Let’s Talk About Anxiety | Anna Freud Centre
Co-produced animation supporting young people to better understand feelings of anxiety.
Feelings of anxiety
Chocolate Films collaborated with the Anna Freud Schools Division on developing a powerful short pupil-facing animation to enable young people to better understand and manage feelings of anxiety.
The film was planned as a co-production, which was developed in collaboration with a group of young people who played a crucial role in developing the script, look, and feel of the film.
The animation showcases relatable scenarios and the stress that can come with having to navigate school, homework, friends, social media, and daily duties all at the same time. By involving the young people early on in the process, we were able to create an animation that is relatable and really reaches its targeted audience.
A collaborative process from start to finish
We started this project with a kick-off meeting, where we refined the goals and objectives of the project and discussed the involvement of the young people.
We scheduled three workshop sessions early on in the process with a small group of year 7-9 students from a school in Southeast England.
The young people were involved at key points in the process, to ensure that their voice was clearly reflected in the film’s content, tone, visual style, script, characters, music, and voiceover.
Our facilitators used their experience working with children and young people and collaborated closely with the client to ensure the young people felt comfortable sharing their personal stories.
Giving young people a voice
Throughout the workshop sessions, the young people got the opportunity to comment and give their feedback on the script, animation storyboard, and style.
Our in-house motion graphic designer created a storyboard and drafts of the animation, which were discussed in the sessions. In the final workshop session, we recorded the voices of the young people as different voiceovers throughout the film. All of this made it very much a film about young people created by young people.
The video captures well how anxiety can feel for a young person and how to manage anxious feelings.
The style is kept simple, yet powerful. It has text on screen and subtitles, so the video can easily be understood and watched with or without sound. We also created a social media clip that can be shared on various platforms.
Video content for a young audience
Are you looking to create a video with or about young people? We have extensive experience working with young people and creating video content for them. If you are aiming to reach a young audience, we can help set the right tone of voice and make your content seen by the right people.
Our in-house filmmakers are all DBS-checked and know how to work with children and young people so that they feel comfortable and relaxed both in front and behind the camera. We have filmed at schools and youth clubs as well as in our own studio.
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