Let’s Talk About Anxiety | Anna Freud Centre

Co-produced animation supporting young people to better understand feelings of anxiety.

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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.

Get in touch today to know more about what we can do for you and how we can help you reach your target audience. 

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The producers at Chocolate Films are available to talk through your project at a time that suits you. They’ll make sure they really understand your organisation and what you’re looking to achieve with video content. Following the discussion, they will send over a detailed proposal for the work you’re looking to commission.

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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