Co-Produced Video Content

The most authentic and effective videos are often made when the service users are involved in the creation. Chocolate Films is your ideal partner for impactful co-produced charity video content. We manage the process from initial commission through to delivery, working with both the client and the co-production group.

Working to create authentic content for specific audiences

The ideal group is a collection of people who have lived experience, access or insight into the topic being addressed in the film. We work with a wide range of organisations to tell their stories, many of which are charities or NGOs. Previous projects have included the following topics, with these groups:

Experienced and skilled: the Chocolate Films team

Our team at Chocolate Films brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. We have a rich history of crafting compelling charity content, understanding the nuances and sensitivities involved in such projects. But more than that, all of our team are facilitators as much as filmmakers. Through our sister company, Chocolate Films Workshops, they run creative workshops with children, young people and adults.

Each team member has undergone rigorous checks, including Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, first aid and safeguarding training. These safeguards are crucial to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved, especially when working with vulnerable individuals. You can trust that our team is not only skilled in videography but also in creating a safe and respectful environment for service users to share their stories.

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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.

What is co-production?

Co-production (or co-creation) is the process of making video content in collaboration with members of your key audience groups. 

Let’s imagine we were making a film to support people with a medical condition. We would start, as with any film, by responding to a brief from the commissioner. But then we would work hand in hand with a group of people with experience and understanding of the condition. These may be people who have the condition, their carers or their doctors. Often all three groups can be present, as their varied perspectives can be valuable. Over a structured process, we invite input on the content of the script, the tone and style to help the film reach its audience. 

[For clarity, this is very different to the kind of co-production you see in the film industry, which is more about multiple international companies investing in a project and producing it together]

Why co-produced video works

Many charities work with people who share specific experiences. When making video for service users, it’s therefore important that the issues and narratives we include in a video are as authentic and relatable as possible.

We believe that the most powerful narratives come from the people with first hand experiences of the issues. Service users have an intimate understanding of their experiences, challenges, and triumphs. They have valuable advice about what works and what doesn’t work for them. Their insights are invaluable in shaping content that resonates with authenticity, connecting with both the hearts and minds of your audience.

By co-producing video content with service users, our filmmakers gain access to their unique perspectives. They can shed light on what works, ensuring that your message is relatable and effective. Moreover, they can also identify potential pitfalls or aspects that might deter others in similar situations. This firsthand knowledge allows you to create content that is not only compelling but also considerate and respectful of your target audience.

How do we manage the co-production process?

Our co-production process is a collaborative journey that begins with a workshop approach. 

We initiate a dialogue with service users, encouraging them to share their stories, experiences, and ideas. Through brainstorming sessions, we collectively develop concepts that align with your charity’s mission and objectives.

We also work on tone and style. When telling a story through animation, issues such as character design, colour palette and pace are extremely important. Our creative development sessions can touch on each of these elements.

Throughout the production process, we maintain open lines of communication with service users. Their feedback and insights are integrated at every stage, from scripting to filming and editing. We believe in a transparent and inclusive approach, ensuring that the final product reflects the shared vision of your charity and the service users.

Experienced and skilled: the Chocolate Films team

Our team at Chocolate Films brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. We have a rich history of crafting compelling charity content, understanding the nuances and sensitivities involved in such projects. But more than that, all of our team are facilitators as much as filmmakers. Through our sister company, Chocolate Films Workshops, they run creative workshops with children, young people and adults.

Each team member has undergone rigorous checks, including Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, first aid and safeguarding training. These safeguards are crucial to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved, especially when working with vulnerable individuals. You can trust that our team is not only skilled in videography but also in creating a safe and respectful environment for service users to share their stories.

Check out some recent co-produced content

What our clients say

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Belinda CupidBelinda Cupid
15:49 08 Jul 24
I work at Cystic Fibrosis Trust and we are delighted with the animation Chocolate Films created for us. It met the brief and has helped us to explain our activities to current and future partners. Chocolate Films were a pleasure to work with and we appreciated their flexibility in working to a very tight timescale.
Katy TippingKaty Tipping
13:04 08 Jul 24
Great working with Chocolate Films and the team for our new program. Nikita was a great point of content and we had a blast at the filming studio with everyone. Thank you everyone for your work on this project!
Chloe McCarthyChloe McCarthy
11:59 12 Jun 24
We commissioned Chocolate films to complete a BTS film as a promotional film for our Level 4 foundation course. We were out on location with our own 3 short films with our most senior students, and we needed an extra crew to capture all that was happening on set. They were thoughtful, efficient and proactive. Capturing some great interviews and BTS (thanks Elton!), weaving it into a great promotional film for us. Lucia steered the project beautifully from start to finish (thanks Nikita too). We’ve worked with Chocolate films before and would happily do so in the future. Chloe – London Screen Academy
Tai CampbellTai Campbell
13:03 29 May 24
I filmed a green screen production using sound and it came out great. Lucia and Nikka are lovely and happy to help, the facilities are exactly what I needed (there’s also a make-up room) and it was easy to get to.
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
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