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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

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

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

Hi Stu, The Bolt worked just fine, thank you. Many thanks for a smooth Hire ?.

-Steve Hill, Blue Multimedia

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 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 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

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

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

-Oli Chopping

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

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 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

The unit worked great for us and was just what we needed for this project. Thanks for that!

-Daniel, EpicTech

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

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 Bubl?

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

We loved working with you guys, you made it very easy and the final footage was great.

-David Keefe, Gro Company

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

It's great. Your DAC-70 is just powering the Foreign Secretary's speech as we speak. Thanks again as always

-Grant Stevens

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

-Pantelis

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

-Jason Miller, Tinderbox

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

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'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

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

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 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 again for the excellent work, the video is sitting nicely on our new website page now.

-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz

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

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

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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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Livestream mix, camera & audio crew for London Law Firm

Published Friday 27 January 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Mark & Stu have just returned from a trip to London, Where they provided a multi-camera livestream service for an interview. The team were back working again in the new head office of a London Law firm, having previously visited on a number of occasions now. This time they were the...

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A Call to Arms Script Finalist at BIFF Film Festival

Published Wednesday 25 January 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Miscellaneous

Earlier this month we wrote about how Mark has been working with local writer Julian Poulter to help to bring his script to life. We've recevied word that the script for 'A Call to Arms has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 'Best Feature Script or Screenplay' categor...

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Lighting crew hire for TV advert in Paignton

Published Monday 23 January 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Mark just spent two days in Paignton filming with Simple Media and T&S Creative Communications. He was proving wet lighting hire for a TV advert for a major internet provider. Mark arrived on the first day to help to set-up the lights that he was provinding. The crew spent the whole...

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Blu-ray Authoring for My Bloody Banjo feature

Published Monday 16 January 2023 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production

We have been working for some time to assist with post production and editing for the new feature film directed by Liam Regan, My Bloody Banjo. More recently we have been working to help with the DVD & Blu-ray releases. Stu has been working on the menu designs while Mark has been e...

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Script editing for A Call to Arms feature

Published Monday 9 January 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Miscellaneous

Mark has been working with local writer Julian Poulter to help to bring his feature film script to life. Julian has written a script for a Viking themed feature film called 'A Call to Arms', set at the beginning of the middle ages  and based on real historical characters. J...

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click to play the videoBDCMF for Hazel is Back: Restoring an Icon

Published Tuesday 20 December 2022 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production

We have been working with the Diocese of Orange County, USA, to help to bring a documentary to Blu-Ray. Titled 'Hazel is Back: Restoring an Icon', the documentary follows the 8 year, $3million journey to restore Hazel, one of the worlds most famous pipe organs which dates back t...

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Wookey Hole TV ad pulled as it's too successful!!

Published Friday 9 December 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Wow, this is some nice feedback. Back in July we filmed a TV spot for Wookey Hole Caves which was planned to be shown in the run-up to Christmas 2022. However we just recevied word from the director Colin from Colour 247 that the advert has been pulled from television, and not for bad ...

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Aputure MT Pro LED lighting now in stock

Published Thursday 1 December 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

We've loved playing around with the Aputure AL-MC Mini LED lights. With their multi colour panel and effects, they've feen super fiun and useful. But they are very small (not much more than a credit card) So when Aputure announced the MT Pro , Aputure’s first-ever full-color...

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click to play the videoMorris Men movie premiere - Maniac Films sponsor

Published Thursday 1 December 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Back in October, Maniac Films proudly announced that we were sponsoring the new movie, Morris Men, written & produced by DB Morgan and directed by Gregg Masuak. We provided our Canon 18-80 Cine Servo Zoom lens for free for the shoot, allowing them to catch the shots needed and finis...

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click to play the videoBDCMF conversion for Viimne reliikvia (The Last Relic) feature from allfilm Estonia

Published Monday 28 November 2022 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production

We have been working again with Allfilm (allfilm.ee) to convert Grigori Kromanov's 1969 cult film "The Last Relic to allow replication for distribution on Blu-Ray.  We hvae worked withh Allfilm before to provice our Blu-ray to BDCMF format conversion, which is a format requi...

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Live event filming for Super Trainer Live 2022

Published Thursday 24 November 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Stu has been in Okehampton filming from a 5 day event over the last weekend. He was filming and providing content for a Zoom-bases livestream conference for the annual Super Trainer Live event for Absolute Dogs. Back in 2020, coronavirus restrictions forced the team at Absolute Dog...

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Absolute Dogs video courses edits complete

Published Monday 21 November 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production

We have been working with long time customers Absolute Dogs to produce a number of their newest online dog training courses. Last week, at their Super Trainer Live event they launched 5 of the courses that Stu filmed across June & July 2022. Launched at the event were: Poodle...

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Camera crew / Editor hire for teambuilding conference

Published Thursday 10 November 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Stu has spent 3 days woking with Rob from Waggle Events, who needed a camera operator & editor for a corporate training event near Bristol. The event was for a law enforcement agency, who had arranged a corporate team building event over a few days for a number of their staff. Stu ...

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Sound op hire for factory promo shoot

Published Thursday 10 November 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Stu has been working with local company Panoptic, filming a series of promotional videos at a factory in Okehampton Stu was on hand to capture audio, while the Panoptic team took care of the visuals. Maniac Films also provided a number of Pag V-lok batteries to power the LED lights on t...

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click to play the videoBridgwater Carnival 2022 Filming Crew Live Stream and DVD production

Published Wednesday 9 November 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

We have finally been back to Bridgwater on the 5th November 2022 for our 9th successful year filming the fabulous Bridgwater Carnival in it's spectacular return after a 2 year break (due to Covid-19). As with previous years we created a live mix for the big screen and a Live Stream to ...

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Gimbal crew hire for live conference event

Published Monday 24 October 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

We were contacted by Rob from Waggle Events, who needed a two crew members who could operate gimbal cameras with wireless video transmitters for a team building evert at a conference in Wales. The conference was for a major soft drinks manufacturer and included a 2 hour team building even...

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Manic Films Teranex powers UK NFL games live coverage

Published Monday 10 October 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

For a second year, we have provided EMGLIVEUK with one of our Blackmagic Teranex Express standards converters to assist with their live coverage of the NFL (National Fotball League) games in the UK during October On the 2nd October, the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings (with...

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Lens sponsorship for Morris Men movie

Published Monday 3 October 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Maniac Films are proud to be sponsoring the new movie, Morris Men, written & produced by DB Morgan and directed by Gregg Masuak. We were contacted by Producer Dom to request our help with kit for his 3rd feature film. Although they had most of the kit needed for the shoot, they were...

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Crew hire for hybrid zoom Conference

Published Friday 16 September 2022 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

We were contacted by Rob from Waggle Events, who needed a crew who could operate both a Zoom and VMix for a hybrid conference event in Lancaster. The event was based around Sociology and saw experts and students from around the world attend either in person, or online via Zoom. Six cre...

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BDCMF encode Tetrovideo Philosophy of a Knife film

Published Thursday 18 August 2022 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production

Tetro Video are a Italian media company who are supporting the DVD and Blu-ray release of films by independant film-makers and also creating deluxe editions of classic horror films. To this end they recently sent us a copy of Philosophy of a Knife, a 2008 Russian-American horror film writ...

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