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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
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
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
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-Callum
Thanks again for all your help last summer with the kit hire and troubleshooting - The trailer has been posted online and have had great feedback about the look, and questions regarding the kit - I will be sure to mention Maniac Films when I respond.-Jake Hawkins, Charmed Apocalypse
The lights have been an absolute joy to work with - the 300D especially giving us so much right to work with, and the Dedo’s give such a stunning warm glow to everything - they were a joy to work with and an ease to set up and pack down. No doubt for my next project I will look to hire again from Maniac Films after such great customer service and great equipment at a good price.-Tyler
The unit worked great for us and was just what we needed for this project. Thanks for that!-Daniel, EpicTech
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
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
It's great. Your DAC-70 is just powering the Foreign Secretary's speech as we speak. Thanks again as always-Grant Stevens
Excellent work on the videos guys. Thanks again for all this – its fab stuff.-Jason Miller, Tinderbox
Thanks again for arranging that kit for me on Wednesday Just wanted to write and say, I've only rented from you guys twice so far but both times i've been super impressed - they were very last minute and you handled my kit request and questions with ease. (Already had two great opportunities to share my experience of Maniac with those clients)-Adam Johnson
The lights have been an absolute joy to work with - the 300D especially giving us so much light to work with, and the Dedo’s give such a stunning warm glow to everything - they were a joy to work with and an ease to set up and pack down. No doubt for my next project I will look to hire again from Maniac Films after such great customer service and great equipment at a good price.-Tyler
A BIG THANK YOU for your patience and support! You remain a star in my firmament! :)-M Cassini, Fit Roads
The kit worked great and we got some great stuff on the 2 day shoot. Great service as ever and will be back for more, I’m sure!-Thom, Wavetale
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
The shoot went really really well. Perfectly in fact. It was a long hard few days but I'm really happy with what we shot. Just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for a great efficient service. The gear you supplied me really helped me create the look I wanted, and I'll be sure to recommend you to others.-Scott Coulter, DS Media
The 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!!-Michelle
Thank you again for the excellent work, the video is sitting nicely on our new website page now.-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz
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.-Jay
Hi Mark, Thank you a lot about the work you are doing for us; I see how many difficulties we had on this project, so thank you very much.-Claudia Oldani, Content Partners
Thanks for all your help over the past few weeks. The kit has worked flawlessly and has shown me just how important it is to have a remote follow focus and wireless video on set. I don't think I could do another film without them!-Cameron Browne
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
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
Thanks again for your prompt and professional service. I look forward to hiring from you again in the future.-Jack Bamford
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
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
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
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
Everything's arrived and is absolutely fantastic. Thank-you once again for a great service.-Oli Chopping
Also just to say it was great working with yourself and Stu, I thought we all collaborated very well and everything went smoothly. Hopefully the end product will reflect this and I’d be very happy to work with you again.-David, Gro Company
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
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
Dear Mark I have just watched the Plates of the UFO. What can I say? I will say f*****g BRILLIANT. Yes. Perfect. A great job. Wonderful. Christopher-Christopher, Halogen Films
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
Just a quickie to let you know that all the DCP films that you supplied played well, no problems encountered at all and they looked fabulous. Thanks for all your help with this. The weekend Film Festival exceeded our expectations. We’re just waiting for the final numbers but we anticipate that they’re better than expected. Kind regards-Amanda, Ilfracombe FIlm Festival
A big thanks to you guys yesterday for cracking on and getting everything set up. The shots look great and you’re both a pleasure to work with and get on well with the clients too.-Colin Martin, Colour247
Mark, Thanks for your excellent work editing today. Look forward to seeing the vids up and my mugshot next to Paxman's! Martin.-Martin Cassini
I think you saw it on twitter – but just to let you know Mum & Dad & Ben very pleased with their film (Boat Stories Young Fisherman). Ben said he couldn’t understand how we’d done it – with what we got... So hurrah – well done!-Jo Stewart Smith, Boat Stories
The 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
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
Maniac Films were fantastic in supporting us helping pick the gear and build the hire list for the shoot, giving lots of advice on the phone and very pleasant in person on the day of collection. I would hope to work with them again.-Nathan James, Inglorious
Honestly I’m sure I’m going to be using you guys again. It was ideal and the gear came exactly as advertised.-Tom W
I recently rented equipment from Maniac Films and I'm emailing you to just say that the experience was fantastic, and as a student I really appreciated how open and straight forward your team were in accommodating our needs.-Tyler Hamblin, Kent TV
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 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
Hi Stu, The Bolt worked just fine, thank you. Many thanks for a smooth Hire ….-Steve Hill, Blue Multimedia
Many thanks for all your help, the video looks great!-Dr Mellios, Bristol University
I would like to say though that your service was great and that I will most certainly be using your company again.-Pantelis
Thanks Mark. The talk was very well received and people were astonished by both films. Thanks for all your help making the talk such a success and for going the extra mile to get the films to play properly in PowerPoint.-Tim Mars
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Maniac Films are an award-winning video 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, DCP encoding, 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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Training Academy filming for Absolute DogsPublished Monday 24 June 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Stu has been back to Okehampton to film for 4 days with the team from Absolute Dogs. They were runnung a 4 day course for students to come along with their dogs and pick up some of the newest games and training techniques. Stu was on hand to film the sessions and captured over 50 lessons ...
Advert & content filming for Absolute DogsPublished Tuesday 9 April 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Stu has just returned from a day & a half of filming near Okehampton with AbsoluteDogs. He was there to film a series of promotional adverts for new online courses and a new book. He also filmed the content for a 14 day online course which will launch this year. The footage was shot...
STRIKE 4K Trailer receives BBFC and IFCO CertificationPublished Tuesday 2 April 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
Animated feature film STRIKE (MANGO in France) from Homesick Angel Productions and Gigglefish Animation Studios has just received a PG rating at the BBFC and is due for release at Vue cinemas in the UK on 10th May. We have been rebuilding the new STRIKE trailer as a 4K version with 5.1 sur...
Domestic Violence films for Stand Against Violence CharityPublished Thursday 28 March 2019 by Mark Brindle in Post Production
We have been editing three more Domestic Violence videos for the Somerset-based charity Stand Against Violence, founded by Adam Fouracre in 2005 in the wake of the tragic murder of his brother Lloyd at the age of 17. The series of films on Domestic Violence have been created from interview...
This Thing of Ours trailer build for VODPublished Monday 25 March 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
We have recently been asked to assist with preparing a feature film, 'This Thing Of Ours' for release on online video streaming platforms. It was originally released in 2003 and directed by Danny Provenzano and starring him alongside Frank Vincent, Edward Lynch, Vincent Pa...
Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro upgraded with ISO 3200Published Wednesday 20 March 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News
Blackmagic have upgraded the firmware of their fantastic URSA Mini Pro camera. One slight downfall of the camera was it's low light performance. But now they have improved the noise at the current ISO levels which has allowed them to add in a new ISO 3200 option. Recent firmware...
Possessed By Evil trailer build for online streamingPublished Wednesday 20 March 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
In 2015 we produced a DVD release for the horror feature film Possessed By Evil which was released by Three Wolves. The stars Rebecca Romijn and was released in 2011. It has also been released under the title Possessing Piper Rose and tells the story of a couple who adopt a little girl, bu...
Camera rigs - what works best for you?Published Thursday 7 March 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News
Here at Maniac Films we love a well designed camera rig, because while it's possible to shoot great video with just a camera and lens, many film-makers quickly realise that they need to add extra kit such as monitors, external recorders, matte boxes and microphones to their set-up. Mos...
Post production for Pro Dog Trainer 2018 eventPublished Tuesday 5 March 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
Back in November 2018, Stu spent 5 days of filming with the AbsoluteDogs team near Okehampton in Devon, capturing two events, the 3 day long Super Trainer Live event and a 2 day event titled Pro Dog Trainer. Pro Dog trainer is a live extension of Absolute Dogs 'Pro Dog Trainer' ...
Ronin-S 3-axis 1-handed gimbal stabiliserPublished Friday 1 March 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News
New in from DJI, we now offer the DJI Ronin-S 3-axis gimbal stabiliser, designed to be used one handed with DSLR & Mirrorless cameras. The Ronin-S is a lightweight and versatile solution which is idea for cameras such as the Sony a7s II and Canon EOS 5D. For video demos and tutoria...
Ferocious Planet trailer build for online streamingPublished Thursday 28 February 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
In July 2015 we produced a DVD release for the Science Fiction feature film Ferocious Planet which was released by Three Wolves. It was originally released in 2011 and produced by the SYFY channel. It has also been released under the titles Star Gate and The Other Side and tells the story ...
DCP for Experimental Documentary And then we heard shouts and criesPublished Wednesday 20 February 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
We have just delivered a 2K DCP (Digital Cinema Package) for artist-filmmaker Ricky Chambers for his recent experimental documentary 'And then we heard shouts and cries' for an upcoming screening of the film. The film is an experimental documentary made in response to the 1968 part...
Post production for Super Trainer Live 2018 eventPublished Wednesday 20 February 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
In November 2018, Stu spent 5 days of filming with the AbsoluteDogs team at Clinton Hall near Okehampton in Devon filming two events, the 3 day long Super Trainer Live event and a 2 day event titled Pro Dog Trainer. Super Trainer Live is a yearly event, which this year saw it's high...
Blu-Ray BDCMF encoding for Something Feature FilmPublished Tuesday 29 January 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
Paul from Subspin Productions in Los Angeles asked us for assistance in preparing Blu-ray masters for Replication for his latest feature film Something starring Jane Rowen, Michael Gazin, Joel Clark Ackerman and Eric Roberts. The film is due for theatrical release in March 2019 and the DVD...
Blu-Ray for Deckchair Cinema Screening of My Big White ThighsPublished Monday 21 January 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
Back by popular demand is the documentary 'My Big White Thighs' by Hannah Maia to play out at the Croyde Deckchair Cinema. We first saw this movie when we made a DCP of it for the Ilfracombe Film Festival a few years ago and wanted this to be the winning film - its that good. It...
Final green screen pickup shot for Wookey Hotel AdvertPublished Tuesday 15 January 2019 by Mark Brindle in Crew Hire
We've just finished a short pickup shot for one of the Wookey Hole Hotel adverts we filmed with Colour247 at the end of last year. We built a small bedroom set in our studio to film a green screen shot of a 'magic duvet' being pulled up - you can see the string but you wont see...