Maniac Films Covid-19 Virus Update 2021
Maniac Films are operating as normal for both production & camera hire services and will continue to do so until advised otherwise.
As a precaution we have increased our hygeine practises including the careful cleaning of any equipment returned to us
Our next day courier APC are still delivering, although drivers are taking precautions such as minimal contact with recipients

Please note: Due to courier restictions we are unable to ship out any orders on the same day as your order is placed. All orders will need to be completed by 4:30pm on the day before shipping.


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Crew Hire

DoP, lighting, camera and sound recording crew for 4k Snow White Panto TV advert in Bristol Hippodrome with Colour247 Sound crew on location for VW promo with GSL Media At Exeter Chiefs Rugby stadium with Cineon Productions as focus puller and jib and dolly grip

Maniac Films not only hire camera, lighting, grip and sound equipment for productions but we can also provide experienced operators to use the kit too. We can work with you and your clients on a complex production or can work independently on your behalf - saving you time and money. Give us a brief and we can discuss the equipment and the crew positions needed.

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, Colour247

We don't just work on our own video productions, we also offer crew hire for many positions including Director of Photography (DoP), camera operator, 1st Assistant Camera (1st AC/focus puller), 2nd Assistant camera, Jib grip, Dolly grip, lighting cameraman, sound recordist, boom operator, gimbal operator as well as editor, DiT and VFX crew too. We offer wet-hire of any of our rental kit - sometimes its cheaper to hire us with equipment then to just rent the gear.

camera and sound crew for BBC interviews Camera, vision mixer, crane grip crew for Mole Valley Live catwalk show Lighting, camera and sound crew for IPad application for Divine Chocolate for Uber London

Our crew have worked on TV adverts, feature films, corporate promo's, documentaries & sports films. We have worked in a range of locations from studios and theatres to windswept mountains - so why not give us a try on your next shoot?

It was amazing having Stu there to help (with the sound recording) - Ben, GSL Media

'Wet hire' can also save you money compared to hiring crew and equipment separately. The hire charge for some of our equipment is included in the crew hire day rate (certain items such as the jib cost extra and may require 2 or more crew members).

We use all of our hire equipment on our own productions so we are familiar with the kit. Familiarity means less mistakes and less time wasted setting up and getting to know the kit. If you want to learn on the job you can learn from us too - we are a friendly bunch!

Dop, lighting, camera and sound crew for 4k TV advert for Colour247 in Bristol Feature crew 1st AC focus puller, dolly and jib grip and 2nd Camera operator for The Reverend camera and dolly grip crew for slow motion shoot for Wookey Hole TV advert by Colour247

We work locally in the South West UK but can travel across the country and have often found ourselves in Leeds, Cumbria, London or deep into the heart of Wales. We have worked on productions in Indonesia, Fiji & Australia too and are keen to travel as required. Contact us now to discuss your crew needs or browse some of our previous projects below. If you need a video filming and editing as a complete video production rather then equipment and crew hire, please see our video production services for more information.

Livestream filming for STL 2020

Published 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...

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Camera crew hire for cookware promo shoot

Published Wednesday 21 October 2020 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Stu has spent the last 4 days on location in North Devon with a local marketing & events company. Stu was working as a camera assistant on the shoot which involved product demonstrations and unboxing videos for a major cookware company. Over the 4 days, Stu assisted with camera set-u...

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Camera crew for Corporate film in Plymouth

Published Friday 4 September 2020 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Mark has been working with Plymouth based GSL Media to assist with a corporate video shoot. Mark was asked to film the CEO of a company based in Plymouth which make computer chips and semiconductors. He was the only member of crew for this shoot as there was was a need to keep numbers dow...

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Crew hire for cookware promo shoot in Barnstaple

Published Tuesday 21 July 2020 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Mark has been on a 2 day shoot in a show home in Barnstaple with a local marketing & events company, capturing footage for a major cookware brand. Due to the pandemic, the client viewed the shoot remotely, being sent a live feed of the footage bing recorded via the internet. Mark was ...

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Gimbal operator provided for Global Media

Published Friday 20 December 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Stu has been filming in Plymouth with Global Media, the company behind radio stations such as Heart, Classic FM & Radio X. Global also provide marketing campaigns for companies across the UK and it was this branch of the company who contacted us. Global's regional head of video co...

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Sound and Camera Crew Hire for White Screen Video shoot for UK Manufacturer

Published Thursday 21 November 2019 by Mark Brindle in Crew Hire

We have recently been engaged as lighting, camera and sound crew for a corporate video shoot for a major UK company for their internal e-learning group. We supplied a 3 meter wide white vinyl backdrop system with heavy duty light stand supports, LED lighting for the backdrop and the people...

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click to play the videoBridgwater Carnival 2019 Filming Crew Live Stream and DVD production

Published Thursday 7 November 2019 by Mark Brindle in Crew Hire

We have been back to Bridgwater again on 2nd November 2019 for our 8th successful year filming the fabulous Bridgwater Carnival with a live mix for the big screen and Live Streaming again this year to YouTube. The Carnival was a fantastic spectacle and a great success for the organisers. W...

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Camera Crew Hire for Global Media

Published 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 a...

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Live Event Crew for eSports Car Racing Event

Published Friday 29 March 2019 by Mark Brindle in Crew Hire

We've been down to Mercedes Benz World with The Event House for the finals of the eSports Racing Championships (Project Cars 2) with a three person crew filming the car racing and the live commentary as well as interviewing the drivers and generating material for future promo films. Se...

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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 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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Gimbal operator for Pages of the Sea on Saunton Beach

Published Monday 12 November 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Sunday 11th November 2018 say the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. As part of the events to mark this anniversary, on 32 beaches across the UK, giant sand portraits were created of some of the men & women who lost their lives during the war. The portraits were created by vo...

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Live Filming, Vision Mixing & live streaming at Bridgwater Carnival 2018

Published Sunday 4 November 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

On Saturday 3rd November 2018, we arrived at 9am to set-up our gear for the 2018 Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, the largest illuminated procession in Britain. Maniac Films were back on location with a 7 person crew to document the event from 10:30am until the finish at 11:30pm. Although t...

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Christmas TV Advert Filming with Colour247

Published Wednesday 17 October 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

We have been filming near the Brecon Beacons with Colour 247 for a series of Christmas TV adverts for a shopping Centre in Cardiff. We filmed the majority of the footage in the home of the family who will also star in the adverts and filmed one additional shot on the drive of another hous...

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4K advert filming at Wookey Hole with Colour247

Published Monday 8 October 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

We've spent two days filming the various types of accommodation at Wookey Hole with Director Colin Martin from Colour 247 for a series of upcoming Web adverts. Mark did some camera tests in advance of the shoot to check the dynamic range and gradability of the Sony Slog2 mode on the A7...

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Film crew hire for interviews in London

Published Friday 28 September 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Mark & Stu have spent a day filming in central London for GSL Media. Usually Ben from GSL is the one manning the camera on these shoots with Stu providing audio services, but on this occasion Ben was unable to make it so he asked Mark to go along with Stu to take care of the filming. ...

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Sound crew hire for major supermarket shoot

Published Monday 11 June 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Back in the office after a 4 day shoot in London & Brighton, Stu has been recording sound on location for a series of e-learning videos for a major supermarket chain with GSL Media. The shoot took place in 4 of the supermarket chains stores, ranging from small 'local' convenie...

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