what we do
how we work
What we do:
At acapmedia (“A-cap-media”) we have been making videos for six years ranging from one-off individual shorts to regular programmes and national projects. Based in London, we work across the UK with everyone from small businesses through museums and galleries to national funding organisations.
Our videos appear on websites, in social media campaigns, at conferences and in gallery displays. We have told intimate stories of people living with dementia, developed exciting concepts with young people and shared messages to a wide range of audiences. Subjects we have covered include photography, bullying, Handel, Rembrandt, poisonous plants, African dance, love amulets, the First World War, juggling unicyclists, football matches and a flying walrus.
acapmedia is a team of two, Aaron and Chris. We use compact filming and audio equipment to reduce disruption and people often mistake us for photographers. This means we are able to film with people behaving more naturally and comfortably than if they were in front of a large film crew.
We understand that some people can find being on camera quite daunting and we have supported many contributors through this process. We take a real pride in making sure everyone is comfortable and happy with our being around.
Contact us to talk about your video, or to find out more.
How we work:
While each project is different, the following sections will give you an idea of the stages that we go through:
"I'm so pleased that you have been part of this process and it is always a pleasure working with you. You make everything so easy. With your brilliant way with all our participants and partners - Filming does not become a massive headache but an integrated part of the project. Thank you."
- Michelle Weiner, Dulwich Picture Gallery
"I am absolutely amazed by the wonderful film you have created, it really is outstanding.
Thank you both so much for your highly skilled work and your professional, caring manner whilst filming at Highfield."
- Maria Kemal, Headteacher, Highfield Primary School
"Thank you acapmedia, another brilliant film, [an] excellent advocacy film that is a worthy celebration of the programme. Fabulous, love it. What a brilliant piece of work on all counts."
- Georgina Pope, Horniman Museum and Gardens
"Everyone is raving about the video at this end – we love it!"
- James Steward, Heritage Lottery Fund
"Thanks so much to both of you again for going the extra (several hundred) miles on this project. The result is terrific, everything I’d hoped it would be and I’m so glad it is all there on film for posterity."
- Cheryl Moskowitz, Poet-in-Residence, Highfield Primary School
"Aaron that’s fantastic! I really love it."
- Lily Middleton, Chelsea Physic Garden
"I was sure you guys would put something great together from the way you worked with us on Sunday, but I’m more than happy with how you’ve made our shows look! What I wished for and more! Thank you so much!"
- Cath Johnson, Glass-Eye Theatre
Frequently Asked Questions:
How much does a video cost?
Every project has different filming and editing requirements. We can chat about your project and offer a no-obligation quote for you to consider or we’re equally happy to advise what’s possible within your available budget.
How long does it take?
Filming and editing requirements vary and delivery of videos ranges from a few days to a few weeks after filming is complete. We will always discuss any deadline you may have and are happy to put in the extra hours if you need a quick turn around.
Can you help develop ideas for a video?
Yes, we're very happy to offer ideas and suggestions.
Does my video need to be scripted?
Scripting is one option to ensure you hear exactly what you want in your video. Some people are more comfortable giving natural responses rather than reading a script. We can help and advise what will work best for your project and contributors.
Can I use my own choice of music?
Whenever music is performed or recorded, copyright is involved. A licence must be obtained and we can advise where to look for affordable stock music and can always help you with the selection if required.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, we have Public Liability Insurance coverage.
Do you work with children and animals?
While they do say not to, we have worked with both and would happily do so again!
Contact us if you have any other questions or would like to talk about a video. We’ll get back to you within one working day.
Chelsea Physic Garden:
Our project with Chelsea Physic Garden began with a site visit to brainstorm ideas around what the garden was looking for. One of the biggest challenges is often how to incorporate so many exciting elements while keeping videos concise and digestible. Chelsea Physic Garden, with their amazing history and beautiful location, was the perfect example of this.
The next stage was a planning meeting to create the direction of the video and to pin down key messages. To keep costs down this was combined with a couple of hours of filming to get a glimpse of the garden during the winter to contrast with the main filming in the summer.
Collaborating over email and phone, we prepared a guide script of talking points with Lily from Chelsea Physic Garden.
Once the planning was complete we filmed over three visits in the summer, balancing interviews and collecting footage from the garden and visitors. We were very lucky to have beautiful weather each time!
We were able to investigate all the corners of this beautiful garden leaving us plenty to choose from to illustrate their story in the edit. While the video just scratches the surface of what the garden has to offer we were excited to be involved in sharing part of their story.
► Recent Project: Chelsea Physic Garden
► Royal Handel
► Alexa Loy Photography
► Home of Football
► Visual to Vocal
► The Walrus Move
► The Cave
► Poetry Residency
Royal Handel - Handel House Museum
We were commissioned by the Handel House Museum to create this video to mark the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian accession to the British Throne.
“The film looks great and I'm looking forward to sharing it with everyone.”
Ella Roberts, Handel House Museum
Find out more about our time at Handel House on our blog
Alexa Loy Photography
We met Alexa when filming a wedding where she was the photographer. We loved meeting and working with her then and were delighted when she asked us to make this introduction for her website. Not least because of her beautiful kitten!
“Thank you soooo much - it is wonderful - thanks so much Aaron! It looks fabulous.”
Alexa Loy Dent, Alexa Loy Photography
Find out more about our trip to visit Alexa in Hitchin on our blog
Home of Football - Heritage Lottery Fund
Making this video was a great introduction the history of football in the UK as well as the lovely city of Sheffield. We were warmly received at Hallam FC and impressed by the school students’ enthusiasm.
“Just wanted to say that everyone is raving about the video at this end... we love it! Thanks so much, brilliant job!”
James Steward, Heritage Lottery Fund
Find out more about our day in Sheffield on our blog
Visual to Vocal: An Overview - Dulwich Picture Gallery
A touching and emotional commission from Dulwich Picture Gallery following a group of Dementia sufferers and their carers as they developed their own song cycle.
“You make everything so easy. With your brilliant way with all our participants and partners - Filming does not become a massive headache but an integrated part of the project. Thank you.”
Michelle Weiner, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Find out more about how we shared their journey on our blog
The Walrus Move - Horniman Museum and Gardens
This commission was an incredible one off opportunity from the Horniman Museum and Gardens to capture their famous walrus being winched over original Victorian display cabinets.
“You’ve done a brilliant job... It’s even better than I thought it was going to be.”
Vicky Pearce, The Horniman
Find out more about this nail biting shoot on our blog
Trailer for “The Cave” by Mervyn Peake - Blue Elephant Theatre
One of the first acapmedia commissions, made to promote the world premiere of a never performed play from the author of Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake.
This short piece was created to give a feeling of the play using animated graphics as production had not yet started.
Poetry Residency Trailer - Highfield Primary School
We were very excited to be invited to film an innovative experiment at Highfield Primary School. To raise the profile of poetry, they brought a resident poet, Cheryl Moskowitz on board to work with children across all the school classes.
“I am absolutely amazed by the wonderful film you have created, it really is outstanding. Thank you both so much for your highly skilled work and your professional, caring manner whilst filming at Highfield.”
Maria Kemal, Head Teacher
View more of our videos here
Send us a message if you have any questions or would like to talk about a video.
We always reply within one working day.