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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
Excellent work on the videos guys. Thanks again for all this ? its fab stuff.-Jason Miller, Tinderbox
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
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
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
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
We loved working with you guys, you made it very easy and the final footage was great.-David Keefe, Gro Company
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
Many thanks for all your help, the video looks great!-Dr Mellios, Bristol University
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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?
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
A BIG THANK YOU for your patience and support! You remain a star in my firmament! :)-M Cassini, Fit Roads
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
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
Thanks again for your prompt and professional service. I look forward to hiring from you again in the future.-Jack Bamford
I would like to say though that your service was great and that I will most certainly be using your company again.-Pantelis
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
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
It's great. Your DAC-70 is just powering the Foreign Secretary's speech as we speak. Thanks again as always-Grant Stevens
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
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
Everything's arrived and is absolutely fantastic. Thank-you once again for a great service.-Oli Chopping
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 unit worked great for us and was just what we needed for this project. Thanks for that!-Daniel, EpicTech
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
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
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
Thank you again for the excellent work, the video is sitting nicely on our new website page now.-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz
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
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
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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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DVD authoring for 1966 FIFA World Cup Final in ColourPublished Tuesday 27 July 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Mark has been working with the team from Final Replay to produce a Limited Edition DVD of the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final in Colour project in time for the 55th Anniversary of Englands historic win on July 30th 2021. Full Colour ’66 is a project to restore and colourise the black an...
Vision mixing crew hire for SupermarketPublished Thursday 22 July 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Mark has been working with Tailwind Productions from Bedford to help a major UK supermarket with a corporate live streaming event. The event took place in Welwyn Garden City and for the event, Mark supplied not only himself and his talents, but also a full live streaming and live mixing...
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 for Clive Nolan - Song of the WildlandsPublished Friday 9 July 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working with Norwegian music label Crime Records to help out with the release of the new album by Clive Nolan - Song of the Wildlands. Scheduled for release on 1st September 2021, Song of the Wildlands is the latest rock album by Clive Nolan. “Song of the Wildlands&rd...
BDCMF conversion for Cartoon CarnivalPublished Tuesday 6 July 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Directed by Andrew Smith, Cartoon Carnival is a feature-length documentary looking at the birth of the animated art-form, Cartoon Carnival tells the often forgotten story of the pioneers of the silent era. To many, the history of the animated cartoon begins with the story of Walt Disney a...
Camera crew hire for Cookware promotional filmingPublished Monday 21 June 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Mark has been filming on location in North Devon with a local marketing company to film a series of adverts for a major cookware manufacturer. He was working as a camera assistant on the shoot which involved a range of technical shots and set-dressing. The shoot took place in an adapted...
BDCMF conversion for Nebula 75 Blu-rayPublished Tuesday 8 June 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Created by Stephen La Rivière and Andrew T. Smith, Nebula-75 is a 2020 Supermarionation web series created in the spirit of the early 1960s series by Gerry Anderson's AP Films. The series follows the adventures of the crew of the spaceship Nebula-75, trapped in space "33 mi...
Camera crew hire for wine promotional filmPublished Friday 28 May 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Stu has spent 2 days filming on location in North Devon with a local marketing & events company to film a series of adverts for a wine company. He was working as a camera assistant on the shoot which involved a range of technical shots and set-dressing. The shoot was for a major ...
Video edit for SABRE project with Bristol UniPublished Thursday 27 May 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
Mark has been working with Bristol University and the SABRE Consortium to produce a short film that demonstrates their work as part of the SABRE project. SABRE is funded by the EU Horizons 2020 programme and stands for Shape Adaptive Blades for Rotorcraft Efficiency (SABRE). The projec...
Camera crew hire for healthcare promo shootPublished Thursday 20 May 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Stu and Mark have spent 6 days filming on location in North Devon with a local marketing & events company. Stu was present for the first two days, and Mark took his place on days 3-6. They were both working as a camera assistant on the shoot which involved product demonstrations and...
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...
DVD authoring & Duplication for Shannon TrustPublished Friday 2 April 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Back in April we produced a DVD for the Shannon Trust, a national charity supporting thousands of prisoners a year, helping them 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 pris...
BDCMF encode for Ashens and the Quest for the GamechildPublished Monday 15 March 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been helping YouTube star Stuart Ashen to get his 2013 film 'Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild' ready for a new Blu-ray release. Originally released in 2013 as part YouTube's "Geek Week", The film also stars Warwick Davis and Robert Llewellyn of Red Dw...
DVD authoring for RecogniiPublished Thursday 18 February 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We were contacted in February by the creators of Recognii, the world's first entertainment DVD made for people with later stage dementia or memory loss. Mark was sent the finished films, along with a brief and basic artwork, from which he created a series of DVD menus and navigation...
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...