Hearing Again After 60 Years Of Isolation – documentary ‘I Hear A Sound’

I Hear A Sound

Michael Ferris aged 84 lost much of his hearing during the Suez crisis in 1956 but has the chance to have his hearing restored through the technical miracle of cochlear implant surgery. Barbara Jameson too is facing into her cochlear implant surgery with optimism and excitement and has high hopes that after her CI ‘switch-on’ and fine tuning she will be able to hear birds again, to hear the rain on the velux window and in a year’s time be able to hear her daughter take her wedding vows. In this moving radio documentary ‘I Hear A Sound’ Angie Mezzetti follows the journey back to the hearing world of Michael and Barbara and hears from others on what that journey is like. ‘I Hear A Sound’ is produced for Newstalkfm and funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Barbara Jameson’s story of recovering her hearing through cochlear Implant in Beaumont Hospital is followed in the radio documentary I Hear A Sound


Audiologist Christine McHugh in documentary I Hear A Sound


All Changed Gender Equality in TCD


Dr Sara McMurry one of the amazing women featured in the film recalling how different life was for women in Trinity in the 1960s. Sara was one of the first college chaperones for young women living on campus!

WiSER Women in Science and Engineering Research Trinity College Dublin

New Film

In 2016 over half the students in Trinity are female, but in the 1960s a woman on campus was a rare sight. Women had to be off campus by 6.30pm, there was no maternity leave and chaperones were appointed for the first women scholars on campus. These are some of memories recalled in this fascinating look back at life for women in Trinity college. Produced by Angie Mezzetti for Ocarina Productions the film poses questions for universities about the equality of men and women in the institutions when it comes to career path and promotion. – See more at: http://womeninleadership.ie/?p=419&preview=true#sthash.3NjRt7N0.dpufAll Changed


Barbara Wright, Fellow Emerita, Trinity College Dublin, in conversation with Angie Mezzetti for ‘All Changed’  film for WiSER TCD.

Its A Wrap


2015 was a busy year for Ocarina Productions. We started 2015 doing a series of 23 videos for Professional Development a training company based in Dublin. They were making their own videos for some time and knew they worked but they wanted them made with a more professional finish. Their trainers are real professionals and when it came to working with the camera and under the professional lighting set up they were naturals because they are so used to working with people from all walks of life and all areas of industry in a training scenario.
Aoife Kavanagh from Professional Development says “Videos really work, they can show a potential client or training officer what they can expect from our team”.

They were delighted with the videos and they know deliver business to their site and are ‘the convincer’ a person needs to pick up the phone. “There is enough information in these short videos to show potential clients if this is the right course for them.”

You can see what they mean on their website www.professionaldevelopment.ie
Ocarina Productions also organised the photography for the website and brochures with Dave Kenna Photography.


The College that Rocks

DFEi is a further Education College in Dun Laoghaire Dublin where I teach news Reporting part time. My colleague and chief cameraman Rick Gibb and I put together several videos for the college to show what a hive of activity it is, especially for hands-on people. You can study and get qualified in all sorts of things, from Journalism, Film Production and Radio Production to Sound Production. There are also courses in Nursing Studies, Woodcraft and Design, Instrument Making and Repair, Renewable Energy Technology, Cultural Studies including Local History, Computer Technology, Security and of course Animal Care and Dog Grooming. The music for the video is played by violinist and fellow teacher the amazing Audrey Trainor. Principal Cecilia Munro is the Star of the Show!

Think Ahead new film on the benefits of the programme

A new video produced by Angie Mezzetti and Richard Gibb of Ocarina Productions for the Think Ahead programme. Wendy and her daughter Helen speak openly, honestly and with humour about how useful they found the Think Ahead form.

The music is Bláth from the wonderful Colm Mac Con Iomaire from his album Anois an Aimsir or And Now The Weather.

How Testimonials Can Work For You

Authentic testimonials are a great way to get your fans to tell others how good you are and why they should do business with you. These can be filmed and edited for your website and are very cost effective.

This is a testimonial video we did for the Dun Laoghaire Chamber where several members say why they like being in the chamber and what they get out of in terms of support and business networking. It is a great example of testimonials in action.

Simple and economical to record and edit and it is authentic, these are the interviewees own words so you can tell that they mean what they say.

If you have a business and can organise some of your satisfied customers to say why they like doing business with you, other customers and potential customers can see if you would be a good fit for their needs.
It gets potential customers in the virtual door.

Try it! Call us for a quote on +353 1 2895264

The Importance of Videos for Fundraising

Video is a powerful medium. Awareness raising and fundraising videos can inspire potential funders and support dedicated teams.
The following is a video Ocarina made recently for the Irish Hospice Foundation to explain the marvellous and varied work that they do.

This short clip shows some of the ways that the Irish Hospice Foundation is helping patients and families at end of life. It also shows some of the innovative ways that people raise funds for the work of the foundation.

Leading Women for Newstalk 106-108

In 2014, Angie produced Leading Women – an inspiring documentary on the challenges and successes of some of Ireland’s most prominent female figures. This was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and produced for Newstalk 106-108fm for their documentary slot.

As well as interviews with ‘Leading Women’, this documentary investigates the attitudes and expectations of the “Millennial generation”. Research has shown that both male and female ‘Millennials’ have higher expectations for gender diversity and work-life balance than previous generations. Professor Elizabeth Kelan of Cranfield University is an expert on developing Millennial women as leaders and is featured in the documentary as is Dr Melrona Kirrane DCU Business school and Prof Eileen Drew director of WiSER in Trinity College Dublin.

The success of this documentary led Angie to create the Women in Leadership podcast, featuring full length interviews with some of Ireland’s foremost female entrepreneurs and public figures.

Listen to this documentary now on the Women in Leadership podcast website [link].

How to Write a Brief for your Video

So you need a video or you think you need one to add pizazz to your conference or more traffic to your website. So where do you start?

The first thing you must ask yourself is who is the audience for this video and next what message do you want to send out to them. You can’t squish everything that an organization does into 30 seconds but you can give a flavour.

Here is a ten point plan to get you started.

1. Think about what you want to say, who you want to say it to and write it down.

Start off with post-its, a white board, blackboard or the back of an envelope. Some of the best ideas start there.
Type it into a document onto your desktop or laptop. Think about the one vital thing you need to convey in this video. Label the document and save it.

2. Chop and Change.

Take time out away from the subject. Go for some exercise, a walk, a spin, a swim or make some soup and then come back to it. It is amazing the ideas you can get when you chop vegetables.

3. Revise

Go back and look at the brief you have written with a fresh perspective. Change it, edit back or add to it and clarify what you want to say. The clearer you are in your own mind what you want your video to say the better job the video producer is likely to make of the project. Leave it to the producer to come up with ideas and ways to tell the story.

4. Who, Where and When

Decide who the audience is and where and when the video will be used. For a conference it can set the scene and show in a series of images and sound bites that would take much longer to say. If it is for the web, the video will help you reach a much wider audience than you ever dreamed possible. This way you can gain new supporters, new customers and new friends. Write all of the ‘who, where and when’ into the brief.

5. Duration

When you know where you want to show your video you will have a better idea of the likely finished duration. If it is for a conference you might like to take use the opening 1 to 3 minutes to give a background of what you do. You can also make it longer 5 to 10 minutes even. People are not as fickle as you think especially if they are interested in your topic to begin with. Footage once shot can always be packaged into shorter or longer pieces but you must capture what you want first.

6. Budget

Decide how much you want to spend. The clearer you are from the beginning about what story you want to tell, the tighter the reign you will have on your budget.

7. Timeline

A deadline focuses producer and client. Allow time to set up the video. Scheduling should be tight but realistic.
All productions have three phases, pre-production (planning and scheduling), production (recording/filming) and post-production (editing, sound mixing, revisions and graphics).

8. Story

Be open to telling a story in your video. Think of telling stories to engage your viewer and listener. This means a beginning, middle and end and if possible a little surprise near the end. Leave wriggle room for your producer as sometimes the best ideas happen after a shoot begins.

9. Remember everyone is unique

We all absorb media in different ways. Some of us are primarily sound people, while others prefer visual. Most of us are a mixture of both. A video can convey sound and vision and can suggest to all senses. We all respond to emotion so use the passion for your own subject to connect with others.

10. Hold something back

Sometimes when people think about making a video for the first time they want to spill everything that is good about their company or product or organization and squish it into one short video. Remember a video is like an opening line in a courtship or dance. Go gently and leave them hungry to hear more.

Want to learn more? Contact us today on +353 1 2895264