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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
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
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
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
Hi Stu, The Bolt worked just fine, thank you. Many thanks for a smooth Hire ….-Steve Hill, Blue Multimedia
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
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
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 again for your prompt and professional service. I look forward to hiring from you again in the future.-Jack Bamford
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
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 would like to say though that your service was great and that I will most certainly be using your company again.-Pantelis
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
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
A BIG THANK YOU for your patience and support! You remain a star in my firmament! :)-M Cassini, Fit Roads
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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 unit worked great for us and was just what we needed for this project. Thanks for that!-Daniel, EpicTech
Many thanks for all your help, the video looks great!-Dr Mellios, Bristol University
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 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
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
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
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
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
Excellent work on the videos guys. Thanks again for all this – its fab stuff.-Jason Miller, Tinderbox
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
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
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
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
We loved working with you guys, you made it very easy and the final footage was great.-David Keefe, Gro Company
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
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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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New Redrock Atlas remote focus systemPublished 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 downfall 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 wireless receive...
Footage supplied to BBC for Saving Lives at SeaPublished Wednesday 9 October 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Miscellaneous
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...
Filming a Puppy Course for Absolute DogsPublished Thursday 26 September 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Stu has just returned from a 2nd half day of filming with AbsoluteDogs for a new puppy course. This was this 2nd of 12 shoots, which will take place once a month over a 12 month period. The course will follow 2 pups (and special guest pups) throughout the year and document their progress...
BDCMF conversion for Tennessee Gothic feature from Jeff WeddingPublished Monday 23 September 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
Jeff Wedding has been making motion pictures for over fifteen years, with TENNESSEE GOTHIC being his third feature at the directing helm. Jeff got in touch to ask us to convert his Blu-ray into BCMDF format ready for disc replication. Tennessee Gothic is said to be an Audacious Come...
Final VFX Shots using Resolve Face Beauty plugin and GenartsPublished Sunday 22 September 2019 by Mark Brindle in Post Production
Mark has been creating some final visual effects shots for the low budget Indi Sci-fi movie Small Blue DIsc by Halogen Films. Possible Spoiler Alert! Mark has tried to create an alien cyborg look from a very vague alien type direction (!) and some on-spaceship abduction plates to help sell...
Blu-Ray BDCMF encoding for Blue Öyster Cult 40th Anniversary Agents of FortunePublished Thursday 19 September 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
We've been converting a newly created Blu-ray for Blue Öyster Cult's 40th Anniversary of Agents of Fortune Live tour. Named after the fourth studio album from the BOC and played live in 2017 as the 40th anniversary basically playing the album back to back. A full HD multi-came...
Camera Crew Hire for Global MediaPublished Wednesday 18 September 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Global Media, the company behind radio stations such as Heart, Classic FM & Radio X also provide marketing campaigns for companies across the UK. We received a call from Globals regional head of video last week with a request for a camera operator to visit a local Care Home and film...
BDCMF conversion for Truth and Justice feature from allfilm EstoniaPublished Thursday 12 September 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
We have been converting this beautiful Blu-ray of the Estonian feature film Truth and Justice from Allfilm (allfilm.ee), to allow replication for distribution - Blu-ray to BDCMF format conversion - in this case a dual layer Blu-ray with tons of extra content and VFX breakdowns and multiple...
Nikon Primes Cine Kits AddedPublished Wednesday 14 August 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News
We have just equipped some of our most popular Nikon manual focus primes with P+S Technik lens gears, ensuring that they are ready for any shoot. The lens gears feature an industry standard 0.8 pitch and should work with virtually any follow focus system. We have created 2 kits using...
Aputure c300d Mk II LED lighting now in stockPublished Thursday 1 August 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News
We loved the Aputure LS C300d LED light so much that when Aputure announced the new Aputure LS C300d mk II, we just couldnt resist! Aputure took everything that we loved about the mk i and improved on that base. The new and improved 300d Mark II is 20% brighter, more durable, more port...
More VFX Shots for Indi Sci-fi Feature Film - Ray gunsPublished Monday 29 July 2019 by Mark Brindle in Post Production
Mark has been making a few more visual effects shots for the low budget Indi Sci-fi movie Small Blue DIsc by Halogen Films. Possible Spoiler Alert! Mark has completed two shots where the main characters get abducted again when they are older, plus 4 or 5 shots from a scene where a ray gun ...
STRIKE DVD Authoring Subtitles and Quality ControlPublished Friday 26 July 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
Mark has been busy re-timing and converting the English dialogue list for animated feature film STRIKE into English subtitles and authoring a new DVD for release in 2019 - get your copy in Asda and other outlets soon. The DVD is authored as a 24p DVD9 dual layer disc and features behind th...
Blu-Ray BDCMF encoding for Blue Öyster Cult LivePublished Thursday 25 July 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
We've been converting a newly created Blu-ray for Blue Öyster Cult's performance at Hard Rock Live, Northridge Ohio back in 2014 ready for Bluray replication. We have been engaged by sound engineer and band member Richie Castellano (Band Geek Studios) who has created the Blura...
Scenic 4k Filming in and around IlfracombePublished Tuesday 23 July 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Phew, what a scorcher! Yesterday Stu spent one of the hottest days of the year capturing scenic shots of some of our beautiful North Devon Costline. Stu ventured out into the heat and first began by climbing HIlllsborough in Ilfracombe to capture shots looking down over the harbour. He ...
4 days of live filming with Absolute DogsPublished Friday 19 July 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Stu has spent he last 4 days in Okehampton, filming 4 days of live teaching events with the AbsoluteDogs dog training company. The 4 days all fell into themes, such as Calmness and Gundog and were aimed towards owners who need help with certain types of struggle that they may be facing ...
Atomos Ninja-V HDR High Brightness monitor/recorderPublished Monday 8 July 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News
Now in stock, we have the Atomos Ninja V - an all new compact 5.2" 1000nit high brightness HDR monitor/recorder with unrivalled advanced features. It has a sleek modern design and weighs just 11oz - perfect for mirrorless cameras, DSLRs and gaming. This clever little monitor can re...