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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
Just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for a great efficient service. The gear you supplied me really helped me create the look I wanted, and I'll be sure to recommend you to others.-Scott Coulter, DS Media
Thank you for sending the final version of the video. It was fantastic and excellent work - well done . I also would like to thank you for working with me and patiently adjusted the video in our requirements. As mentioned previously one of the most professional and fantastic group I work with is your video crew. Many thanks to you all for all your hard work and support.-Fai Tila, University of Bristol
The 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 unit worked great for us and was just what we needed for this project. Thanks for that!-Daniel, EpicTech
Excellent work on the videos guys. Thanks again for all this – its fab stuff.-Jason Miller, Tinderbox
Just a quickie to let you know that all the DCP films that you supplied played well, no problems encountered at all and they looked fabulous. Thanks for all your help with this. The weekend Film Festival exceeded our expectations. We’re just waiting for the final numbers but we anticipate that they’re better than expected. Kind regards-Amanda, Ilfracombe FIlm Festival
A BIG THANK YOU for your patience and support! You remain a star in my firmament! :)-M Cassini, Fit Roads
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
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
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
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
Every comment or feedback we have had on the DVD is that it is the best DVD we have ever had so well done! The clubs particularly like it as shows both sides of the cart and plenty of close-ups. Sales are looking good up about 12% on 2014 already. Dave.-Dave, Bridgwater Carnival
The 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
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
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
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
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
Everything's arrived and is absolutely fantastic. Thank-you once again for a great service.-Oli Chopping
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
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
Hi Mark, Just to say thank you for the hire all went good and everything was working and your service was fantastic will def be using you again.-John Port, Accolade
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
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
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
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
Thank you again for the excellent work, the video is sitting nicely on our new website page now.-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz
It's great. Your DAC-70 is just powering the Foreign Secretary's speech as we speak. Thanks again as always-Grant Stevens
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
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
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
Thanks again for your prompt and professional service. I look forward to hiring from you again in the future.-Jack Bamford
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I would like to say though that your service was great and that I will most certainly be using your company again.-Pantelis
Many thanks for all your help, the video looks great!-Dr Mellios, Bristol University
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
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, Halogen Films
Hi Stu, The Bolt worked just fine, thank you. Many thanks for a smooth Hire ….-Steve Hill, Blue Multimedia
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
We loved working with you guys, you made it very easy and the final footage was great.-David Keefe, Gro Company
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
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
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
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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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2 day film shoot with Absolute DogsPublished Wednesday 25 March 2020 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Stu spent Monday & Tuesday of this week filming a series of videos with the team from the AbsoluteDogs dog training company near Okehampton. The shoot was in doubt with the current Covid-19 situation and despite a lockdown starting on Monday evening, due to Stu having stayed in one ...
Live filming with Dog Agility World ChampionPublished Monday 17 February 2020 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Stu spent the last weekend down at the AbsoluteDogs training venue where he filmed a 2 day dog agility training course, with guest trainer and agility world champion Tobia Wust from Germany.. Unfortunately the event was held right in the middle of Storm Dennis, so it was a chilly day bu...
Gimbal operator provided for Global MediaPublished Friday 20 December 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Stu has been filming in Plymouth with Global Media, the company behind radio stations such as Heart, Classic FM & Radio X. Global also provide marketing campaigns for companies across the UK and it was this branch of the company who contacted us. Global's regional head of video ...
Aputure Lantern diffuser now in stockPublished Tuesday 17 December 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News
We love using the new Aputure LS C300d mk II, so when we saw that Aputure has released a new spherical softbox called 'The Lantern' we just had to get one in to try out! The lantern is so fast to set-up and use. This spherical softbox can pop open and be ready to use in mere sec...
More Puppy Course filming for Absolute DogsPublished Monday 2 December 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Stu has been a half day of filming with AbsoluteDogs for a their ongoing puppy course. This was this 4th of 12 shoots, which will take place once a month over a 12 month period. The online video training course will follow 2 pups (and special guest pups) throughout the year and document ...
Sound and Camera Crew Hire for White Screen Video shoot for UK ManufacturerPublished Thursday 21 November 2019 by Mark Brindle in Crew Hire
We have recently been engaged as lighting, camera and sound crew for a corporate video shoot for a major UK company for their internal e-learning group. We supplied a 3 meter wide white vinyl backdrop system with heavy duty light stand supports, LED lighting for the backdrop and the people...
BDCMF encode for The Wedding Present Something Left Behind Blu-rayPublished Thursday 14 November 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
We received a Blu-ray of the music documentary film of The Wedding Present George Best 30th Anniversary Tour - Something Left Behind, from director Andrew Jezard. Andrew had been touring with cinema screenings and now needed to get the Blu-ray ready for replication. We were sent the B...
Down on the Farm DVD production for NDMIPublished Tuesday 12 November 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
We have been making a DVD for North Devon Moving Image CIC for their Down on the Farm project which we have been one of the project sponsors. The six short films that make up Down on the Farm (DOTF) will be shown at a special screening at the newly re-opened Museum of Barnstaple on Friday ...
K9 First Aid filming with Absolute DogsPublished Monday 11 November 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Stu has been back to Okehamptonto film a live K9 First Aid event for the AbsoluteDogs dog training company. Despite the freezing weather, students gathered in the indoor training centre (sadly not heated) to learn the basics of canine first aid from a visiting Australian vet who had tra...
BDCMF for Samoan Action Comedy Feature Take Home PayPublished Friday 8 November 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
From Cinema to Blu-ray - check out the new trailer for M2S1 Films': Take Home Pay. We have been involved in converting the Blu-ray image to a BDCMF format required for the Blu-ray replication and delivering it back quickly to New Zealand. We were contacted by the movies Director Stallo...
Bridgwater Carnival 2019 Filming Crew Live Stream and DVD productionPublished Thursday 7 November 2019 by Mark Brindle in Video Production
We have been back to Bridgwater again on 2nd November 2019 for our 8th successful year filming the fabulous Bridgwater Carnival with a live mix for the big screen and Live Streaming again this year to YouTube. The Carnival was a fantastic spectacle and a great success for the organisers. W...
Super Trainer Live 2019 filming for Absolute DogsPublished Wednesday 6 November 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Stu has returned from 5 days of filming with AbsoluteDogs at Clinton Hall near Okehampton in Devon. He was there to film two events, the 3 day long Super Trainer Live 2019 event and a 2 day event titled Pro Dog Trainer. Super Trainer Live is a yearly event, which has grown from 30 atte...
BDCMF encode for Royal Military Tattoo Blu-ray 2019Published Monday 4 November 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
We have received a new Blu-ray of the Royal Military Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland from AJ Media Associates in Hertfordshire for the 2019 event. We were sent the Blu-ray electronically as BDMV folder / iso image and we did a BDCMF conversion and sent back the files same day for a quick tur...
Calm K9 product launch videos for AOK9Published Thursday 31 October 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
A-OK9, a new company created by the people behind Absolute Dogs, is focussed on promoting and improving the health of peoples dogs. Stu has been in Okehampton filming a series of web adverts and promo videos to be used both on social media and also the A-OK9 website. He also filmed an ...
DVD & Blu-ray authoring for Voice of the Eagle Robbie BashoPublished Friday 25 October 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working recently with filmmaker Liam Barker on his feature documentary Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma that was Robbie Basho - the American guitarist and mystic. We have been preparing the film for DVD and Blu-ray replication along with extra interviews (a lot of extras! In fac...
Slimmeria Retreat Devon Promo Video now livePublished Friday 25 October 2019 by Mark Brindle in Video Production
The new promotional video for the beautiful Slimmeria Devon Retreat has been signed off and has gone live online. The video was filmed during the summer of 2019 over a couple of Saturdays to allows us free access to the location at Merlin Court in Ilfracombe. We filmed some new scenic shot...
DCP for Stephen Wiltshire feature Billions of WindowsPublished Saturday 12 October 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
We have created a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) encode of the new feature Documentary 'Billions of Windows' for film-maker Sergey Stefanovich for its first cinema screening. Billions of Windows started life on Kickstarter and is now complete - a feature-length documentary that takes...
New Redrock ATLAS Remote Follow FocusPublished Friday 11 October 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News
We've been fans of the Redrock microRemote wireless follow focus since it was first released, but one potential downside was the requirement for separate receiver and motor units which took up room on the rig. Well now Redrock have released the Atlas motor, which combines the wirele...
BDCMF for Blu-ray release of 1962 film Tonny starring Per ChristensenPublished Wednesday 9 October 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
Nils R. Müller's bitter and socially critical 1962 film starring Per Christensen "Tonny", based on Jens Bjørnebo's novel "The Evil Shepherd" has now been released on Blu-Ray from Retro Film in Norway. We have been involved in converting the Blu-ray i...
Footage supplied to BBC for Saving Lives at SeaPublished Wednesday 9 October 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
Back in August we were contacted by Blast Films, the Production company behind the BBC's Saving Lives at Sea programme. Saving Lives at Sea is a documentary series following the volunteer members of the RNLI across the UK as they rescue those in need. As part of the series, filming...