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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

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'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

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 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, 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

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!!


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 test went well, many thanks - great bit of kit! It (Paralinx) was rock solid. Very reliable and certainly added to their performance that night.


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

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 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

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 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

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

-Jack Bamford

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

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

-Oli Chopping

Thanks for all your help over the past few weeks. The kit has worked flawlessly and has shown me just how important it is to have a remote follow focus and wireless video on set. I don't think I could do another film without them!

-Cameron Browne

I think 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

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

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

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

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

-M Cassini, Fit Roads

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.


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

After finding we were short of two key items a day before the big event, I wanted to give you a big thank you for sorting everything out to make sure we had the equipment we needed when we really needed it. I really appreciate the way you guys went the extra mile to make sure we had everything we needed to do the job. The equipment was excellent and the service fantastic. I have no hesitation in recommending you to my colleagues or anyone else. Thanks again - it made all the difference.

-Chris, Impossible Arts

Thank you 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

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

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

-Jason Miller, Tinderbox

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

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 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

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

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


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 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

Many thanks for all your help, the video looks great!

-Dr Mellios, Bristol University

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 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


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Latest News, Announcements & Projects

2018 Christmas Camera Hire Offer

Published Wednesday 12 December 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

For Christmas 2018 we are offering 11 full days of camera/equipment hire for the price of just 2. The offer is open for bookings from Wednesday 12th December right up until 9am on Thursday 20th December. We aim to deliver all equipment on Friday 21st December 2018 and will collect it...

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Super Trainer Live filming for Absolute Dogs

Published Monday 3 December 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production

Stu has just come back from 5 days of filming with the AbsoluteDogs team at Clinton Hall near Okehampton in Devon. He was there to film 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 sa...

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Maniac FilmsWelcome to Maniac Films!

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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Genesis Old Guys Rule product photography

Published Wednesday 28 November 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Miscellaneous

We have been busy editing a range of new product photos taken for We were photographing a new line of t-shirts from popular mens brand 'Old Guys Rule' which will be sold on the Genesis online store. The t-shirts were modelled by Robin, the owner of the s...

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DCP decodes for Into Film Festival at Deckchair Cinema

Published Tuesday 13 November 2018 by Mark Brindle in Disc Production

We've been helping Chris Burrows from the Deckchair Cinema in Croyde who is screening films as part of the Into Film Festival 7-23rd November 2018. Chris needed an Into Film festival movie trailer converting from a standard Digital Cinema Package set of files (DCP) back to a normal DVD...

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Gimbal operator for Pages of the Sea on Saunton Beach

Published Monday 12 November 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Sunday 11th November 2018 say the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. As part of the events to mark this anniversary, on 32 beaches across the UK, giant sand portraits were created of some of the men & women who lost their lives during the war. The portraits were created by ...

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Bridgwater Carnival 2018 live event editing

Published Wednesday 7 November 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production

On Saturday 4th November, we spent the day filming Bridgwater Carnival from 10:30am until 11:30pm to capture the events leading up to, and then the main Bridgwater Carnival procession. The next three days were spent editing the footage for the DVD & releases. Mark edited the 2+ h...

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BDCMF encode for Royal Military Tattoo Blu-ray

Published Monday 5 November 2018 by Mark Brindle in Disc Production

We have build a replication ready verison of a new Blu-ray disc of the Royal Military Tattoo in Edinburgh for AJ Media Associates in Hertfordshire. Adam sent us the Blu-ray electronically via our wetransfer account and we did a BDCMF conversion and sent back the files same day for a quick ...

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Live Filming, Vision Mixing & live streaming at Bridgwater Carnival 2018

Published Sunday 4 November 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production

On Saturday 3rd November 2018, we arrived at 9am to set-up our gear for the 2018 Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, the largest illuminated procession in Britain. Maniac Films were back on location with a 7 person crew to document the event from 10:30am until the finish at 11:30pm. Although t...

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Post Production for Prison Workshop films for Stand Against Violence Charity

Published Thursday 25 October 2018 by Mark Brindle in Post Production

We have been finishing editing some Prison Workshop Films for Adam Fouracre, the CEO of Stand Against Violence, a Somerset-based charity founded by Adam in 2005 in the wake of the tragic murder of his brother Lloyd at the age of 17 while out with friends. In July this year Mark travelle...

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Blu-Ray BDCMF authoring for Royal International Air Tattoo 2018

Published Wednesday 24 October 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Disc Production

We have been working with Iain from, providing BDCMF conversion services for their latest Blu-Ray release. Eavery year, PlanesTV produce a DVD and Blu-ray release of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). This will be available to buy online through the Air Tattoo websi...

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click to play the videoInglorious - Where Are You Now? music video lighting & jib hire

Published Monday 22 October 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Back in August 2018 we hired our Losmandy Porta-Jib, Arri and Ianiro lights, Sachtler tripod and a camera rig to Nathan James, lead singer of rock band Inglorious to shoot two new music videos for their upcoming 3rd album. The first music video has just been released in advance of the a...

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4K and 2K DCP for Animated Feature STRIKE for AFM

Published Friday 19 October 2018 by Mark Brindle in Disc Production

We've built a quick turnaround 4K DCP encode with 5.1 surround sound for Homesick Angel's new Animated family feature film STRIKE from producer Jeremy Davis, Edward Catchpole and Director Trevor Hardy. A great movie for the whole family with some laugh out loud parts and great movi...

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Christmas TV Advert Filming with Colour247

Published Wednesday 17 October 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

We have been filming near the Brecon Beacons with Colour 247 for a series of Christmas TV adverts for a shopping Centre in Cardiff. We filmed the majority of the footage in the home of the family who will also star in the adverts and filmed one additional shot on the drive of another ho...

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Wicked Events Course filming for Absolute Dogs

Published Tuesday 16 October 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production

Stu has just come back from 2 days of filming with AbsoluteDogs at Roadford Lake near Okehampton. He was there to film a live event titled 'Wicked Events', a course for aspiring professional dog trainers to help them to run great dog training classes and events. Over the two da...

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Edit for Keith Chivers Personal Film

Published Monday 15 October 2018 by Mark Brindle in Post Production

We have finished editing a short documentary film about Keith Chivers, ARCM, the talented Barnstaple music tutor who has been teaching violin for many years and whose students keep gaining distinctions in their exams. We were approached to piece together material that Keith's close fri...

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4K advert filming at Wookey Hole with Colour247

Published Monday 8 October 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

We've spent two days filming the various types of accommodation at Wookey Hole with Director Colin Martin from Colour 247 for a series of upcoming Web adverts. Mark did some camera tests in advance of the shoot to check the dynamic range and gradability of the Sony Slog2 mode on the A7...

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