At Kaptcha we make films that work. Films that connect with people. Films that stir emotion and inspire action.
Our team is built around award-winning BBC executives, directors and crew. We give a full end-to-end service – creative and strategic advice, combined with huge editorial experience from the broadcast TV world.
We’ve delivered over a thousand films for global brands, agencies, SMEs and charities in the UK and around the world.
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One day roughly a year ago, Rich, (our Creative Director) and I were working in the office brainstorming ideas. I could tell he was annoyed but I wasn't sure why. Then he said – “Rich…” (yes, we’re both called Rich – I know it can be confusing, even for us) “… why do you call them videos? We don’t make videos, we make films”
At first I didn’t understand what he meant. The vast majority of what we do is work with big global brands making short marketing or comms ‘messages’ for them. We generally don’t make feature films you’d see at the movies. But then he explained.
“Over the last 5 to 10 years the term video has been de-valued. If you have a smart phone you can shoot a ‘video’ and the term video is now associated with lower quality”
I understood straight away. Rich and I and many of our team came from the very top end of the BBC and broadcast television. We don’t ‘do’ low quality and we certainly don’t want to. We make high quality, creative films for our clients.
It still took me a while to stop using the term video but, after being shouted at several times I’ve finally stopped. So, if you want a video then I’m happy to lend you my old i-phone – but if you want a film, please give us a call.
People often ask about what we do about the rain. Very expensive commercial shoots and movies pay for weather insurance but generally we don’t and that’s because it’s costly, and unless it’s really important that you only shoot in sunshine it isn’t really worth it.
What I’ve discovered over the years is that it very rarely rains hard for very long. There have been exceptions, but generally, if you leave it an hour or two, things clear up anyway.
However, the way to deal with rain is to shoot with it. A lot of things actually look visually great in the rain – cars can look spectacular in the rain for example. Cameras and equipment can be put in rain covers and the crew carry waterproofs – we can still shoot in the rain.
The only real problem is when the rain combines with wind and blows back into the lens – that can be a bit tricky. But, as I say, that only happens once in a blue moon.
So, don’t worry about the rain, we’ll work with it, or we’ll work around it.
When my first child was born roughly 18 years ago, I was a bit overweight and occasionally smoked. I decided I wanted to make sure I lived to see my daughter grow up and, hopefully, grow old – so soon after I stopped smoking for good and took up running as a hobby.
Eighteen years on and I am still a regular runner. For the last 4 years I’ve set myself the target of running 1000km in the year. It might sound a lot to some people, and it is (for me) but I tackle it by breaking it down into 20km a week (with a couple of weeks off in case I’m ill/ away or just need a break).
It’s still 3 runs a week (1 x 10km and 2 x 5km) and if I miss a run or even a whole week of runs then I have to make it up. But that yearly target motivates me for the whole year and keeps me on track and I’ve hit 1000km (sometimes with just a day to go) for the last 4 years.
I do a similar thing with the business. Set myself a target I want it to achieve for the year – and monitor it every week. It helps me keep on track to grow the business in the direction I want it to go.
It’s not quite as easy to make that final push to hit the target if we’re a little behind. With business other factors (like the economy and client needs) can come into play. But we’re never far off – and for me it’s a great way of keeping motivated throughout the whole year.
It’s an age old question. Or at least, it’s as old as Autocue. Surely if you have to deliver a piece to camera then the easiest, simplest thing is to use Autocue right? Well, sort of. It probably is the easiest way, but it isn’t the necessarily the best way.
The trouble with Autocue is that as soon as you start reading Autocue, you sound like you’re reading, because you are. You’ll get all your facts right, but you won’t necessarily sound like you know what you’re talking about, or that you are even really thinking about what you are saying.
It takes professional presenters years to be able to read autocue and sound like they are just talking to you – in fact some still can’t do it. Ant and Dec are pretty good at it, but then that’s part of what makes them worth the money they’re paid (probably).
So autocue is great if you are really good at reading without sounding like reading, but otherwise, memorise the key points of what you want to say and then freestyle straight to the lens – you’ll be a lot more believable and people will take more notice of what you have to say.