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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

-Christopher, Halogen 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

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

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

-Jack Bamford

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

-Dr Mellios, Bristol University

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

-M Cassini, Fit Roads

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'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

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

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

-Steve Hill, Blue Multimedia

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

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

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

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

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, 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

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

-Jason Miller, Tinderbox

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

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

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

-Grant Stevens

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

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

-Pantelis

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

-Oli Chopping

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz

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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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STRIKE DVD Authoring Subtitles and Quality Control

Published 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...

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Blu-Ray BDCMF encoding for Blue Öyster Cult Live

Published 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...

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4 days of live filming with Absolute Dogs

Published 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 ...

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Atomos Ninja-V HDR High Brightness monitor/recorder

Published 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...

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click to play the videoPutsborough Holiday Cottage Films Updates

Published Wednesday 26 June 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production

Back in 2015 we created short promotional films in and around three holiday cottages in the beautiful hamlet of Putsborough and a fourth in Croyde, North Devon. Fast forward 4 years and we have been back to the cottages, taking photographs and new footage to update the videos after the ...

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The Day My Life Changed Edit for SAV

Published Monday 24 June 2019 by Mark Brindle in Video Production

Mark has been working on the edit of 'The Day My Life Changed: Jays's Story' - a true story of violence and its consequences. This is the final short film for Adam Fouracre of the Somerset based charity Stand Against Violence (SAV) that we have created from a series of intervie...

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Training Academy filming for Absolute Dogs

Published Monday 24 June 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production

Stu has been back to Okehampton to film for 4 days with the team from Absolute Dogs. They were runnung a 4 day course for students to come along with their dogs and pick up some of the newest games and training techniques. Stu was on hand to film the sessions and captured over 50 lessons ...

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Video production starts for Slimmeria Retreats Ilfracombe

Published Saturday 15 June 2019 by Mark Brindle in Video Production

Mark has been busy filming a new business video for Slimmeria Retreats in Ilfracombe to showcase their fabulous Victorian property above Tunnels beach. The retreat runs as a weight loss and detox centre with fitness classes, yoga and walking options and would like to increase their presenc...

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BDCMF for Newly Restored Max Ophuls La Ronde

Published Monday 13 May 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production

Just in time for its Blu-ray release on May 27th we have been slightly involved in this digital remaster of the classic La Ronde. We have converted the Blu-ray master into the required BDCMF format for Blu-ray replication.  "A massive thanks for doing this so quickly - you've...

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STRIKE DCPs head across the World

Published Monday 6 May 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production

We have been busy sending out DCPs for the Animated feature film STRIKE to lots of countries around the globe - from the original set that went out to the VUE cinema chain (with special DCPs) and then off to the Viborg film festival in Denmark (with a special Prores verison to be played do...

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Facebook Out Instagram In

Published Thursday 2 May 2019 by Mark Brindle in Video Production

We have moved from Facebook and closed down our account. We havent done much B2C for a very long time and Mark did not use his linked FB account anyway. No social media? No of course not! We will focus on posts to our Twitter account (probably lost in the nasty political noise though) a...

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BDCMF conversion for Gunta Abele Solo Cello Magnificello Bluray

Published Tuesday 30 April 2019 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production

We have been converting this beautiful Blu-ray of the Latvian cellist Gunta Abele, to allow replication - Blu-ray to BDCMF format. See more details of our Blu-ray conversion service. See more of Gunta Abele on her YouTube channel. The Latvian cellist Gunta Abele was born in Riga, in to ...

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VFX Shots for Indi Sci-fi Feature Film Small Blue Disc

Published Tuesday 30 April 2019 by Mark Brindle in Post Production

Mark has been doing a few visual effects shots for the low budget Independant Sci-fi movie Small Blue DIsc by Halogen Films. A few alien abduction shots and some simple stars so far. There are a few more laser gun shots and alien shots planned when he has more time in the summer. Mark said...

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Advert & content filming for Absolute Dogs

Published Tuesday 9 April 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production

Stu has just returned from a day & a half of filming near Okehampton with AbsoluteDogs. He was there to film a series of promotional adverts for new online courses and a new book. He also filmed the content for a 14 day online course which will launch this year. The footage was shot...

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VFX Zombie arm for X64 Horror Short film

Published Monday 8 April 2019 by Mark Brindle in Post Production

Mark has been keeping his eye in with Mocha Pro and After Effects doing a short Visual Effects shot for Independant filmmaker Rhys Willaims from X64 for his new horror short film 'Scuttle'. Official bio: A young woman's sleep is interrupted by a sinister presence that lurks in ...

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Edit and Grade for Kathmandu Backpack Advert

Published Wednesday 3 April 2019 by Mark Brindle in Post Production

Ive been editing and colour grading a new backpack advert for Kathmandu to play out in their stores. The video was shot at an undisclosed testing location (UK) by photographer Christopher Lane with some camera and grip kit rented from Maniac Films including the skater dolly. The video is a...

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