Who We Are
Media Coop was founded in 2010 by Colin Norris, with the intention of becoming the new face of media production in Ireland, and so far so good. A year after our inception, we already have a client list which includes Volkswagen, Paddy Power, Bacardi,Guinness,Amnesty International, Owens DDB, Ogilvys and many more.
Media Coop is a bespoke production company; we don't outsource and we keep our work in house. This keeps our costs down and keeps our clients very happy.
We produce a wide variety of products including TV commercials, digital media and web videos, corporate presentations and specialty projections. From creative to technical,script to screen, Media Coop can do it all.
WWhat We Do
We produce a wide variety of products for the web, TV and corporate clients including TV commercials, digital media and web videos, corporate presentations, multi-camera events, concerts and specialty projections.
Our work ethos is that there is no gig too big and no budget too tight. Media Coop will make it happen with extensive experience, fresh thinking, creative flair and keen pricing. We believe if you're happy and having fun in your work it adds a smile to the finished product. What we are serious about is quality, quality in everything we do from the equipment we use to the people that use it.
Why we are here
When Media Coop was founded in 2010, the recession was really starting to bite in Ireland and work for everybody involved in the media industry was thin on the ground. We saw an opportunity to try to create work for ourselves and for our freelance friends. Although companies advertising and marketing budgets have shrunk significantly, there is still a need to get themselves and their products out into the marketplace, and yet spend their budgets wisely.
Media Coop doesn't have a super sexy young Latvian receptionist, a bank of chrome N'espresso machines or wall to wall leather sofas, but our no frills approach to media production is helping companies that have had to tighten their belts to get out there and get noticed.
The core Media Coop team is made up of Colin and Mark but we can't take all the credit... we are lucky enough to have a fantastic army of freelancers in every field of media production to call on.
For as long as I can remember I have been documenting the world around me through the media of photography and video - though thankfully my camera work improved as the years went by!
I started my career in the glamorous world of media production at the Yard facilities - as a refreshment technician, duties included making vats of tea for the creative masses and the occasional sandwich. Working at the Yard ignited my passion for technology and camera work, which spurred me on to work as a camera operator at Ireland's largest music festivals, concerts and audio visual events.
From the rock and roll world I entered the television sector and spent my days and nights traveling the country as a freelance DV Director and Lighting Cameraman for a variety of Ireland's top TV shows, such as: Written Off, Ballet Chancers, Buyer Beware, The Fabulous Food Adventure, Baby on Board, An Audience with Katherine Lynch, Class Act and Anonymous.
In early 2009, I had a brilliant opportunity to tour the world with Mexican rock duo Rodrigo y Gabriella - producing, shooting and editing their on tour packages. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and the closest I'll ever come to being a rock star!
Closer to home, I toured with Mario Rosenstock's Gift Grub live sell out Irish tours. Working closely with Mario and Ian Dempsey I supervised the live video element of the show, incorporating projection, live camera and video triggering.
Late in 2009, I wrote my first Media Coop biography stating that I was making the move from DV Director to full time producer. Two years on, I can proudly say that after over 150 productions with Media Coop ranging from multi camera music events, commercials, corporate productions and viral campaigns - my ambition has been achieved and for my next ambition, watch this space....!!
There are two reasons I work in this industry - my love of all things technological and the opportunity to work with every type of person, from the weird , the wonderful to the wise.
My career highlights include: meeting and working with Dustin the Turkey, finding the love of my life on a hidden camera show and sitting in the driver's seat of a Luas.
Colin was always a curious child growing up, intrigued by the mechanical inner workings of my expensive stereo and camera. He lost a lot of pocket money replacing that stuff over many, many years. It's great to see him finally making his way in the world even if it means he'll never be comptroller and auditor general. I would have no qualms about recommending him as a brother or close family member.
Colin's big brother.
Mark O Toole
Due to many years of living in close proximity to a faulty microwave in the 90's, Mark has no memory of his childhood and therefore can't remember what he wanted to be when he grew up.
But upon his escape from the bullet ridden streets of rural Carlow, Mark packed his bags and moved his social welfare claim to Dublin. Dazzled and confused by the bright city lights of the capital he soon found himself at Griffith College for an intense course in Media Studies, coming out the other end with a greater understanding of all things media shaped and a taste for tasty editing. A year spent in Loopline Films ignited a love for documentary & the arts that has stayed with him ever since, and has even encouraged Mark to dip his toes in the directing pool, which was too cold so he ran squealing all the way back to his cosy little edit dungeon.
Organised, punctual & diligent are the first words that come to mind when I think of Mark. We spent many great years working closely together and I always knew he would move on to greener pastures.
Social Welfare Officer
South East Region