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.
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.
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.
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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