Long journeys and warm welcomes

I've just landed back from another trip out to Uganda - this time with the Mother's Union - as well as filming in 4 locations in the UK. It was a long trip - nearly 14 hrs of total flight time to get there and then a 7 hr drive down to the south, near the Rwandan border; but made up for with the warmth of the welcome and the hospitality shown.

Disasters, 48hr film production and survival challenges

I’ve just come back from Truro, for what has become a bit of an annual visit! We were once again tasked with producing a film, filmed over 2 days and ready to view on the morning of the 3rd day, looking at the World AIMS programme at Truro school. This is a regular end of term event, where, instead of regular lessons, the school gives the time over to looking at particular social justice, world or poverty issues. Previous years have looked at Disaster management, Human Rights issues and Reuse and recycling.

Charities learn to produce videos on an iPhone

"A lot of great information - really looking forward to putting it into practise!" 

Writing a charity video brief

Here at Purple Flame Media we see a broad range of briefs for video projects.  Creating a thorough brief helps ensure that you effectively communicate your requirements but it also helps you to think through your needs and ensure that you maximise ROI and effectiveness. So, I thought that it would be useful to highlight some of the key questions to think about when writing a brief:

Charity videos celebrate volunteer impact

This year’s Volunteers’ Week has been extended, running from the 1st to the 12th of June, giving volunteers and the charity sector more time to celebrate and get involved!  It's great to see the amazing contribution volunteers make – in the UK, over 21 million people volunteer at least once a year and this contributes around £23.9bn to the country’s economy. It’s wonderful that so many people care passionately about charities and their communities and want to play an active role in improving them.

Inspiring Partnerships & Diversity in STEM

Our latest films showcase schools engaging in fun and interesting science projects through The Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme.  We’ve produced five videos which highlight the benefits of receiving a Partnership Grant and being involved in an investigative STEM project.

It’s a Food Revolution!

“I’m 35 and I’ve never cooked before”, “I can’t even cook an omelette” – just two of the quotes we heard from people as we filmed at Jamie’s Ministry of Food Centres earlier in April.

The Ministry of Food inspires people to get back into the kitchen, to cook from scratch and enables people to know what’s going into their food, rather than relying on processed food and takeaways. We were there to capture some of the stories and showcase the energy and enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers.

Facing the difficult questions

“Tell me about being diagnosed with cancer” – not exactly the lightest or easiest of questions to ask, but one that absolutely needed to be voiced, as part of our new suite of videos for Pancreatic Cancer UK. We were exploring patient stories as part of their project to demystify the process and feelings behind being involved in a clinical trial.

Create Engaging Charity Videos on Your iPhone

Want to turn your iPhone into a powerful marketing tool for your charity? Our new one day charity video training course will show you how to plan, film, edit and share dynamic and impactful videos.  

Here at Purple Flame Media we’ve been training charity staff to produce their own short videos for several years.  We’ve trained many charity teams including CAFOD, Macmillan Cancer, Target Ovarian Cancer and All We Can and now we’re running a group training course for a number of charities to attend.

Water and toilets mean education

A glass of water and a toilet – doesn’t seem to be the most dynamic way to achieve equality in education – but in rural Uganda, improvements in sanitation and water supply have made huge differences in the number of girls staying through to complete their education.


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