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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

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

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 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 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 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

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

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

-Jason Miller, Tinderbox

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

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

-M Cassini, Fit Roads

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

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

-Jack Bamford

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Pantelis

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

-Grant Stevens

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 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

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

-Daniel, EpicTech

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

-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Steve Hill, Blue Multimedia

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

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

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 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

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

-Dr Mellios, Bristol University

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

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Latest News, Announcements & Projects

Camera rigs - what works best for you?

Published Thursday 7 March 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Here at Maniac Films we love a well designed camera rig, because while it's possible to shoot great video with just a camera and lens, many film-makers quickly realise that they need to add extra kit such as monitors, external recorders, matte boxes and microphones to their set-up. Mos...

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Post production for Pro Dog Trainer 2018 event

Published Tuesday 5 March 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production

Back in November 2018, Stu spent 5 days of filming with the AbsoluteDogs team near Okehampton in Devon, capturing two events, the 3 day long Super Trainer Live event and a 2 day event titled Pro Dog Trainer. Pro Dog trainer is a live extension of Absolute Dogs 'Pro Dog Trainer' ...

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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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Ronin-S 3-axis 1-handed gimbal stabiliser

Published Friday 1 March 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

New in from DJI, we now offer the DJI Ronin-S 3-axis gimbal stabiliser, designed to be used one handed with DSLR & Mirrorless cameras. The Ronin-S is a lightweight and versatile solution which is idea for cameras such as the Sony a7s II and Canon EOS 5D. For video demos and tutoria...

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click to play the videoDCP for Experimental Documentary And then we heard shouts and cries

Published Wednesday 20 February 2019 by Mark Brindle in Disc Production

We have just delivered a 2K DCP (Digital Cinema Package) for artist-filmmaker Ricky Chambers for his recent experimental documentary 'And then we heard shouts and cries' for an upcoming screening of the film. The film is an experimental documentary made in response to the 1968 part...

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Post production for Super Trainer Live 2018 event

Published Wednesday 20 February 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production

In November 2018, Stu spent 5 days of filming with the AbsoluteDogs team at Clinton Hall near Okehampton in Devon filming 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 saw it's high...

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click to play the videoBlu-Ray BDCMF encoding for Something Feature Film

Published Tuesday 29 January 2019 by Mark Brindle in Disc Production

Paul from Subspin Productions in Los Angeles asked us for assistance in preparing Blu-ray masters for Replication for his latest feature film Something starring Jane Rowen, Michael Gazin, Joel Clark Ackerman and Eric Roberts. The film is due for theatrical release in March 2019 and the DVD...

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Blu-Ray for Deckchair Cinema Screening of My Big White Thighs

Published Monday 21 January 2019 by Mark Brindle in Disc Production

Back by popular demand is the documentary 'My Big White Thighs' by Hannah Maia to play out at the Croyde Deckchair Cinema. We first saw this movie when we made a DCP of it for the Ilfracombe Film Festival a few years ago and wanted this to be the winning film - its that good. It...

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Final green screen pickup shot for Wookey Hotel Advert

Published Tuesday 15 January 2019 by Mark Brindle in Crew Hire

We've just finished a short pickup shot for one of the Wookey Hole Hotel adverts we filmed with Colour247 at the end of last year. We built a small bedroom set in our studio to film a green screen shot of a 'magic duvet' being pulled up - you can see the string but you wont see...

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Video filming crew for Autosport International NEC 2019

Published Monday 14 January 2019 by Mark Brindle in Crew Hire

We've been up to the NEC in Birmingham at the Autosport International show for a few days providing camera equipment and camera crew hire to The Event House eSports stand who were showcasing linked electronic car racing and motorcycle Virtual Reality gaming. The show was on 10th - 13th...

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click to play the videoMaxïmo Park 'As Long We Keep Moving' DVD Authoring

Published Thursday 10 January 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Disc Production

We have been working with the management team for Maxïmo Park to author the bands new DVD release. The Mercury Prize nominated British alternative rock band have been back in the studio to record a live album and accompanying DVD, titled 'As Long As We Keep Moving'. Recorde...

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click to play the videoVideo Production showreel 2019

Published Friday 4 January 2019 by Mark Brindle in Video Production

Just like waiting for a bus - we hadn't created a new showreel for a few years and now there are three in one week! This is our latest Video Production showreel featuring work from over the years where we have been involved in the complete end to end process from planning, filming, lig...

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click to play the videoManiac Films Video Crew Showreel 2019

Published Thursday 3 January 2019 by Mark Brindle in Crew Hire

Here is our new Video crew showreel for 2019. This is a collection of video clips from projects we have been involved in as crew up to the end of 2018 - some older and some newer. The clips range from crew on short and feature films, TV adverts, training films, sporting events, music video...

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click to play the videoManiac Films Post Production Showreel 2019

Published Thursday 3 January 2019 by Mark Brindle in Post Production

See our latest Post Production showreel with clips from some projects we have worked on in the last few years from documentary editing to feature film colour grading and visual effects. We have worked on a wide range of projects from music videos, live events and corporate presentations an...

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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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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 www.genesissurfshop.com. 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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