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SMPTV live multi-cast stream brings together families and friends between the U.S., Japan, Korea, France, South America, the Netherlands, England, and Switzerland

April 27th, 2011


Here’s a sampling of some of the comments from some of the viewers from all over the world, on their experience with the live streaming of the scoring session.

from Juan Otalora, Columbia, South America:

Hi Brian, Thanks again for the stream and as I told you at the session my family watch it at the family’s farm in a town called Funza which is an hour away from Bogota. Though they had to rush to another place near by, that had a better internet connection. They were all very excited and really enjoyed it, they said the sound distorted a little with the high volume levels but that’s the magnitude of an orchestra. It’s so incredible that these things can happened halfway around the world.

Thank you very much.

Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile
from Giona Ostinelli , Switzerland

Hey Brian,
I talked with my folks back home and they all said that what you did was simply amazing.
It was a great experience because film scoring isn’t a subject like any other. It’s hard for a “normal” person to understand what we do and what it means and when they finally could see it with their eyes on Saturday, well everything was simply fantastic.
If we would have to give a rating between 1 and 10 for this experience, i think that 10 it would be too modest, we should rate it at least 20!

I just want to thank you from my parents and friends for all the work you had to do for that and how cool it was!

from Andrew Prahlow, Midwest, U.S.

The streamed footage was great. Friends and family who were not able to attend were able to watch and enjoy it. I think making it a new thing is a great idea.
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from Anthony Willis, Lincolnshire in Northern England;

Dear Brian,

Thank you so very much for making it possible for us to come in this afternoon. I feel very lucky to have been able to share in such an historic event – an experience I will never forget!

I also wanted to thank you for all the efforts you made to set up the live broadcast of our final Warner brothers session on saturday. My family were all up in Lincolnshire, Northern England to celebrate the Easter weekend with my Grandfather who has been recently recovering from a stroke. It therefore meant a meant a huge amount for them all to be able to share in this special occasion- broadcast live from LA!!

With best wishes to you,

from Ben Mason, Atlanta, Georgia;

Thank you setting up the video stream.  The comments I heard was the sound quality was not that great, but it was really nice to be able to watch it. They really appreciate it!

from Megumi Sasano, Japan;

About the live video stream, I greatly appreciate it! Because my family could watch it in Japan (even it starts 2am in Japanese time!) and they really enjoyed watching this.
Also as personally, I couldn’t visit this program before applying so these service are very good for future applicants!
Anyway this is so cool for everyone, Brian 🙂

from Colton Weatherston, Chicago, Illinois

Thanks Brian!
My friends and family were able to watch the recording from afar.
This was a great service to provide.
Excellent idea
from SMPTV instructor, Jack Smalley, North Hollywood, CA

watched some of the streamed session Sat – bravo!  What a great idea!

from Vidjay Beerepoot, The Netherlands;

Hi Brian,

Thanks for the great weekend. Both Friday night and Saturday at WB was great!

So about the live stream. After you left, I got an email from a Dutch friend, he actually made a screencast of the streaming broadcast and made a special video for me.
So I send you another email with a link to download this video, you can hear the actually quality what they heard and saw overseas. He also put my actual video in the movie so only the left image of the orchestra is the stream (ok it sounds weird but when you see it it makes sense 🙂
Important note: the drop outs are not in the stream but it is the software my friend used to capture the movie. So the stream was flawless.

Here is a quote of one of my friends in Holland.

Really super tight all the picture, fun and playful alternations at the right time (beating on the plane). What are these musicians well.

Another friend in Belgium told me that the quality was great!

from Sebastian Cano-Besquet, East Coast, U.S.

Hi Brian,

I just wanted to thank you for everything. You’re absolutely right that the final session is the culmination of the year– it’s an experience unto itself. Before the program started we were talking about whether it would be better for me to wait a year and I’m so glad I didn’t, or I wouldn’t be as far along as I am personally and musically at this time in my life; in my estimation where I was when I started and where am I now are just so markedly different. Thank you for streaming the session as well, that just added an additional layer of awesomeness to the whole experience. =)

I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend.

All best,

from Justin Bell, Santa Barbara, CA;

Hey Brian,
My parents did a screen capture of my cue as well. I’m planning on having a bit of fun with making a video cutting back and forth between the stream, conductor cam, and the video itself, with an actual mix playing over it in sync. At least, that’s my ambition to pull off. I’m hoping to have it ready for my site in a couple weeks. Would you like a copy for publicity for next year?

from, Jeff Piecora Midwest, USA

Hi Brian!
I tried to log on but it wouldn’t load. Might have been because of security settings on work computers. How did it go? Hope everything is well with you.

Jeff Piecora
Northtown Home Depot
Store 2847

from Sharon Shoop , music educator West Virginia, USA;

Hi Brian,

Thanks so much! I was addicted almost all day! I have never seen anything like this before, so it was very interesting to see how it works besides hearing the wonderful music!
My favorites were the first (not the orchestration itself, but the composition), the third person (the airplane and animated bird) and the last. I loved the last piece the best!
Rachel plays French horn and enjoyed it as well. Lots of French horn and strings!

Now I have to boil some eggs for Easter! I’ve been close to the computer all day!

Happy Easter and thanks a lot!

from film music fan, Mark Chaney, Tuscon, Arizona;

Hi Brian,
I watched the session from the lunch break to the end. It was great! Wish I could have been there live, but this was very cool. Thanks for posting this. Take care. MC-P.
from Dr. Ron Fellman, the parent of one of the SMPTV students, Katie Fellman, santa Barbara, CA;

Dear Brian,

I cant thank you enough for the link to the live session. I watched Katie’s piece “The Fly II” and the enjoyment was indescribable !!
I love watching all the works. Fortunately, it came through on my mac pro but only the sound came through on the macbook pro, not sure why.
Again, I greatly appreciate your efforts in this.
my best,

Ronald L. Fellman MD
from Daniel Wehr, SMPTV alumnus, 2009 Los Angeles, CA;

welcome to the future – it works, Brian!

from Odal Park, Korea;

SMPTV student composer, Odal Park, hadn’t seen her family in 3 years so, when the live stream was made available, her family got together, at their home in Korea, to watch Odal direct the orchestra from the control room at Warner Bros. In this way, they were able to hear her music for film, for the very first time!
Here it is in Odal’s words;

Hi, Brian.

I went to NY in 2008 and I looking for some schools about film scoring. At that time, I worked as a music teacher there. I worked 3-4 days in a week, and vacation was too short for visiting to my family in Korea. Also, I couldn’t quit a job because I had to make money for living. So, I haven’t gone to Korea for 3 years and I told them visiting me when I graduate. Sometimes, we are doing calling and emailing but we can’t do Skype things because my parents are over 60 years old. So they are not familiar with Skype.
But the live streaming was very easy to access. I just emailed them with the link and they did click once. Then, they could see me also, they could see what was going on the session. That was very special for them because they didn’t know much about film scoring job. They knew that it’s writing music for movie but they never saw scoring stage. it was fantastic experience for them. And also, I don’t need to explain to them what I am doing here anymore. Someday, my father asked me that I do have a graduation concert because when I was undergraduate, we had it. Anyway, after they got the live show, They said “it is your graduation concert, we feel we are there. so, we are very happy to be with you in your concert.”
I hope you know how my family and I were happy that time with small computer window.

I really appreciate you for making it and I hope next student can have that great experience with Live TV.
Have good day!




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