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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
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
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 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
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
I would like to say though that your service was great and that I will most certainly be using your company again.-Pantelis
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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 Bubl?
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
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
Excellent work on the videos guys. Thanks again for all this ? its fab stuff.-Jason Miller, Tinderbox
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 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 again for the excellent work, the video is sitting nicely on our new website page now.-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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'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
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
The unit worked great for us and was just what we needed for this project. Thanks for that!-Daniel, EpicTech
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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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10 days of filming content for Absolute DogsPublished Monday 19 July 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Based near Okehampton in Devon, dog training specialists AbsoluteDogs have gained a worldwide online following with students across the globe. Integral to this success are their subscription based online training courses and popular web series. Stu has spent 10 days of the last month, i...
BDCMF conversion Focus 50 - Live in RioPublished Monday 26 April 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We've been converting a new Blu-ray for 70's progressive rock band Focus, best known for the brilliant (but bonkers) Hocus Pocus. As part of the bands 50th Anniversary celebrations, they are releasing a 4 disc collection titled 'Focus 50' which will include 3 specially rec...
Promo advert for A-OK9 updatedPublished Wednesday 17 February 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
Back in July 2020, Stu created a promotionl film for canine healthcare company A-OK9 to promote the companys calming cupplement for anxious or over-excited dogs Today Stu has been updating the film, as the company have taken teh step to replace the solid plastic pot that the product was p...
DVD authoring & Duplication for Shannon TrustPublished Monday 15 February 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We were contacted recently by the Shannon Trust, a national charity supporting thousands of prisoners a year by helping the to transform their lives by unlocking the power of reading. Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, the trust have been unable to safely send volunteers into prisons to ...
Sci-fi film Small Blue Disc is released on Amazon PrimePublished Thursday 21 January 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
Throughout 2019, Mark was busy working on some final visual effects shots for the low budget Indi Sci-fi movie Small Blue Disc by Halogen Films. See the link above for one small scene example - boy shoots ray gun. The shots have included adding in a laser beam form a ray gun, creating an ...
Sex, Drugs & HIV 8 x DVD authoringPublished Monday 18 January 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Mark has been working with Mat Sargeant, Bass player in 90's band Chelsea, Sham 69, Splodgenessabounds and various others. Back in 1995 Mat decided to ask a few fellow musicians to help him put an album together to give something back to the charities that had helped him on ...
Online workshops completed for Absolute DogsPublished Monday 11 January 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Back August 2020, Stu filmed three online dog training workshops with Absolute Dogs near Okehampton. The courses were filmed over 6 days. Two of them were 'live' events with students learning on location and the third was filmed behind closed doors. Despite being filmed in August,...
Post Production work for Unit Eleven re-releasePublished Monday 11 January 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
We have been working with director Theo Cane Garvey in planning for a re-release of his 2019 movie 'Unit Eleven'. Unit Eleven was shot was written, directed, filmed and edited on a zero budget over the course of six years. It is set in the year 2035, where survivors of a now almos...
Promotional video for Robson & Stephens Funeral DirectorsPublished Wednesday 6 January 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
We have been working with Bridgwater and Minehead based funeral directors Robson & Stephens to produce a short promotional video advertising their business & services in the local area and for online use. As the video was shot during the Covid-19 pandemic, we reduced our crew down...
Somerset Freemasons 2020 Festival closure filmPublished Tuesday 5 January 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
2020 has been an odd year and the Covid-19 outbreak has meant that many events that involve people gathering have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. We were contacted by the Somerset Freemasons, who have been holding their 2020 fundraising festival throughout the year. Unfortunately...
BDCMF for LABO 20th anniversary releasePublished Friday 18 December 2020 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Since 2001, the Lab Competition of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival has given prominence to visionary, avant-garde and (re)inventor filmmakers. Every year, this completely offbeat selection takes teh audience by surprise and shakes up a cinematic landscape based on its achievements...
BDCMF encode for Ashens and the Polybius HeistPublished Monday 7 December 2020 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been helping Stuart Ashen to get his new film 'Ashens and the Polybius Heist' ready for Blu-ray release. Released in late 2020, Ashens and the Polybius Heist tells the story of a motley crew of misfits hunts down an infamous '80s arcade game that can supposedly control...
BDCMF conversion for new film Solo cose bellePublished Monday 30 November 2020 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working with director Kristian Gianfreda to bring his new film, Solo cose belle to Blu-ray. In English, Solo cose belle translates to Only Beautiful things Solo cose belle is a 90 minute drama filmed in Italian and shot in and around San Giovanni in Marignano in Italy. We wer...
Kit hire for Netflix Sex Education Series 3 shootPublished Monday 30 November 2020 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News
We have just provided live mixing kit to the producers of the upcoming Netflix show; Sex Education series 3. Production of the popular show was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it was officially announced on Twitter in September that production had begun. Star Gillian Anderson (J...
Angler Walkabout New Zealand DVD out nowPublished Tuesday 24 November 2020 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
Back in 2014/2015, we worked with author Julian Wicksteed to assist with the editing & post-production of two travel documentaries that he had filmed. Julian is the author of the Angler Walkabout series of books which document his fishing adventures to what he calls the "blank sp...
Greenscreen effects for Professor Jack DarcyPublished Thursday 19 November 2020 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
Following on from our recent shoot with Ross, a.k.a Professor Jack Darcy, Ross travelled down to Dulverton to check up on the edit of his short comedy piece, but to also squeeze in a bit of green screen filming in the local village hall. We set-up a portable green screen in the village ha...
Last Stop Coney Island DVD authoring for Andy DunnPublished Thursday 19 November 2020 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working with filmmaker Andy Dunn to produce the DVD release of his new documentary about photographer Harold Feinstein titled ''Last Stop Coney Island'. Harold Feinstein was a famous photographer born in 1931 who first became known for his street photography in Ne...
Bridgwater Carnival 2020 'Best Of' film productionPublished Wednesday 18 November 2020 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Ah Bridgwater Carnival, this should have been our 9th successive year of filming and live streaming this huge and fantastic annual event. Sadly the Covid-19 pandemic put a stop to that, as 10's of thousands of people cramming onto the streets of Bridgwater isn't the safest way to r...
Livestream filming for STL 2020Published Wednesday 18 November 2020 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Stu spent 5 days over the last weekend in Okehampton filming the annual Super Trainer Live event for Absolute Dogs. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the team at Absolute Dogs were forced to cancel their plan to hold their event in front of a 500 strong audience in Torquay. Instead the...
Darlin horror film gets the BDCMF treatmentPublished Friday 13 November 2020 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working with Hood River Films to produce a BDCMF encoding for the Spanish Blu-ray release of Darlin' - a new feature horror film from director Pollyanna McIntosh The film has already been released on Blu-ray elsewhere but now that the film has been dubbed with Spanish dia...