Hoping this brings a little additional awareness...

Posted by: Rich Galassini

Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 08:20 AM

G'morning All,

The Discovery Channel's "How It's Made" is in our restoration center today and tomorrow to document the restoration of grand pianos.



I love the show and watch it often. I am not sure if this will help our industry in general, but I hope this brings some additional awareness to the possibility of owning a grand piano to the general public.

In 2007 (or so) the show did a segment on Mason & Hamlin and, although not many customers remember specifics, like the actual steps in building a piano or who the manufacturer was, a surprising number of our customers refer to the seeing it over the years.

Here's hoping!
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 08:30 AM

Excellent!

This is so much more interesting than how doughnuts are filled with jelly.

Have fun, Rich!
Posted by: wimpiano

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 08:32 AM

Any clue when it is aired?
Posted by: Steve Jackson

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 09:24 AM


To a piano rebuilder, filling donuts with jelly can be more fascinating.

Good for you Rich!

It can only help the cause.

Take care

Steve
Posted by: Rickster

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 09:29 AM

Congratulations, Rich!

That is something to brag about... :-)

I like the show too, and watch it often. It's usually every educational and interesting.

Let us all know when it will air, as someone else mentioned.

Rick
Posted by: Retsacnal

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 09:31 AM

Sounds cool! I'll look forward to seeing it!

Will they film any arguments in the shop to "spice it up?" wink
Posted by: CJ@Perfectlygrand

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 10:29 AM

That's awesome - what a coup.

Charles Flaum
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 10:41 AM

OH that I want to see! Good stuff smile
Posted by: sophial

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 10:54 AM

That is very cool, Rich! Congratulations!
Posted by: Catlady

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 11:06 AM

So Rich,....
Any casting couch stories you'd like to share???
Posted by: Theodore Slutz

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 11:07 AM

That is awesome! Congrads! I totally watch that show.
Posted by: Rod Verhnjak

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 11:27 AM

Fantastic!!!!

Looking forward to seeing it.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 11:35 AM

Congrats!

Do you post a link when it's on?
Posted by: waterlogged

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 11:45 AM

I catch that show every so often, and hope to catch this one. I'll check back for a date here.
Posted by: UKIkarus

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 12:02 PM

Excellent, I'll be sure to keep an eye out for this one smile

Watch it often!
Posted by: dynamobt

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 12:16 PM

Fantastic!! I'll be on the lookout for it.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 09:48 PM

Thanks all. I do not know when this will air as there is extensive editing to do once the crew returns to their studio in Montreal, but as I know more I will make sure to post a "heads up".

Just for fun we had quite a cultural exchange with these French Canadians - our guys gave the film crew the chance to experience true Philadelphia cheesesteaks. They seemed to enjoy them. I think I heard their arteries hardening as they ate. wink



Thank you D'alessandro's Steaks! (They are my favorites) thumb
Posted by: terminaldegree

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 10:04 PM

Neat! I hope they make this video look different than the M&H factory tour for the sake of variety.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 10:07 PM

Originally Posted By: terminaldegree
Neat! I hope they make this video look different than the M&H factory tour for the sake of variety.


Well,

Building a piano and rebuilding a piano require different techniques, so it ought to have a different flavor.

If not, blame the editors because it really is quite different.
Posted by: Ed McMorrow, RPT

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/04/13 10:13 PM

Congrats Rich! I look forward to seeing your shop in action.

If you want to get some conflict going get a die-hard UT tuner to debate an ET tuner. Unfortunately for the ratings that will put every one to sleep!
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 07:53 AM

This really is fun!

Rich, did they wrap-up in one day or is there another session today?

Some additional 'stills' would be great!

Thanks for posting.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 12:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
This really is fun!

Rich, did they wrap-up in one day or is there another session today?

Some additional 'stills' would be great!

Thanks for posting.


They are wrapping up the video shot today. It is amazing how much time goes into each shot... and each shot is only seconds. The director said that for each minute of actual final edited video between one and two hours of time has to be spent in filming.

Here are a few stills from the past few days:



The producer (in blue) sets up the next video sequence.




About to shoot!




This is what the cameraman sees.



Discussing the sequence of events needed when diagnosing and working with an older action.



Stringing a concert grand piano.


The one disappointing thing about this video is that the crew has a set time for a set number of shots. This means that we will be able to communicate the overview of what a typical restoration is, but will not be able to go into incredible detail within each step because of their schedule. I would love to have this opportunity with no finite schedule.

That would be fun!
Posted by: OperaTenor

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 12:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Catlady
So Rich,....
Any casting couch stories you'd like to share???


Catlady wins...
Posted by: OperaTenor

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 12:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Ed McMorrow, RPT
If you want to get some conflict going get a die-hard UT tuner to debate an ET tuner. Unfortunately for the ratings that will put every one to sleep!


Ed loses... ;-p
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 12:47 PM

Originally Posted By: OperaTenor
Originally Posted By: Catlady
So Rich,....
Any casting couch stories you'd like to share???


Catlady wins...

Posted by: the nosy ape

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 01:11 PM

Wow, this is really great, Rich. My son loves that show. I wonder if he will recognize your shop when he sees it. If he does then I think he will get a big kick out of it.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 05:17 PM

So the day is ending,

Things are dying down and we hope to be completed with the actual footage today. What fun I have had with a tremendous film crew and an expert staff - all of whom worked as a team. I have uploaded a few more stills from this afternoon for those who have interest:




Framing some of the last shots




Still framing.




Packing up some of the equipment.

This has been an adventure for me personally and I am looking forward to seeing the final product. It is a little intimidating because after the crew leaves, it is really all up to them. Editing is an art in itself and can change the viewers perception of what is happening, for sure.

(I hope we don't hate it)
Posted by: CC2 and Chopin lover

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 06:35 PM

Rich,
My sincerest congratulations....you deserve the exposure and recognition. That being said, I agree that these things can be a crapshoot as far as being represented as you had hoped. I remember I was training for the Minnesota State Body Building Championships years ago and a local newspaper contacted me for an interview. The reporter and cameraman spent about an hour with me in the gym, asking questions and photographing the way one trains for these things. I thought it would be interesting and enlightening for folks that don't necessarily follow this stuff to see what goes into it. When the article was published, it was really shocking to me how little understanding the reporter had of what I was trying to say and the concepts I tried to get across. It is very unnerving to have your words and thoughts misrepresented by someone else, especially in a public venue. I also agree that something like piano restoration needs to get into the specifics and "nitty gritty" details to really convey what an incredible process it is.
Posted by: bkw58

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 06:39 PM

Congratulations! Can't wait to see it...
Posted by: Dave B

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 07:13 PM

Kudos dude! I'm sure the editing will exceed your expectations.
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 07:13 PM

I love that program and will look out for it.
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 07:17 PM

We are all aware of the fine quality of work that comes out the Cunningham rebuilding shop, but, ya gotta admit that the historic building makes it Extra Awsome!

It'll look great on TV.
Posted by: thetandyman

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 07:20 PM

If they can make a gun using 3D printing technology, when can they print a Steinway D?
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 07:22 PM

Sorry, S&S doesn't use a WN&G action.

(Totally OT)
Posted by: OperaTenor

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 08:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Sorry, S&S doesn't use a WN&G action.

(Totally OT)


You called?

laugh
Posted by: OperaTenor

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/05/13 08:01 PM

Rich, I will be monitoring PW for a heads up of when this will air.

I think they picked the right shop to film!

Kudos, brother!
Posted by: Dave Horne

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/06/13 06:55 AM

I watch the Discovery Channel during my workouts at the gym.

I'm looking forward to seeing this over here!

Since I was born and raised in Philadelphia I hope the crew includes some shots of the area outside the workshop as well.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/06/13 07:10 AM

Originally Posted By: CC2 and Chopin lover
When the article was published, it was really shocking to me how little understanding the reporter had of what I was trying to say and the concepts I tried to get across. It is very unnerving to have your words and thoughts misrepresented by someone else, especially in a public venue. I also agree that something like piano restoration needs to get into the specifics and "nitty gritty" details to really convey what an incredible process it is.


Yes! You feel my pain. Unfortunately, we can only try to communicate as best we can. The good news is that we will have input into the narration, but the ultimate decisions are still theirs. That is the scary part for me.


Originally Posted By: OperaTenor
Rich, I will be monitoring PW for a heads up of when this will air.

I think they picked the right shop to film!

Kudos, brother!


Thank you OT. I only wish I could somehow convince you to relocate to Philadelphia. Your hands and ears would be well used here.

Originally Posted By: Dave Horne
I watch the Discovery Channel during my workouts at the gym.

I'm looking forward to seeing this over here!

Since I was born and raised in Philadelphia I hope the crew includes some shots of the area outside the workshop as well.


It occurs to me that they might show different episodes there, Dave. Have you seen many episodes based in the USA?
Posted by: Dave Horne

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/06/13 09:18 AM

It occurs to me that they might show different episodes there, Dave. Have you seen many episodes based in the USA?

Rich, I think I see the same episodes as you though at different times. The Dutch typically do not do voice overs, they show programs in their original language and add Dutch subtitles at the bottom of the screen.
Posted by: Jeff Clef

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/09/13 01:04 AM

Discovery Communications: thirteen cable channels, feeding a giant media maw which is ever-starved for content. I'll bet they have a whole department that does nothing but vet suggestions from viewers. In fact, I should not wonder if they have a department which prepares educational films for private, non-broadcast training seminars.

Immense market for writers and creatives, and many technicians... not to mention front of the camera workers, or their famous, spoken narrative tracks.

Let us know the date, Rich, so we can program our boxes. The TV listings are the stepchild of the industry: so poor, when they could be so rich.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/12/13 11:23 PM

I just got word today that the film taken on location here has arrived in the province of Quebec safely. Now they need to take many hours of film and distill it down to minutes while keeping the story points clear.

What a job!

I will keep PW posted as I learn more. Has anyone ever been involved in the editing phase of a project like this? Any ideas as to how much time is needed to do this kind of work?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
Posted by: jrcallan

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/13/13 04:59 AM

I've been an assistant editor on several documentaries, and the short answer in editing is that you're done when you stop, or How much time do you have? But cutting an hour show should take a month or six weeks. It depends on how scripted the idea is or whether they just shoot and shoot, and then look for a theme. It also depends on whether the director does the cutting. That can ADD time if the director falls in love with his footage and can't be ruthless in sending his film to the cutting room floor. Your crew probably has a real good idea where they're going with this, so I would guess a month.
Posted by: Rudy99golf

Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... - 11/13/13 12:47 PM

Congrats Rich!!!!

Now you will join the Rich & Famous of America.

I'm a little scared that you will be sooo famous that Cunningham Pianos will turn into a "boutique restoration facility" and then I will never be able to send my piano to your shop.

Things happen when a job is well done.

Congrats again.