An Architectural Muse | V&A Dundee

Chocolate Films worked with V&A Dundee to create seven films for a video wall display that celebrates the architecture of the museum.

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Chocolate Films and the V&A

Chocolate Films have worked extensively within the arts and culture sector for over 10 years, and the V&A Museum has been a steady collaborator – we have created a wide range of content for their in-gallery and marketing purposes.

It was a natural extension of this relationship for the Chocolate Films team to work on a new permanent exhibit for the relatively new V&A Museum in Dundee. The aim of the films was to tell the story of V&A Dundee’s impressive architecture, from idea to finished project.

Kengo Kuma

The V&A Dundee was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma – an extraordinary building which cuts out into the
River Tay with breathtaking curved concrete walls.

The building itself is one of Dundee’s star attractions.

Though it hosts many exhibitions throughout the year, the decision was made to work with Chocolate Films to create a media wall in the lobby with seven screens to highlight the concept and creation of the iconic building itself.

Seven screens require a lot of content, but we rose to the occasion and created a set of informative and stylish films.

Building the Wall

The videos aimed to capture Kengo Kuma’s design inspiration in his own voice via archive recordings, supported by new interviews with his protégé Maurizio Mucciola, with reflections on producing the original concept of V&A Dundee.

In-depth interviews were undertaken and shot specially for the project, delving into both the design and inspiration for the building, but also the engineering and building of the impressive project.

Filming took place in the offices and studios of the contributors to add to the feel of their expertise.

Post Production was a big job, with a lot of outputs, but was handled efficiently and skillfully, with V&A’s specific requests for formats proving useful in slotting everything together.

Our capable post team spent time adding animation to the design sketches and utilising models, 3D renders, and onsite photos to bring the process to life onscreen.

V&A A&V

Amongst the many projects undertaken by Chocolate films for the V&A Museums, and the huge variety of video content we have created for museum and gallery exhibitions, the most relevant to this project might be our work for the Young V&A, in which we created a similar video wall about the history of board games and video games. You can read about the creation of that wall here.

Our extensive experience in creating content for museums and galleries means that we always produce and shoot with the final outputs in mind- whether that means framing shots differently or mixing our sound for a specific audio setup.

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Kerri AthertonKerri Atherton
14:11 15 May 24
Chocolate films produced a fun promotional video for us as part of our 80th anniversary. They were professional with clear communication, and the project was delivered to time.
Samantha ChetwoodSamantha Chetwood
09:34 03 May 24
The video content creation workshop offered by Chocolate Films was incredibly useful, packed full of handy tips on how to create compelling videos with the minimum equipment and time! The space is great and the team were welcoming, generous with their knowledge and clearly enthusiastic about what they do.
HUGE round of applause for the Chocolate Films team! We attended their ‘Using Video for Business’ Workshop, which they so kindly offered free of charge for local businesses in the Wandsworth area. Hosted at their lovely new Nine Elms studio space, we had a great morning of learning, chatting over tea and coffee. They are a really delightful and organised company that we hope to work with going forward, and we would love to see the team at one of our cookery classes one day! Ax
Victoria NicholsonVictoria Nicholson
11:16 01 May 24
I joined other small business owners, founders and entrepreneurs for a morning workshop on how to create content, shoot and edit footage. The studio was so welcoming and the team gave some fantastic advice whether it was your first foray into film making or had been trying for a while but stuck with certain elements. The workshop was fun, enjoyable and informative with a good balance between information and hands on practice. They made something quite complex seem very accessable. The teams enthusiasm for their craft is infectious.
Marie de ChampchesnelMarie de Champchesnel
11:11 01 May 24
I had the pleasure to be invited to a workshop at Chocolate Films which was delivered to a high standard from start to finish. The facilitators were highly knowledgeable, friendly and very approachable and took time to answer any questions we had. Thank you for a great experience!
Asma SharapovaAsma Sharapova
10:56 01 May 24
I attended a workshop with Chocolate Films and was very impressed with their professionalism, knowledge and expertise. They packed so much invaluable information into the session and they were all super friendly and approachable.
Carlos LutterbachCarlos Lutterbach
14:03 19 Apr 24
Chocolate Films did outstanding work on the Seido Karate London promo. They were able to capture the spirit of the Dojo with their visuals and presentation. The interviews were professional and conducted expertly. Overall outstanding work!
James FairbairnJames Fairbairn
14:42 11 Apr 24
I work for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and we commissioned Chocolate films to make 3 films to support the training of mental health workers.The Chocolate films team have been highly professional, skilled and excellent to work alongside. Right from the beginning where we met to share our plans and discuss the potential project, the team have offered creative thinking, ideas and helped us to build a clear vision for the films. The script process felt easy and collaborative. The team have also provided a very clear structure and reliability around time scales.As the film making process began we worked closely around the development of scripts and casting of actors. Chocolate films have been very responsive and active in supporting us (at the Anna Freud centre) to work to the deadlines whilst showing a really high level of knowledge around the process and steps needed.The actual filming days were a pleasure to be involved with and the team has been very impressive to see in action, particularly in their ability to work together, to include me in their process whilst also attending very carefully to the details needed for the films to be high quality.I would highly recommend Chocolate films and would certainly commission them again
Alice KirklandAlice Kirkland
14:01 21 Dec 23
I had the pleasure of working with Chocolate Films for a corporate video campaign. From the offset, the team were professional, engaging, and quick to communicate. Rachel and Lucia worked with our vision and helped turn it into a reality, offering suggestions and expertise to help bring the story to life to a highly creative and timely manner.The video created a real buzz within the organisation and the feedback received has been fantastic. I would highly recommend Chocolate and look forward to working with them again in the future.
Stephen WheatleyStephen Wheatley
16:50 03 Nov 23
Make Listening Safe Campaign UK is an initiative of The World Health Organisation aimed at increasing the awareness of avoidable risks to hearing in those between 10 and 40 years of age, launched at an in person event in London on 1st November 2023.We needed the launch to be filmed and were lucky enough to be introduced to Chocolate Films who provided the crew and the equipment required.Our events team have informed me that the crew were a delight to work with and were very helpful.We were very impressed with the quality of the footage and were very surprised when we received it so quickly after the event, so we could edit it and get it out on to social media in a timely fashion.We have no hesitation in recommending Chocolate Films.Thank you for making the filming such a pain free experience.Stephen Wheatley | Chair – MLSC UK |
Stella HungerStella Hunger
18:15 01 Nov 23
I was lucky enough to work with Nikita and Chocolate Films on a photo shoot. They were extremely professional, accommodating, organized and generally lovely. We definitely plan on working with them in the future! Thank you for everything, Nikita!
Vanessa RushtonVanessa Rushton
12:59 25 Oct 23
Great provider – always happy to help and deliver what’s needed quickly and cost effectively
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