve or expand their eco business.
This video features Clearwater Brewery, based in Bideford. They used the grant to fund a new water regeneration storage system for the cooling system, and a new super-efficient hot liquor tank
We travelled down to Bideford to meet the owner Paul and filmed the brewing process after a short interview. We were even given a free beer each!
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March 2014 - Teko Loo film for North Devon +

We have been working with North Devon + to create a series of short films showcasing local businesses who received a grant through the Leader 4 Programme. The grant) was provided to businesses that wished to implement a green solution that would either improve or expand their business.
This video features the Teko Loo, a compost toilet that requires no water, electricity or sewage connection, developed by TK Play. Based near Torrington, TK Play usually design and install children's playgrounds. The Teko Loo is an addition to this service.
We travelled down to Torrington to meet Terry (TK Play owner) and interviewed him inside the Teko Loo demonstration model. To be honest we were glad of an indoor location as the weather was horrible - even if it was a toilet. Click the link below to load a Youtube video and check out the video now.


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DVD production for National Grid

February 2014 - National Grid gas pensions DVD authoring

TwoFour productions have been working with the National Grid to create a DVD for staff informing them about changes to their gas pension scheme and how it may affect them.
The completed films were sent to us by Twofour along with a folder of artwork assets and branding guidelines.
Using this we designed a number of DVD menus and also the DVD disk artwork. Once the designs were signed off we took the pre-encoded films, built the menu structure and finally created master disks to be used for replication.

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February 2014 - Mark Daniels - Ultimate Bublé - music video

Maniac Films have been working on stage with professional Michael Bublé tribute act Mark Daniels. He regularly performs across the southwest as Ultimate Bublé.
Mark wanted a slick, professional promotional music video that showcased his talents in a way that Bublé himself would be proud of!
We hired the local Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, making use of the stage and full lighting rig on the 1st day and using the dressing rooms for the opening scenes of the video on the 2nd day. The film was shot on a mix of DSLR and the Sony PMW-200 and we also had an opportunity to use the Jib on stage.
The video was an instant success with Mark securing a number of gigs within the 1st few days after posting it online - each customer stating that they saw the video and HAD to book him!
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Promotional video filming for Inflatable Wall Company

February 2014 - Military filming in Brecon with IWC

The Inflatable Wall Company are suppliers of inflatable training walls to the military and emergency services.
In February, Stu from Maniac travelled to a military training camp in Brecon to film a demonstration of their product. The demonstration would see a squad of soldiers complete a room clearance/hostage training scenario using IWC inflatable walls.
Stu filmed the training excercise using the Sony PMW-200 camcorder, a Canon 7D HDSLR and 2x GoPro cameras.
Despite a lot of rain at the start of the day which turned the site into a swamp, the demonstration went really well and the footage looks great. The footage will be used to update 2 existing informational films on the companys website.

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Promotional video filming for Inflatable Wall Company

February 2014 - Maniac Films joins EVCOM (formerly IVCA)

This February, Maniac FIlms have become a member of EVCOM (Event & Visual Communication Association), an industry body formed by combining Eventia and the IVCA.
EVCOM was created to serve as the official voice of the live and visual communication industry. Comprised of a wide variety of Industry leading professionals, agencies, production companies & suppliers, they are committed to maintaining high levels of quality & service, promoting the industry and promoting collaboration between members.
We are proud to have been accepted into the collective and and look forward to being an active member of the community.

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Actavis 2014 awards video

February 2014 - Awards ceremony film production for Actavis

Last year we produced an Oscars themed film for The Actavis Awards Conference, an annual event for the UK sales teams at Actavis. The event is aimed at celebrating their successes and looking forward to the next year.
For this years event Maniac Films were asked to produce a video presentation based on the 2014 theme 'Perfect Partners', complete with music, motion graphics and video highlights. The aim of the video was to be a highlights reel of the year, both within Actavis and the UK as a whole.
The film was show at the conference and has also been posted onto the company Intranet to be viewed by colleagues that couldn't make it on the day.

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DVD production & duplication

February 2014 - DVD production for In Heart & Action

Director Fiona Evans has been working with the Plymouth Centre for Faiths & Cultural Diversity (PCFCD) to create 'In Heart & Action' - a film exploring Faith Diversity in Plymouth through the experiences of young people.
Fiona contacted us once the film was completed to assist with artwork design and authoring for the DVD.
Using still images supplied by Fiona, we created a dvd menu, dvd cover and disk artwork. We then authored the DVD and duplicated a number of copies, along with disk & cover prints.
We understand that the PCFCD were very please with the disks and have distributed them to film participants and funders.

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ECombat website re-build and design

January 2014 - The new ECombat website goes live

Over the last couple of months we have been completely re-designing and re-vamping the website for ECombat, worldwide suppliers of laser tag gaming equipment.
The website had to reflect their brand, stepping away from the old design which was cluttered and difficult to navigate. A new logo and look was designed by graphic designer Chris Barrett and website layout/user journeys were designed by Phil Saunders. Here at Maniac we took the design layouts and graphics from Phil & Chris and re-worked the website to make them fit in as well as adding a lot of new features and functions required by the client.
Paul at ECombat is very happy with the finished site and has received a lot of positive feedback from clients. We will be assisting in some ongoing work including translation of the entire site into multiple languages
Visit the new ECombat site here: www.ecombat.com.

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DVD authoring and menu design

January 2014 - Audi Twin Cup authoring for Twofour.

The AudiTwin Cup is a yearly sales & service competition held by car manufacturer Audi to celebrate & their hardest working dealerships.
The finals of the competition were filmed by production company Twofour which included highlights of the service challenges held just before the awards ceremony.
We were supplied with completed cover and disk artwork as well as the finished video assets. From this we created a DVD menu which matched the cover artwork in content & design and authored the final master copy.
From the master disk we produced 100 copies including disk prints, cover prints and cellophane wraps which will be distributed to Audi dealerships across the country.

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Mark Brindle book becomes teaching aid

January 2014 - Mark Brindle's book to be used as course workbook for Masterclass Workshops in filmmaking!

Regular readers will know that Maniac Films director Mark Brindle released his 1st book 39;The Digital Filmmaking Handbook' in April 2013 (See here for details).
Starting in 2014, the MasterClass Workshops(designed to take amateur cinematographers to the next level) will be using Mark's book as the required Foundation Course material, required by all attendees of the course for reference.
Mark is of course thrilled that his book has been recognised by the course organisers as a solid basis from which to start the course.
The course will be separated into 5 parts coving the various elements of the filmmaking process. For details on the course please visit masterclassworkshop.weebly.com
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DVD authoring and design for TwFour

December 2013 - 2 disk box-set of 'The Railway' TV series completed for First Great Western

Produced by TwoFour and originally broadcast of Channel 5, The Railway documented the day to day workings of the First Great Western railway company. The series was comprised of 8 x 45 min episodes.
We were asked by TwoFour to produce a double dual-layer DVD boxset containing the entire TV series for First Great Western complete with cover artwork, disk artwork and motion menus. The challenge? We had 2 weeks to deliver 7000 replicated copies in time for Christmas!
The good news? We did it! The DVD's were delivered in time to be shipped out to employees as a Christmas gift from the company.

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DVD  authoring and design for twofour

December 2013 - DVD production for Twofour & a major car manufacturer.

Working agin with TwoFour, we have just completed a DVD production project with a very tight timescale.
The DVD contained a highlights film produced for a major luxury car manufacturer by Twofour which was filmed at the graduation party for their sales staff.
We were supplied with a dvd cover and disk print, assets of which were used to create a DVD menu in keeping with the cover artwork. Stu used the supplied video assets to build a DVD master with the new menu.
In total we produced 700 copies with printed disk and dvd cover packed into standard dvd cases in just 24 hours as we had a Chrstmas deadline to hit. Our end client was very pleased and hopefully will be back next year with their class of 2014.

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Actavis live event corporate filming

December 2013 - Live event filming for Actavis workshops

Actavis Pharmaceuticals recently held a management training session in Barnstaple's park Hotel.
Maniac Films were on location to film the sessions. Although we can't divulge the contents of the training, we can say that a team-building exercise took place which included pirate themed props. Teams were separated into departments and gave a talk on what they foresaw for 2014.
These talks were edited and posted onto the company intranet, where the staff working in each department can watch their managers talk about where the department will be heading over the next year. We also filmed and uploaded a talk by the companies UK vice-president on their year-to-date progress.

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DVD authoring and design services

December 2013 - DVD authoring & duplication for United Surf Film

United is a new British surf film from Devon based Biscuit Dunker Productions. The film has been shot in Devon, Cornwall and Costa Rica and features some of the nations top shortboarders.
Pete & Ben had finished the edit and the launch party was fast approaching but they had no DVD's to sell at the event. We had worked with Ben's dad Andy on his surf film 'Devon lanes & Longboards' and with his dad's recommendation he contacted us to help out.
We created a menu, encoded the film and created 200 copies complete with cover artwork designed the the Biscuit Dunkers.
The premiere went well and everyone had a great time. 50% of all sales go to charity so why not buy a copy from www.unitedsurffilm.com

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Video montage filming for masquerade ball

November 2013 - Masquerade ball video montage for Blue Fizz Events

Blue Fizz Events in North Devon provide bespoke event s management. recently they contacted us to help out with a Venetian Masked Ball Christmas Party that they were organising for a corporate client.
Tracey from Blue Fizz needed a video montage of Venetian ball masks which was to be shown on screens and the event. She delivered a crate of masks to the Maniac office along with fabric that would be used at the event as art of the colour scheme.
We spent an entertaining afternoon suspending masks from the ceiling, with Mark working the camera while Stu created a range of lighting effects to add more movement to the ''fly-by'' shots. Tracey said "The event was a huge success and thanks once again for getting involved".

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Apprentice position available at Maniac Films

November 2013 - We have a vacancy for a Media Apprentice at Maniac Films

At Maniac Films we believe in giving new and enthusiastic talent a chance to shine.
We currently a new vacancy for a media apprentice through Petroc College in Barnstaple
The successful applicants will take on a number of tasks in the office and other locations building up to an industry recognised level 3 qualification. Tasks will include photography, location filming & video & photo editing. They will also attend regular 1 day sessions at college - learning new skills to bring back to Maniac Films and try on the job!
The job will begin in January 2014, with interviews taking place in November & December and will last between 18-24 months.
For full information and how to apply, visit our apprenticeship page.

Live event crew and mixing services

November 2013 - Live filming and vision mixing for Bridgwater Carnival

In 2013 we returned to Bridgwater Carnival, the largest illuminated procession in Britain, to provide live filming & vision mixing for the big screen in the centre of town.
We again asked to provide cameras and crew to film the parade and broadcast the footage onto a huge screen. We also displayed footage of bands playing on the stage and of the crowds throughout the day in the run-up to the big event.
We filmed using three cameras, one of which was a wireless roaming camera that we sent out onto the high street to capture the street performers
On location were Mark, Stu, Matt and Phil with Mark operating the mixing desk from the OB van. Light rain throughout the day couldn't put off the huge crowds.
The organisers were very pleased with the result and we hope to be back again next year!.

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Horror Film Festival official post production  partners

October 2013 - DVD screener authoring for British Horror Film Festival

As part our ongoing partnership with The Film Festival Guild we have just completed a series of screener DVDs for the British Horror Film Festival 2013

Taking place in London on the 18-19th of October, this is the 4th year of the festival.
We were sent a hard drive containing all of the spine chilling and bone curdling films that will be shown at this years festival. Our task was to convert them all to the same format and produce a DVD for each day containing the films to be shown at the screenings.

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Editing training services provided

September 2013 - James releases Surfing at 70 film after editing lessons from Maniac

Back in July we announced that we had been teaching James to edit on Final Cut. James has been a travel photographer for years but editing moving images was a new challenge. He had recently filmed a documentary about himself 'Surfing at 70' and we provided lessons in how to put it together
Well we just received an e-mail announcing the films release - see it at http://www.wavedreamer.co.uk/surfing-at-70 or http://www.eyeballhq.tv.
James said "I am very pleased to announce a little video that I have made to celebrate my 70th year in this life! I feel very blessed to have reached this age with the bonus of remaining in great health - to date at least!". James is now hoping to release a book about his work as a travel photographer in April.

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Teranex format converter now in use at Maniac Films

September 2013 - New Teranex 2D video processor installed for realtime standards conversion

As part of our DVD authoring service, we spend a lot of time converting existing films from NTSC to PAL and vice versa. This can be very time consuming (especially on full HD 4 hour long programmes like the TT2013 Blu-ray!)
Enter the Black Magic Teranex 2D. This unit promises to provide standards conversion, noise reduction, de-interlacing, up and down conversion and more all in real-time. It has been used by major broadcasters so it can't be bad. The Teranex will substantially speed up our conversion times which will be passed on to our clients with shorter lead times - fantastic!

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Production crew for promotional filming

September 2013 - Promo shoot for Paignton Zoo at Exeter Chiefs Stadium

Well that was a little different to our usual filming days. Mark & Charli spent yestreday evening at the Exeter Chiefs rugby ground filming a number of the team. Nothing unusual in this until you realise that they were wearing nothing but their boots and briefs and had had their entire body painted to look like an animal!
The shoot was organised by Cineon Productions from Exeter and the video was being filmed for a new ident for Paignton Zoo and Maniac were there to provide kit hire and crew for the shoot. We were using the Porta-Jib and took the opportunity to use the new remote follow focus and Teradek wireless video sender. mark was mightily impressed with the remote focus unit and can't wait to use it more often!

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ReTrack - 3D animated action replays of your mountain biking

September 2013 - ReTrack video now live on Kickstarter

You can now support the ReTrack project on Kickstarter.
Re-Track is a system for mountain biking that tracks your route using a sensor and records it to your smartphone. This is then uploaded the Re-track server where it will be processed and you can see re-watch your ride complete with statistics

In future they plans to add other sports including Snowboarding & Skiing.

To help fund this project check out the Kickstarter page here - http://kck.st/19qnuln or visit the reTrack website - http://www.retrack.me

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Multi-language DVD and Blu-ray authoring and replication

September 2013 - Additional Blu-ray & DVD authoring of TT 2013 with German audio.

Having successfully completed the 2013 version of the Isle of Man TT event on Blu-Ray, we were approached by a German distributor to re-author the Blu-ray and also create a new DVD version that included a German language audio option.
The biggest challenge was re-timing all of the audio, which had been recorded in Germany to match the 25p DVD version, but was out of time when added to the 24p Blu-Ray version.

The job was a last minute request and we managed to turn it around in a day - getting the files off to the replication house in Germany in record time..

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Professional Dual Layer Blu-ray authoring

September 2013 - Blu-ray authoring for Le Mans 24 hours.

We have just finished a Blu-ray authoring project for the 2013 Le Mans 24hour race, produced by Duke Marketing.
This is the 2nd year that we have authored a Dual Layer Blu-ray for the Le Mans event in conjunction with Eurodiscs in London.
The content comprised of four hours of event coverage from the event. We encoded the footage for Blu-ray, built the menus and also designed pop-up menus to work on the disk.

The Blu-ray will be sold alongside a DVD version and should be available to buy on Amazon and the Duke website soon

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A view of Jakarta shot while making a corporate film for BP

August 2013 - Manager training course filming in Jakarta for BP

Stu & Matt have just returned from Jakarta in Indonesia where they have been filming a 2 day training course with BP.
Although we can't disclose the content of the training course, we can say that it involved members of various management teams from across the Asia Pacific region

Of course it wasn't all work for Stu & Matt. On their 1st day in Jakarta they had a day to relax after 24hrs travelling and they wound up playing open air tennis 5 stories up with the nighttime city skyline surrounding them.
The film will be edited into sections and uploaded to the BP intranet to serve as a refresher for other course trainers.

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Actavis Garden party location filming

August 2013 - Filming for Actavis at the Actavis Summer Extravaganza

The yearly Actavis Garden Party is an invitation only event for staff, held to thank them for another year of hard work. This years event was held at Hartland Abbey near Bideford in North Devon.
This is the 3rd summer party that we have filmed for Actavis. The 1st was sunny, last years featured some rather heavy rain and this years...? Lovely sunny weather - Hooray!
The day had a Victorian carnival theme and featured live music, period performers, antique fair games and great food.
The final highlights film will be posted on the company intranet for staff to reminisce and keep an eye out for themselves and their friends.

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TrailFerret.co.uk website upgrade

August 2013 - Further development of the Trailferret.co.uk website in progress

Our IT apprentice Barnaby has been working on a major update to the Trail Ferret website that he designed and built earlier this year.

Having been pleased with the original website, owner Ben came up with some new ideas that he would like to incorporate - adding new features to the exiting website. These include a new drop-down menu on the events page, an upgraded news ticker on the homepage showing the latest updates, integration of Be's Flickr photo galleries, and general design & layout changes.
Barnaby is currently building the 2.0 version of the website and hopefully it will go live soon. meanwhile the original site is still up and running at www.trailferret.co.uk

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promotional video production for ecombat

August 2013 - Additional filming for Laser Tag 4 Hire promotional films

Stu spent Sunday filming at a children's combat gaming party near Westard Ho! in North Devon.
He was there to capture the fun and excitement of a Gaming party with equipment from Laser Tag 4 Hire who hire out their combat gaming guns to the public so that they can host their own parties.

The footage will be edited into two 'how-to' mission films that will appear on the lasertag4hire.com which run through mission ideas for the party.
The videos will appear alongside 5 other instructional films that Stu made earlier this year for the company.

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Equipment hire for Indian Summer the film

July 2013 - Equipment hire for shooting of 'Indian Summer' in North Devon.

We were contacted by Hettie, the producer of a new short film from Old Rectory Pictures being shot in North Devon called Indian Summer.
Shot mainly in and around Westward Ho! the film is described as "A politically incorrect love story featuring knights, burning arrows, conkers & blackmailing dog walkers.".

For the main shoot the crew only required a production monitor and a greenscreen, having procured most equipment from London. However on the pickup shoot later in the month we also supplied lighting equipment to shoot a scene in a cinema.
The film was mostly funded through a kickstarter project with the rest put in by the director, Toby Lomas & producer Hettie.
We look forward to seeing the final film once it is edited - until then check out their website - Indian Summer

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Blu-ray authoring and replication

July 2013 - Blu-ray authoring and NTSC conversion for Isle of Man TT 2013.

This time last year we faced our 1st Dual-Layer Blu-ray authoring project and we learnt a lot. This year we are working on the 2013 Isle of Man Blu-ray and we are prepared for it.
The files have been delivered by Duke Marketing to us as a finished 4 hour film and we have converted it from 50i to 24p, designed a motion menu and pop-up menus for the blu-ray and created the final disk.

Because the disk is being replicated we will be using a special piece of software to incorporate copy protection into the disc.
The final product will be sold in stores and on Amazon alongside a DVD version.
Check out the trailer on Youtube.

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DVD box-set authoring services

July 2013 - Men & Motors DVD box sets authoring.

We have been working with Men & Motors to produce 3 dvd box-sets using video from their archives.
In total there are 3 box sets. The Iconic Cars collection (VW Beetle, Ford Capri and the Cortina), the Two Wheels collection (Two Wheels, Two Wheels better and Two Wheels extra) and the 100 Most Popular Cars Ever (presented by John Inverdale) box set.

We were supplied with the video assets & a menu design and it was out task to turn this into a series of DVDs for sale.
The DVD's will be available soon.

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Promotional filming for the Re-track kickstarter project

July 2013 - Promotional filming for Re-Track kickstarter project

Monday morning and we found ourselves stood on a blustery hilltop in Bristol. We were at Ashton Court to meet up with Simon Fowler, the creator of Re-Track and David Smee.
Re-Track is a system for mountain biking that tracks your route using a sensor and records it to your smartphone. This is then uploaded the Re-track server where it will be processed and you can see re-watch your ride complete with statistics
Simon came up with the idea when he became fed-up with trying to describe the trails that he had ridden and decided to develop his own system.
The promotional film will be used on the Kickstarter website, where Simon hopes to raise capital to develop the sensor & move the processing from his laptop to an online server.
We shot the video using the Sony PMW-200 and 2x GoPro 3 cameras which were used on head & chest mounts and even a pole on the bike giving a birds eye view of the rider.

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Editing training for local surfer

July 2013 - Edit training for Surfing at 70 film

James Davis is a local surfer. Now there's nothing unusual in that...there are hundreds of surfers in the area. But where James differs is that he is 70 years old and still surfing!
James has been filming himself with GoPro cameras and the assistance of local videographer Richard Gregory with an aim to making a short film about surfing in his 70's.

However despite having worked a a photographer for years, James has never edited a film so we have been giving him a couple of introductory lessons in how to cut, splice, synch, title and grade a film. As well as teaching we have also assisted in converting his GoPro footage to a file format that works natively with his editing software.
James is now completing the edit at home and we look forward to seeing the final product.

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BLURAY authoring in north Devon

July 2013 - DVD & Blu-ray authoring and Russian subtitling for Picture Perfect.

We have been working the DVD & Blu-ray authoring for Picture Perfect a new short film by Irina Izmestieva.
The film centers around a grumpy pensioner who, after moving to live near his sister, finds an old painting in a car boot sale. This starts a chain of events that bring back memories of pain and love.
We were given the original film in both PAL & NTSC formats. From this we created menus which were incorporated into DVD & Blu-ray versions.
Both versions were created in PAL & NTSC formats and included Russian subtitling which we had to time to the English dialogue (not easy when you don't speak or read Russian!!)

We had to get the 1st version done really quickly in time for submission to a Russian Film Festival but it was worth it as the film won Irina the Best Director award at the Kharkov Lilac Film Festival!

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Promotional video fro the PEEP programme

June 2013 - Interview filming in Bideford for the PEEP programme

Stu & Charli have spent the morning filming at Halsannery near of Bideford.
We were there to interview children from 3 local secondary schools who have been taking part in the P.E.E.P (Pupil & Employer Engagement Programme) which aims to introduce students to working life, allowing them to experience different careers and speak to employers.
We were on a tight time limit so we set-up a large diffuser panel to shade the students. This allowed us to keep the lighting steady as the sun moved across the sky.
Our brief was to create a short film for each school, documenting the students opinions, stories and best bits of the programme.
After a very quick turnaround we have received fantastic feedback from Sarah Grigg at North Devon + who liased with us throughout the project and they films will soon appear on the PEEP blog for all to see

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Film Festival Guild official partners

June 2013 - DVD screener authoring for British Animation Film Festival

Continuing our role as Official Partner of The Film Festival Guild we have just completed a series of screener DVDs for the British Animation Film Festival

For this festival we prepared four separate screeners - each to be shown at different cinemas. The films were supplied to us on a variety of memory sticks and hard drives and we converted them, encoded them and then authored each dvd.

We are already planning for the next festival - The Hidden Film Festival

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wet hire for documentary production

June 2013 - Interview with Anne Nolan for Blueprint Pictures

We have just returned from filming a an interview with the lovely Anne Nolan. (Yes one of the original Nolan Sisters!)
We had been hired by Blueprint Pictures from Ireland to provide crew for the interview under the direction on company founder David Blake Knox.
The interview took place in Weston-Super-Mare at Horizontal Music Studios where Anne has been recording a new single. We also had a chance to watch and film Anne performing the new single.

We filmed using the Sony PMW-200 camera and a Canon EOS 5D mkIII DSLR. Audio was recorded on a boom mic running into the Sound devices 442 mixer and then recorded direct into camera. We delivered all footage on a hard drive to Blueprint Pictures and we can't wait to see what they do with it

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DVD print and duplication services

June 2013 - DVD duplication for creative charity Forward Facing

Forward Facing is a charity that provides creative outlets to promote confidence, self-esteem and expression in people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We were contacted by Tasleen from the charity to help with the duplication of a DVD showcasing their recent 'Memory Making Day' in which people from provided a unique experience for your people from Demelza House ? James Children?s Hospice and young people for Teenage Cancer Trust including siblings, friends and carers, an opportunity to star in their very own pop video and more .

Tasleen provided the edited dvd, we designed the disc on-body artwork and made 100 copies for distribution to sponsors and participants.

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Maniac Films provided equipment for Deranged film shoot

June 2013 - Deranged - A film shot using Maniac lenses gets UK DVD release

In August 2011 we supplied a range of Nikon prime lenses, lens gears and Nikon to Canon adapter rings to Neil Jones, Director of Risen & The Reverend to use on the shoot for his latest film, Deranged.
Well Deranged finally received a UK DVD release at the beginning of June and is available from Amazon.

The film stars Craig Fairbrass and Marcia Do Vales and was shot on location in Spain, near Madrid.

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choose your video format below

May 2013 - ECombat promotional film for MP7 Machine Pistol gaming gun

As reported earlier this month, we have been filming some promo pieces with ECombat Wholesale.
This is one of the films produced to promote a brand new gaming gun that the company have developed for their customers - the MP7 machine pistol gaming gun
The guys at ECombat are really excited about this new gun and we enjoyed a chance to play with it as well on set!

Click the link below to load a Youtube video and check out the new gun for yourselves.


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See the DaVinci workflow in action

May 2013 - Colour grade and edit test on 4K using DaVinci Resolve

A local filmmaker, Christopher Lane, contacted us recently for some help with grading a test shoot that he had shot in 4K on a Red Scarlet camera.
The test shoot was set up as a series of camera and lighting tests with a editing workflow tests to follow. At Maniac this was a first opportunity to work with DaVinci Resolve, 4K video and Final Cut X.

We faced a few challenges at first...we had to send our grading monitor to Germany for colour calibration, we had to invest in a new Decklink card to make DaVinci output the correct colours to the grading monitor and there are also a few bugs exporting footage from Final Cut to DaVinci.
However we persevered and our grading suite is now fully functioning and ready for any eventuality.
The footage was shot at Holborn Studios, Directed by Christopher Lane & the D.O.P. was James Layton. It starred Emma G with hair by Craig David & make up by Dani Guinsberg

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promotional video production for ecombat

May 2013 - Presenter filming for Ecombat promotional & instructional films

Stu has been on location with ECombat Wholesale again to film a number of 'pieces to camera' for the upcoming promotional and instructional films to feature on their websites.

The main film in a promotional piece to advertise their newest gaming gun - the MP7. The other films will appear on the gaming gun hire site - lasertag4hire.com as instructional films to teach customers how to use the guns and enjoy the game more.
The footage will be cut together with shots that we filmed in March and should appear online soon!

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Film Festival Guild official partners

April 2013 - Maniac Films are official partners of the Film Festival Guild

Maniac Films have become the an Official partner of The Film Festival Guild in the role of Post Production partner

We have already been helping the FFG out by preparing screener DVD's and an awards nomination film for the upcoming British Independent Film Festival
We were sent all of the entries and our task was to build a dvd of the short film entries that was to be sent to cinemas that are holding BiFF screenings.
We also created the award nomination clips reel that will be played at the festival awards ceremony.

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Sony PMW-200 with wifi control

April 2013 - Sony release WiFi control software for PMW-200 video camera

Sony have just released an major update for the Sony PMW-200 50mbps video camera which provides the facility to control the camera via your smartphone!.

You can now control major camera functions such as zoom, focus, iris, start/stop record, gain, white balance and more from an iPhone, iPad or smartphone!
You don't even need to download the app as it works via your web browser.

Combine this with a wireless video sender or even a monitor on a long cable and you have an ideal remote focus solution!

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Come and visit us at the Inspiring Business Event

April 2013 - Come and see us at the Inspiring Business 2013 event in Barnstaple on 11th April

Come and meet your Maniac Films team at the Inspiring Business 2013 event at The Factory, Petroc in Barnstaple on 11th April 2013.

The event is being hosted by the Barnstaple and District Chamber of Commerce with an aim to bring businesses together, promote networking and also teach new business techniques through seminars.
We will be setting up a stall with examples of our work being shown via our new showreel. You can come and meet us and chat through any ideas you might have.
We would love to meet you so please come along!

Mark  Brindles book on sale

April 2013 - The Filmmakers Handbook by Mark Brindle now available to buy online

The new book by Mark Brindle 'The Filmmakers Handbook' is now available to buy from the Maniac Films online shop.

The book was released on the 28th February through Amazon and other retailers and we are now able to offer it at the low price of just £5.99 + p&p.

You can read the press release about the book by clicking here (pdf - 660kb)

Promotional filming for eCombat wholesale

March 2013 - Location filming with eCombat Wholesale for new product demo video

Stu and apprentice Charli have been out on location with eCombat Wholesale - formerly the UK arm of Battlefield Sports - to film the promo for their latest gaming gun

During the shoot we worked alongside a local photographer as we filmed 2 female models and a male model with the gun. We also used the opportunity to film sequences for instructional films that will appear on their gaming gun hire site - lasertag4hire.com
The footage will be cut together with a voiceover and will appear on the website to promote the new gaming gun soon

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New Genesis website design by Maniac Films

March 2013 - Major redesign of genesissurfshop.com complete

Wxe have just completed a major website facelift for Ilfracombe based online surf store Genesis Surf Shop. The site was looking dated and cluttered so the owners asked us to create a new layout.

Users should instantly find the site easier. The old layout used side columns full of adverts and categories that was confused and cluttered. The new design utilised a drop-down menu that is not only cleaner, but easier to navigate. We also improved the search feature so that the site now finds your products a lot faster.
The main brief was that the site should look more minimal, but without losing functionality for the customer. We and the owners of Genesis are happy with the finished result and so far Facebook feedback has been positive!

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TrailFerret.co.uk website build

March 2013 - New website trailferret.co.uk goes live

Our IT apprentice Barnaby has completed his first full project since starting work with us in February!
Trail Ferret is a website for local man Ben, who arranges training and trail running events in the local area. Ben asked us to build him a site to promote his business, a site that also had to give customers the opportunity to book places on courses as well.

Barnaby built the site from scratch using coding skills that he had learnt at school and in his own time. However he also had to learn a lot of new tricks which included his 1st ever experience with integrating Paypal into a booking form!
Ben is really happy with the new site and Barnaby is currently builing a custom data entry page so that Ben can update his site from home while also posting news updates directly to Twitter whenever he updates the website.

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Mark  Brindle interviewed on by John Govier

February 2013 - Mark Brindle to appear on the John Govier show on BBC Radio Devon

Mark from Maniac Films will be appearing as a guest on the John Govier show on BBC Radio Devon.
Mark will be there to speak about his new book - The Digital Filmmaking Handbook - which is released on the 28th of February 2013.
You can listen to the show live on Saturday 23rd February between 9am and 1pm and it will be available on the BBC iPlayer after the show is finished. To listen Live tune into one of the following - 95.7 FM, 103.4 FM, 103.6 FM, 104.9 FM
The listen again link and a synopsis of the show will be posted here - John Govier 23-02-13.

Actavis live event filming

February 2013 - Live event filming for Actavis Town Hall presentations

Actavis Pharmaceuticals are a company that are dedicated to keeping their staff up to date. This involves regular 'Town Hall' meetings where senior management give presentations to the staff.
Unfortunately not all members of staff can make it, so we were back at Actavis to film a talk by Sara Vincent, Vice President of the UK and Ireland arm of Actavis as she updated those present on the successes of the previous year and what to look forward to int he year ahead.
The presentation which will be edited and uploaded to the company's intranet - allowing employees who could not attend the talks to see what they missed.

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Mark  Brindle interviewed on live webcast

February 2013 - Mark Brindle appears live on the BroadcastShow webcast

Mark from Maniac Films has just returned from Newbury where he was interviewed live on BroadcastShow.com about his new book. You can watch the show again by visiting http://www.broadcastshow.com/live. Mark's interview begins at around 17:24mins.
The interview was conducted in a small green screen studio with a studio background being added as the broadcast went live.
Mark was there to talk about this new book 'The Digital Filmmaking Handbook' which is released on the 28th Feb 2013.
The book is available to pre-order and can be purchased using the link on the right.

Actavis awards video

February 2013 - Awards ceremony film production for Actavis

The Actavis Awards Conference is an annual event for the UK sales teams for the pharmaceutical giant Actavis aimed at celebrating their successes and looking forward to the next year.
For the event Maniac Films were asked to produce an Oscars style video presentation, complete with voiceover, music, motion graphics and video highlights. The aim of the video was to be a highlights reel of the year, both within Actavis and the UK as a whole.
The film was show at the conference and (we are told) finished with a round of applause from the guests. It has also been posted onto the company Intranet to be viewed by colleagues that couldn't make it on the day.

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Da Vinci resolve reviewed in tv-bay

January 2013 - Mark Brindles article on using Da Vinci resolve published in tv-bay magazine

This month Mark has found his work in print yet again, having previously been publish in the IOV magazine on a number of occasions.
This time Mark's knowledge has been put to paper in the tv-bay magazinein an article about using Da Vinci Resolve colour grading software.
The article looks at colour grading processes in Final Cut Pro and compares them to the same processes in Da Vinci, ultimately demonstrating that Da Vinci is the superior tool as long as you don't mind spending money on some new gear.

You can read the article for free online via the tv-bay online magazine page.

Battlefield Sim valve test

January 2013 - Inflatable wall promo filming for Battlefield Sim

We have been back to Battlefield Sim to film a new piece to promote their Inflatable Training Walls.
The walls have recently been upgraded with an improved pressure release valve and the guys at Battlefield wanted to demonstrate this important feature. In order to do this we used an air compressor and talc to show the air release as a visual.
Stu took the opportunity to try out our new Sony PMW-200 camera for the shoot and it worked perfectly. The video has been posted up on the company website for viewing by registered clients

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Conference and training films for BP

January 2013 - Conference filming, workshop filming & highlight videos for BP

We have just spent 4 days in London with BP. We were contacted by North Devon based Tinder-Box who were organising the conference for BP.
Our first job saw us spending 2 days at the BP Faculty conference, filming interviews and highlights which were editing on location to be shown later in the conference.
Before the event we also edited a number of iPhone videos together to create 3 promo videos that were shown on the 1st day.
After the conference we moved down the road to Fleet Street to film 2 days of masterclass workshops for BP staff trainers. These films will be edited and shown on the BP training website.
It was a long 4 days but well worth it for the chance to work with an International leader in Business like BP.

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Promotional film for Anthony

January 2013 - Location filming with Anthony for US university scholarship

We have been braving the elements on the greens at the Royal North Devon Golf Club in Westward Ho!
We were there to film Anthony, a promising young golfing talent who has been offered a number of exciting scholarships at US Universities - the only problem is that they need to see footage of Anthony playing a few rounds.
We spent an afternoon out on the course where we filmed him playing 3 holes followed by recording a series of voiceovers and the introduction to the film. We returned a few days later to film Anthony on the driving range where he showed his prowess with a number of different clubs. The final film was uploaded onto Youtube so that the link could be quickly e-mailed to the right people.
Good luck Anthony - we hope you get the scholarship you deserve!

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Promotional film for Seb in north devon

January 2013 - Entrepreneur First promo film for Seb

Wow this was an interesting challenge. We were contacted by Seb who had applied for the Entrepreneur First programme. In order to make his application stand out he wanted to make a short film in a similar style to the Old Spice ads a few years ago.
The aim was to create a seamless film that would take the viewers on a journey through different locations while he informed us of his merits and why he should be picked as a candidate.
The journey took us from an office, to playing chess on a beach and ended up with Seb sat on a horse in space! It was a really challenging shoot to put together and had to be filmed and edited in just 3 days! Especially when the 1st day involved setting up a green screen in a stable with a temperamental horse!

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New apprentice takes role at Maniac Films

January 2013 - Charlotte joins Maniac Films as a media apprentice

We are pleased to welcome the newest member of the Maniac team - Charlotte Maishman or Charli for short. Charli has joined us under the government apprenticeship scheme from Plymouth University.

Charli had a busy first couple of weeks. She assisted with filming for Seb (see above) on her 1st day and found herself in London assisting with the BP event in her 3rd week.
As a media apprentice Sam will be learning a range of skills including filming, editing, photography, web design and of course.....making the tea.
But seriously - welcome and good luck!

Maniac Films is 10 years old

January 2013 - Maniac Films celebrate 10 years of film making

Wow! Has it really been 10 years? We have gone from one man using a single camera and laptop to film surfing to where we are today, working with international companies, making music videos, corporate promos and a whole lot more!

So how do we plan to celebrate? By doing it all again! We are expanding the business by taking on two new apprentices in January and February and we will continue to provide the same high quality services that we have always done!

January will also see the arrival of a new deputy managing director (aka the birth of Mark's first son) which will kick-start what we hope will be a great year!
we would like at this point to thank everyone who we have worked with in the last 10 years and look forward to working with you again in the next decade!

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