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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 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
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
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
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
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
Excellent work on the videos guys. Thanks again for all this ? its fab stuff.-Jason Miller, Tinderbox
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
Everything's arrived and is absolutely fantastic. Thank-you once again for a great service.-Oli Chopping
We loved working with you guys, you made it very easy and the final footage was great.-David Keefe, Gro Company
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?
Thanks again for your prompt and professional service. I look forward to hiring from you again in the future.-Jack Bamford
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
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
Thank you again for the excellent work, the video is sitting nicely on our new website page now.-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
A BIG THANK YOU for your patience and support! You remain a star in my firmament! :)-M Cassini, Fit Roads
Many thanks for all your help, the video looks great!-Dr Mellios, Bristol University
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 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
I would like to say though that your service was great and that I will most certainly be using your company again.-Pantelis
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, 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
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 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
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 Stu, The Bolt worked just fine, thank you. Many thanks for a smooth Hire ?.-Steve Hill, Blue Multimedia
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
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
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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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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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 internation law firm 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. For th...
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...
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 ...
New York and London International link-up crew for live eventPublished Thursday 16 March 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
We have been working on an international link-up between the New York and London offices of a major law firm for the live launch of a programme to empower and raise up women in the workplace. The event saw our team split in two. Mark headed over to New York with Andy from StockandBokeh ...
Just Passing DCP Encode for Film LondonPublished Wednesday 15 March 2023 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working with Film London again 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 ...
BDCMF conversion for Sniper the White Raven for Les ArcsPublished Tuesday 14 March 2023 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working again with the Les Arcs Film Festival to encode a film for Blu-ray replication, this time we have converted the Ukranian war film 'Sniper. The White Raven' from 2022 into the BDCMF format. BCDMF is an industry format used for the mass replication of Blu-ray ...
Series of Drugs Awareness Films for Stand Against Violence Charity SAVPublished Wednesday 8 March 2023 by Mark Brindle in Post Production
Mark has been editing four videos for the Somerset-based charity Stand Against Violence (SAV), aimed at demonstrating the risk that drugs pose. The charity was founded by Adam Fouracre in 2005 in the wake of the tragic murder of his brother Lloyd at the age of 17. The series of films o...
Greeenscreen TV ad filming at Wookey Hole CavesPublished Monday 6 March 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Something festive was happening at Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset last week as Christmas came early. Mark was back at the popular tourist destination, working with Colin from Colour 247 to capture shots for some upcoming TV ads for Wookey Hole Caves. Setting up inside the circus theat...
Rocking Romans play filming for Somerset SchoolPublished Sunday 5 March 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Last week, Mark received an urgent message from the nearby Dulverton Junior School. They were putting on their 2023 school play 'The Rocking Romans' and needed someone to film the play for parents who couldn't attend the live event. Luckily Mark was able to get himself prep...
Livestream camera & audio crew for London Law FirmPublished Wednesday 22 February 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Mark & Stu have been back to London, where they have been providing a multi-camera livestream service for a number of hybrid events. The team were back working again in the new head office of a London Law firm. This time they were there to film and livestream three 'town hall...
A Call to Arms Wins Best Feature Screenplay at the Hollywood Film AwardsPublished Tuesday 14 February 2023 by Stu Gaunt in Miscellaneous
Back in January we posted an article saying that Mark has been working with local writer Julian Poulter to help finalise his new script and get it ready for festival submissions and even (hopefully) get it made into a film. We've already received word that the script has been shortl...