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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.

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 ...

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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 ho...

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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' conven...

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click to play the videoVideo Playout Crew for Cornish Ice Cream Commercial

Published Wednesday 16 May 2018 by Mark Brindle in Crew Hire

Mark has been down to the lovely Hayle Beach in Cornwall as part of the crew for the latest Kelly's Ice cream commercial 'Beach Huts' by Director Alex Turner from Fat Lemon tv. Shot on the Arri mini Alexa with anamorphic lenses on a beautiful sunny day in April, Mark was tasked...

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Sound crew & teleprompter hire for hospital training film

Published Friday 20 April 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

We sent Stu down to London for a day with Ben from GSL Media. Ben had hired Stu in as a sound recording crew for a training video shoot in a major London eye hospital. Stu also took along our iPad Teleprompter system which Ben had hired for the shoot. Stu was part of a 4 person crew, w...

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Sound crew hire for shoot in Geneva

Published Wednesday 28 March 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Stu has just returned from a short corporate shoot in Geneva, Switzerland for GSL Media. Stu was part of a crew who were filming 6 interviews with some of the top people in a major inspection, verification, testing and certification company. The interviews will form part of a new onl...

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click to play the videoProduct advert filming for the Gro Company

Published Monday 22 January 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

We spent a day in a studio near Exeter working with the Gro Company to film a web advert for a new product which will soon be launching in Australia and will also be launching here in the UK later this year. Gro tend to shoot a lot of their web videos in house, but for larger launches t...

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Sound crew provided for shoot with major internet company

Published Wednesday 15 November 2017 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Stu has just returned from a 1 day shoot in London at the London HQ of a major internet search company, where he worked as a location sound recordist for an corporate training film with GSL Media. As mentioned, the shoot was for a very popular internet search company at their London HQ....

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Live Event Kit and Crew for Mole Valley Farmers Dairy Conference

Published Friday 10 November 2017 by Mark Brindle in Crew Hire

We've had a busy November with another Live event kit and crew hire this time for Phil Saunders Creative at the Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset for the Mole Valley Farmers Diary Conference. We did a full equipment pre-build and setup our ATEM 4K vison mixer kit and multiple 4K cameras ...

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Sound recordist & camera hire for charity film

Published Friday 3 November 2017 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Stu has just returned from a two day shoot in London with Ben from GSL Media as a sound recordist. Stu also took along a Sony a7s II 4K camera to allow Ben to shoot in 4K video. The team were filming a series of interviews for a major charity. All of the interviewees suffer from variou...

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Sound crew hire for shoot in Copenhagen

Published Monday 30 October 2017 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Stu has just returned from a 2 day shoot in Copenhagen, where he fulfilled the role of sound recordist for an e-learning Health & Safety film with GSL Media. The shoot was for a major pharmaceutical company at their headquarters. The crew were there to film a series of short dr...

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Sound crew & camera hire for Pharmaceutical company film

Published Wednesday 9 August 2017 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

Stu has been visiting the offices of a major pharmaceutical company near London with Ben from GSL Media. They were there to film sections for an online training module for new company starters. Stu was on location with his preferred location audio kit to ensure the best sound possible was ...

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Accommodation advert filming for Fiona Lewis

Published Monday 10 July 2017 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

After a whole host of filming and photographic shoots for Ragamuffin the dog, we have been working local film maker Fiona Lewis from NowWatchIt media on a shoot which was less dog orientated than usual. A few years ago Fiona made a promotional film for a local riding stables, which also...

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