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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
Many thanks for all your help, the video looks great!-Dr Mellios, Bristol University
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
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
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
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
Thanks again for your prompt and professional service. I look forward to hiring from you again in the future.-Jack Bamford
Thank you again for the excellent work, the video is sitting nicely on our new website page now.-Steve Tucker, All Star Jazz
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
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 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 well and the kit was great. Thanks again for all your help, you'll come highly recommended from us.-Jake Hawkins, Charmed Apocalypse
We loved working with you guys, you made it very easy and the final footage was great.-David Keefe, Gro Company
Everything's arrived and is absolutely fantastic. Thank-you once again for a great service.-Oli Chopping
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
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
Excellent work on the videos guys. Thanks again for all this ? its fab stuff.-Jason Miller, Tinderbox
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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 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
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
It's great. Your DAC-70 is just powering the Foreign Secretary's speech as we speak. Thanks again as always-Grant Stevens
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
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 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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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 unit worked great for us and was just what we needed for this project. Thanks for that!-Daniel, EpicTech
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
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
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
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
A BIG THANK YOU for your patience and support! You remain a star in my firmament! :)-M Cassini, Fit Roads
Hi Stu, The Bolt worked just fine, thank you. Many thanks for a smooth Hire ?.-Steve Hill, Blue Multimedia
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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 Operation Overlord feature filmPublished Thursday 13 January 2022 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have just completed DVD authoring for the upcoming DVD release of the new film from Brett Bentman, Operation Overlord. Due for DVD release in March 2022, Operation overlord stars Thom Hallum, Billy Blair & Stacey Sheffield in a story of two US Soldiers who, a week before the alli...
Framerate conversion for Paradise Lost live Blu-rayPublished Tuesday 21 December 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Post Production
We were contacted by Film24 Productions, who specialise in live music performance films. They were working on the edit for a live concert film starring English gothic metal band Paradise Lost, filmed in Bradford in November 2020. The band originally formed in 1988 and have sold over 2mi...
New Allen & Heath ZED-14 mixing deskPublished Monday 13 December 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News
We have now added the Allen & Heath ZED-14 mixing desk to our rental kit. The ZED-14 is a perfect mixer for small bands, solo performers or AV applications. Its comprehensive feature set, compact size and fine lines combine to make it one of the best small mixers around. Provided wi...
Live event vision & audio mixing for Travel ChapterPublished Friday 10 December 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
The Maniac team have spent three days at the Pier House in Westward Ho! working with local company Panoptic. They were hired by holiday homes specialist Travel Chapter to assist with the AV for their yearly Christmas conference. Panoptic called us in as we have experience in live video ...
Live event filming at Bideford Chistmas Lights 2021Published Monday 6 December 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
On Sunday, Stu joined up with Phil from Phil Saunders Creative and other camera crew to live stream the Bideford Christmas Lights Switch On 2021. The yearly event has been able to go ahead again after the cancellation of the 2020 event. Because so many people are still staying at home a...
Live event filming for Super Trainer Live 2021Published Wednesday 24 November 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Stu has just returned from a 5 day event over the last weekend in Okehampton. He was filming the Zoom livestream converence for the annual Super Trainer Live event for Absolute Dogs. in 2020, coronavirus restrictions forced the team at Absolute Dogs to cancel their plans to hold th...
Shannon Trust DVD authoring & duplicationPublished Tuesday 23 November 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
At the start of 2021, we produced two DVD boxsets 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 vo...
Live event mixing crew hire for Tailwind & major retailerPublished Friday 19 November 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Mark has been back in London with the team from Tailwind Productions to provide live event mixing services for an event at the HQ of a major UK retailer in Welwyn Garden City. Mark travelled up and spent the first day setting up for the following two day event which focussed on the reta...
Bridgwater Carnival 2021 'Best Of' film productionPublished Monday 8 November 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Video Production
On what should have been our 10th successive year of filming and live streaming at the incredible Bridgwater Carnival, sadly we were at home. For a 2nd year, the Covid-19 pandemic put a stop the event. So following last years success, the Carnival Committee decided to once again host a...
Camera crew for Rideaway Equestiran Pilates shootPublished Wednesday 13 October 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Mark has spent a day working in Braunton with Pete from Pete Cox Photography as a second camera operator and lighting assistant. They were filming with Pilates instructor Rachael from rachhall.com to create a series of videos for an upcoming collaboration between her and Ride-away Eques...
Blu-ray authoring for Tillies School of Performing ArtsPublished Monday 11 October 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We were contacted by Tillie Bolton, owner of Tillie's School of Performing Arts in Clevedon. The students at the school had spent a week filming six live performances which they planned to show in a big cinema red carpet event....the only problem? The cinema required Blu-ray copies of...
Crew hire for livestream at London law firm HQPublished Monday 20 September 2021 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire
Mark has just returned from London, where he was working with local film-maker Pete Cox to provide a livestream service. The guys were working in the new head office of a London law firm and were assisting the client with a livestreamed conference with employees discussing a post-covid ...
BDCMF encode Night Train Murders feature filmPublished Tuesday 14 September 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Tetro Video are a UK based company who are supporting the DVD and Blu-ray release of films by independant film-makers. To this end they recently sent us a copy of Night Train Murders, a 1975 Italian revenge horror film by director Aldo Lado. We were privided with a copy of the Blu-ray ...
DVD authoring for Unit Eleven releasePublished Friday 3 September 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Back in January 2021 we worked with director Theo Cane Garvey to provide SFX and audio services and finish off his 2019 'Unit Eleven'. Now we have been working with him again to prepare it for an upcoming DVD release. Unit Eleven was shot was written, directed, filmed and edited...
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...
BDCMF for Estonian classic film Hukkunud Alpinisti hotellPublished Thursday 22 July 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working with Estonian production company Allfilm to encode a Blu-ray re-release of the 1979 Estonian classic film ''Hukkunud Alpinisti' hotell. (Dead Mountaineers' Hotel). Dead Mountaineer's Hotel is a 1979 Soviet era Estonian film directed by Grigori Kr...
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...