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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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Many thanks for all your help, the video looks great!-Dr Mellios, Bristol University
I would like to say how very appreciative I am of the time and energy you guys have spent on my project. And I am very happy with the results you have achieved...and with your considerable patience.-Patrick Gaynor, Purrple Cat CIC
Thanks again for your prompt and professional service. I look forward to hiring from you again in the future.-Jack Bamford
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
Excellent work on the videos guys. Thanks again for all this ? its fab stuff.-Jason Miller, Tinderbox
Thanks again for helping us create another awesome workshop which will hopefully have a profound impact on the young people who see it. No doubt we will be in touch again!-Adam Fouracre, SAV Charity
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
It's great. Your DAC-70 is just powering the Foreign Secretary's speech as we speak. Thanks again as always-Grant Stevens
We loved working with you guys, you made it very easy and the final footage was great.-David Keefe, Gro Company
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
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 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
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
A BIG THANK YOU for your patience and support! You remain a star in my firmament! :)-M Cassini, Fit Roads
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
The unit worked great for us and was just what we needed for this project. Thanks for that!-Daniel, EpicTech
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
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
Thank you again for the excellent work, the video is sitting nicely on our new website page now.-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz
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
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
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
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
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Video Production in the South West and across the UK
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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DCP Encoding for Animated Short BFI-Funded Darwin StoryPublished Monday 3 July 2023 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
We have just created a number of DCPs (Digital Cinema packages - encoding for cinema screenings for festivals) for writer/director Natasha Tonkin's entertaining short animated film entitled 'Darwin Story' set in Darwin Australia. We were contacted by the producer Yeshen Venema ...
SEGA The Complete History BDCMF Encode for Slopes Game RoomPublished Friday 30 June 2023 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
Mark has been helping Daniel Ibbertson aka DJ Slope from Slope's Game Room YouTube channel with the finalisation of his Bluray release SEGA: The Complete History Vol 1 which compiles together ten of his best documentaries based on SEGA's most iconic arcade games to date into a dual...
Blu-Ray BDCMF encoding for Blue Oyster Cult 50th Anniversary Live - First NightPublished Thursday 29 June 2023 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
We've been converting a newly created Blu-ray for Blue Öyster Cult's 50th Anniversary Live First Night tour from Sony Hall in New York City. This was a special set of 3 sold out shows in a row performed in September 2022 with nearly 3 hours of content featuring a line up with ...
Absolute Dogs 2 day shoot in OkehamptonPublished Thursday 15 June 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Stu has spent two days this week filming a series of videos with the team from the AbsoluteDogs dog training company based near Okehampton. Stu was there to capture two live, in-person training days for clients and their dogs. The sessions that were filmed will be turned in educational ...
Little Ships Live Theatre Filming in ExeterPublished Monday 5 June 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
In a return to his roots of filming the theatre, on Saturday Stu visited the Barnfield theatre in Exeter to film the brand new production by director and composer Danny McAvoy - Little Ships. "Set in 1940, Little Ships is about a West Country family at the start of World War ...
London Law Firm Hybrid Live Event CrewPublished Friday 19 May 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
We have been working at the London offices of a major international law firm again for a live event celebrating the conclusion of a programme to empower and raise up women in the workplace. Three months ago we worked on the programme launch, which was split between London & New York...
DVD authoring for Shannon Trust Learning to Read Manual 3 and 4Published Wednesday 10 May 2023 by Mark Brindle in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working again with Shannon Trust, a national charity supporting thousands of prisoners a year, helping them to transform their lives by unlocking the power of reading. We have created two new 3-DVD disc box sets of learning to read material (Manual 3 and Manual 4) to supplimen...
Best Historical Sceenplay Win for A Call to Arms at the Best Script AwardsPublished Wednesday 3 May 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Miscellaneous
In January we reported that Mark has been working with local writer Julian Poulter to finalise his new script and get it ready for festival submissions. The dream was to get it made into a film - hopefully. We've already received some excellent feedback and won a few film competiti...
Absolute Dogs Live Agility Training edits completePublished Friday 21 April 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
Stu has been working again with online dog training company Absolute Dogs to produce a number of their newest online dog training courses. Stu has been working on some older footage, shot back in 2021. This footage was put on the back burner as other edits for the company had tighter de...
Here Comes A New Challenger BDCMF EncodePublished Wednesday 12 April 2023 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been helping a repeat customer, YouTube star Stuart Ashen to get a new film 'Here Comes a New Challenger' ready for a new Blu-ray release. Stuart is a producer and also cast member of this documentary, directed by Oliver Harper. 'Here Comes a New Challenger details ...
Best Historical Script Win for A Call to Arms at Oniros Film AwardsPublished Friday 7 April 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Miscellaneous
In January we reported that Mark has been working with local writer Julian Poulter to help finalise his new script and get it ready for festival submissions. The dream was to get it made into a film - hopefully. We've already received some excellent feedback and won a few film comp...
Lastman Heroes BDCMF for Les ArcsPublished Wednesday 5 April 2023 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have established a good working relationship with Leo from Les Arcs Film Festival and have once again partnered to encode an animated series for Blu-ray replication. This time we have converted the 2022 French animation 'Lastman Heroes season 2' into the BDCMF for...
Lives of Lee Miller Documentary upscalingPublished Wednesday 5 April 2023 by Mark Brindle in Post Production
We have been repurposing the classic documentary 'The Lives of Lee Miller' from DVD into an HD version for online publiction with a few aspect ratio tweaks on some photos in the original edit. The documentary was originally produced in the 1980s by Lee Miller's son Anthony Penr...
Sound Crew Hire for North Cornwall Promo ShootPublished Monday 3 April 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Stu has spent the day working with a local filmmaker Simon to capture sound and visuals for a promo video. Stu was primarily on hand to capture audio for a 3-way interview. However he also took on camera operator duties later in the day as well. In an unusual turn, he also found himself...
Le Lyceen BDCMF Conversion for Les ArcsPublished Friday 24 March 2023 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working again with Leo from Les Arcs Film Festival to encode a film for Blu-ray replication. This time we have converted the 2022 French Drama feature film 'Le lycéen' (Winter Boy) into the BDCMF format. The film was written & directed by Christophe Honor&...
Nostalgia BDCMF conversion for Les ArcsPublished Friday 24 March 2023 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
As part of a long standing partnership, we have been working to encode a number of films for Les Arcs to get them ready for Blu-ray replication. This time we have converted the 2022 Italian-French drama film 'Nostalgia' into the BDCMF format. BDCMF is an industry format used fo...
A Call to Arms Wins Best Original Screenplay Feature at London Independent Film AwardsPublished Wednesday 22 March 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Miscellaneous
Back in January we announced that Mark has been working with local writer Julian Poulter to finalise and correctly format his new feature film script preparing it for festival submissions and even to (hopefully) get it made into a film. We've already received word that the script ha...
USA Premiere for Eating Miss CampbellPublished Wednesday 22 March 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
Throughout 2022, we were working to to help Director Liam Regan to finish his latest dark horror comedy feature Eating Miss Campbell. The film saw it's world premiere screening at Frightfest 2022, but we have just received photos from Liam of the USA premiere, which was held on Feb 11...
Crew Hire for Beer Company Promo Vids in SwindonPublished Friday 17 March 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Stu have been filming on location near Swindon with a local marketing company to capture promotional material for a large beer company. The adverts starred former winner of National Chef of the Year, Simon Hulston, as he cooked up some delicious food on a top of the range BBQ - which took...
House Party DCP Encode for Film LondonPublished Thursday 16 March 2023 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been once again helping Film London to bring a new short film to the Digital Cinema Screen with our DCP encoding service. Film London supports many new and upcoming filmmakers, with education, assistance and funding. On this occation we were asked to encode the new short film ...