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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
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
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
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
I've downloaded it and I've watched it - it's fantastic. Thank you again for the production of our films - they are fantastic. Many thanks for help and prompt response - much appreciated.-R Piechocki, University of Bristol
I 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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
At very short notice we contacted Maniac Films to hire a selection of lighting for some filming we had planned - we were very pleased and impressed with the service, delivery and advice received. Would HIGHLY RECOMMEND.-Julie, Cobham Composite Technologies
Thank you again for the excellent work, the video is sitting nicely on our new website page now.-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz
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
Hi Stu, The Bolt worked just fine, thank you. Many thanks for a smooth Hire ?.-Steve Hill, Blue Multimedia
A BIG THANK YOU for your patience and support! You remain a star in my firmament! :)-M Cassini, Fit Roads
Many thanks for all your help, the video looks great!-Dr Mellios, Bristol University
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 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
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 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
Excellent work on the videos guys. Thanks again for all this ? its fab stuff.-Jason Miller, Tinderbox
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 Bubl?
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
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
Thanks again for your prompt and professional service. I look forward to hiring from you again in the future.-Jack Bamford
We loved working with you guys, you made it very easy and the final footage was great.-David Keefe, Gro Company
G'day Mark and the Maniac Films crew. Many thanks for the all the additional editing work done on my films and the post production final polish, stoked with 'em and people seem to be enjoying them. See you with the West Africa and Tasmania films soon . . .-Julian Wicksteed, Angler Walkabout
The 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 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
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
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
I would like to say though that your service was great and that I will most certainly be using your company again.-Pantelis
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
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
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 unit worked great for us and was just what we needed for this project. Thanks for that!-Daniel, EpicTech
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
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
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
The shoot went really well and the kit was great. Thanks again for all your help, you'll come highly recommended from us.-Jake Hawkins, Charmed Apocalypse
Thanks 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
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 video is fantastic and we've managed to make it work in the (powerpoint) presentation. Thanks for all your help and speedy turnaround.-J Miechowicz, Actavis
Just 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
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
It's great. Your DAC-70 is just powering the Foreign Secretary's speech as we speak. Thanks again as always-Grant Stevens
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
Everything's arrived and is absolutely fantastic. Thank-you once again for a great service.-Oli Chopping
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Video Production in the South West and across the UK
Maniac Films are an award-winning video production company recently moved to Exmoor National Park from North Devon. 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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Crew hire for Cookware ads with Poppy CooksPublished Friday 29 July 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Mark & Stu have been filming on location near Windsor with a local marketing company to film a series of adverts for a major cookware manufacturer. The adverts starred Chef and influencer Poppy Cooks, whi has over 1million followers on TikTok, has just released a cookbook adn will soo...
TV spot filming at Wookey Hole CavesPublished Monday 25 July 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Something festive and magical was happening at Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset last week as Halloween and Christmas came early. We were back working with Colin from Colour 247 to capture shots for some upcoming TV ads for Wookey Hole Caves. Setting up inside the circus theatre and inside...
BDCMF Encoding for Cross of the Seven Jewels Blu-rayPublished Tuesday 28 June 2022 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Tetro Video are an Italian company who are supporting the DVD and Blu-ray release (and re-release) of films by independent film-makers. We have now worked with Tetrovideo on a couple of new releases and our latest collaboration in on the re-release of the 1987 Italian horror film 'Cro...
Crew hire for Corporate team building eventPublished Friday 10 June 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
We were contacted by Rob from Waggle Events, who needed a camera crew for a corporate training event near Burton on Trent. The event for a large haircare brand, who had arranged a corporate teambuilding event over a few days for a number of their head office staff. Four crew members tr...
Drug Abuse films for Stand Against Violence Charity SAVPublished Thursday 9 June 2022 by Mark Brindle in Video Production
Mark has been filming interviews with a family for a series of educational videos for the Somerset-based charity Stand Against Violence (SAV) . The videos will be used in workshops as part of a community education program to inform children about the harmful effects of legal highs, cannabi...
Bridgwater Carnival Jubilation cart at Queens Jubiilee paradePublished Tuesday 7 June 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
We want to offer up a massive congratulations to our friends at Bridgwater Carnival, who created a stunning 100ft long carnival cart to take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant on the 5th June 2022. The 100ft long carnival cart and 132 carnivalites performed in front of t...
DCP Encoding for Suspect FilmPublished Monday 16 May 2022 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working with director David Masters to produce a DCP encode of this new short film, Suspect. David is a London based director of short films and commercials, having worked around the world with major brands. Digital cinemas require films to be delivered in a format called ...
Magical filming at Wookey Hole for TV spotPublished Tuesday 10 May 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Something magical was happening at Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset yesterday We were working with Colour 247 to capture shots for an upcoming TV spot for Wookey Hole Caves. Setting up inside one of the famous caves, we were joined by the world renowned Witch of Wookey Hole as she weaved ...
Sound crew hire for Cladco promo shootPublished Thursday 5 May 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Stu has spent two days working with local company Panoptic, filming a promo shoot in a studio in Exeter. Stu was on hand to capture audio, while the Panoptic team took care of the visuals. Maniac Films also provided lighting kit hire for the shoot. The shoot was for Cladco, a large c...
Title animation for Eating Miss Campbell filmPublished Monday 2 May 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
We have been working with director Liam Regan to get his latest film 'Eating Miss Campbell ' ready for release. This has included a number of areas including grading, SFX and more. Stu recently worked on something a bit different though. Liam wanted an animated opening title...
I am Belmaya Blu-ray design & buildPublished Tuesday 19 April 2022 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working with Sue Carpenter to design and produce a Blu-ray release of the story of award winning Nepalese filmmaker Belmaya. The DVD release, titled 'I am Belmaya', features the titular 84min film directed by Sue Carpenter & Belmaya Nepali, and 3 short films mad...
Happy Easter to all of our CustomersPublished Thursday 14 April 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Miscellaneous
The team at Maniac Films would like to wish our customers a very Happy Easter We will be closed over the easter weekend (emails may be answered but it won't be immediate) and will be open again on Tuesday 19th. ...
Bridgwater Carnival 2022 is going ahead!Published Monday 21 March 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Exciting news! After two years of the incredible Bridgwater Carnival not being able to go ahead, 2022 will see the return of Bridgwater Carnival live and in person! So Maniac Films will be back in Bridgwater on the 5th November to livestream the event. We will have multiple cameras ...
Dog Agility filming with AbsoluteDogsPublished Friday 18 March 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Stu have been filming near Okehampton with the team from. AbsoluteDogs. He was filming a live event with a guest dog Agility trainer from Spain, Iban Cubedo. Joining in the class as well and filming the introductions for the day was our long time client Lauren Langman, fresh from her 1st ...
Crew hire for Healthcare Product Promo ContentPublished Sunday 13 March 2022 by Mark Brindle in Crew Hire
Mark has been providng LED lighting and assisting with filming for a North-Devon based marketing company to create a series of adverts and Instagram content for a major healthcare product manufacturer, aimed at the home-testing market . He was working as a camera assistant on the shoot ...
Camera Hire and Post Services for Lois Norman Short Film CravePublished Friday 21 January 2022 by Mark Brindle in Post Production
We have recently helped award-winning Devon-based filmmaker Lois Norman with Blackmagic camera and grip hire (black flags/c-stands) for her micro short film Crave. Crave has been commissioned through the Exeter Phoenix program to deliver an engaging narrative film in only 3 minutes. Aft...
DVD authoring for Operation Overlord feature filmPublished Thursday 13 January 2022 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have just completed DVD authoring for the upcoming DVD release of the new film from Brett Bentman, Operation Overlord. Due for DVD release in March 2022, Operation overlord stars Thom Hallum, Billy Blair & Stacey Sheffield in a story of two US Soldiers who, a week before the alli...
New Allen & Heath ZED-14 mixing deskPublished Monday 13 December 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News
We have now added the Allen & Heath ZED-14 mixing desk to our rental kit. The ZED-14 is a perfect mixer for small bands, solo performers or AV applications. Its comprehensive feature set, compact size and fine lines combine to make it one of the best small mixers around. Provided wi...
Live event vision & audio mixing for Travel ChapterPublished Friday 10 December 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
The Maniac team have spent three days at the Pier House in Westward Ho! working with local company Panoptic. They were hired by holiday homes specialist Travel Chapter to assist with the AV for their yearly Christmas conference. Panoptic called us in as we have experience in live video ...
Live event filming at Bideford Chistmas Lights 2021Published Monday 6 December 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
On Sunday, Stu joined up with Phil from Phil Saunders Creative and other camera crew to live stream the Bideford Christmas Lights Switch On 2021. The yearly event has been able to go ahead again after the cancellation of the 2020 event. Because so many people are still staying at home a...