Video has increased in importance over recent years. Last year YouTube reported that its videos were watched for more than a billion hours per day, up from 300 million hours in 2014 and 500 million in 2015.
This is a big opportunity for charities but, for small charities in particular, video is a challenging medium to get right. While there are lots of affordable charity video ideas, some projects will need a professional charity videographer.
This post lists the leading videographers that work specifically with charities. Many of these video agencies serve commercial organisations too but they each have a good track record of working with UK charities.
Magneto Films is a specialist video production company providing services for charities. It makes films that 'move people to action and create authentic emotional connections'.
Its clients are some of the UK’s biggest charities like Age UK, The Children’s Society and Macmillan, plus smaller charities like Dementia UK and Beating Bowel Cancer.
Purple Flame Media creates videos for charities and CSR that 'engage, inspire, inform and motivate'. It focuses on close collaboration with clients and brings a strong journalistic background to produce films that promote positive change.
Its clients include Great Ormond Street Hospital, CAFOD and other charities.
Chocolate Films was set up in 2001 with a goal to create a high-quality video production company with a clear social purpose. Chocolate Films is now a team of 17 people, working with a wide range of high profile clients. In addition to making films, it also provide video workshops teaching young people to 'take their creativity, imagination and skills to the next level'.
Its charity clients include Citizens Advice and The National Autistic Society.
Mile 91 is clearly focused on organisations seeking to make a positive impact on society. It will 'help you show the world the impact your work has on individuals, communities and the environments they live in'.
In addition to video production, it also runs training to equip your charity to do more with videos, like using your smartphone to make videos that can promote your work.
Its clients include Marie Stopes International and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Duckrabbit is a film production and training company that tells 'heartfelt stories in film'. It also runs audio-visual storytelling, production and communications training in the UK and internationally.
Its clients include WWF, British Red Cross and Oxfam.
Postcard Productions is a creative film agency that specialises in making 'innovative and thought-provoking film content that engages with social change'. At the heart of its work is the drive to give a voice to those people who may not otherwise have such a platform.
Its clients include Crisis, Meningitis Now and Samaritans.
Spectrecom Films serves a broad range of sectors including charities and describe itself more broadly as a creative content agency. Its charity films 'raise awareness of environmental, humanitarian, educational, healthcare and animal welfare causes'.
Its clients include Dogs Trust, RSPCA and Children in Need.
Kartoffel Films is a London based video production company that produces digital videos 'focused on effective and memorable communication'. It has worked with a number of great charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Age UK, Stroke Association and Amnesty International.
It also offers a 15% discount on all charity video production.