However, if you are ready to get the conversation started, then send us a project request.
We are a storytelling and animation studio located five minutes from the sea in Folkestone, Kent, on the English coast. Our mission is to help people to discover and learn new stuff with the help of storytelling, drawing and animation.
"Cognitive" is a term that describes the process people use for remembering, reasoning, understanding, and using judgment; the ability to think and make sense out of what is seen, heard, felt, and experienced, in order to solve problems. Our work brings content to life and can turn even the most head-scratchingly complex material into something cogent, memorable and fun.
We create animated films that help people make sense of content that is sometimes challenging and difficult to grasp.
We enjoy helping to explain this complex information in simple and engaging ways.
Although we are best known for our hand drawn videos for the RSA Animates series, we work in other styles too.
We work with global clients from the private, public, charity and community sectors and the work we take on aligns with our values. We are looking to promote great ideas that aid progressive social change and often work within the education and charity arenas.
But yes, we do take on commercial work too.
We have partnered with the RSA (the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) to deliver a series of short films that explain and illustrate their work. The RSA Animate Series is part of their mission to encourage public discourse and critical debate by providing platforms for leading experts to share new ideas on contemporary issues.
These videos utilise our most popular technique - a filmed drawing process that is edited in time with a spoken audio track - and are known as ‘Animates’.
The term was coined by the RSA for their Animate Series and has stuck. Although technically not traditional animation we still like to think we are giving life or spirit to the content.
You can find out more about our partnership with the RSA and how the Animate series developed on the Our Work page.
If you have a project in mind, don’t be shy. Click through to our Contact page and fill in the enquiry form with all the information we need to get the ball rolling.
We will let you know if we have any questions and then send you an information pack explaining exactly how we work.
Yes. We can provide experienced scriptwriters who work with you to understand your message and audiences and then write the script that will form the basis for your video.
When the script is agreed we can source voiceover talent to suit the style you want, as well as providing the recording studio and directing the recording session.
Sorry, but there isn’t a simple answer to this. We like to find out about our clients and their projects so we can offer a bespoke service that responds to their needs.
The price of a project will depend on a number of factors including:
The length and style of the film
Your technical specification
The complexity of the animation
The illustrator who works on your project
How your film will be used
If you would like an estimate for your project, please complete the enquiry form on our Contact page.
We are a small and very busy team and schedule in work as far ahead as possible.
To create memorable films, we need time for thinking and research so from your initial enquiry to final delivery could take anything from a few weeks to a few months.
Of course, this time depends on your needs, the complexity of your project and our availability.
The first step is to complete the Project Request form.
Then, if we think we can help tell your story, we will get in touch with a proposed schedule.
Please be aware that we cannot commit to any deadlines until a contract is in place.
Yes. We like to spend time understanding our clients' needs and helping them to understand the animation process, to make sure that we come up with the solution that is best suited to the client.
If you want to come to us, our studios are less than an hour from central London by train and easily accessible from the major airports. Or we can come to meet you. We are also happy to arrange conference and Skype calls.
As you can imagine, we get a lot of requests from people who want to come to Cognitive for work experience or placements. Unfortunately, we do not offer any internships.
But don’t worry! We do occasionally have other positions and advertise these on our website as they arise.