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Studio Network Solutions Helps Win Oscar

A/V SAN PRO used during scoring of ?Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King? (June 17, 2004)

After efficiently streamlining workflow during the recording, editing and mixing of Howard Shores music score for ?The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, it was an easy decision for Mark Willsher, associate music producer, to turn once again to Studio Network Solutions while creating the music score for ?The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

?We briefly discussed switching over to some of the newer software, but decided that the A/V SAN PRO had been so good on Two Towers that we didnt want or need to make any changes, Willsher stated, referring to the Abbey Road Studio that houses one of several A/V SAN Fibre Channel storage area network systems used for this project. ?It was easy to manage because all the drives are in one physical location. From the point of view of backing it up, you dont have to go around and search for drives and figure out who is doing what because its all available on the A/V SAN PRO. It was an easy way to keep track of everything and avoid multiple copies of work, which at the end of the day saved us from confusion. The SAN was rock-solid for what we needed to do.

While many of the uses for the SNS A/V SANs were the same during the production of both movie scores, there were several instances where Willsher and his audio crew expanded the scope of its usage. For example, during scoring, a multi-user A/V SAN was placed on stage while the musicians were recording. This facilitated working directly on a particular session on location. Without this feature, the audio crew would have been forced to unmount drives in order to access whatever drive specific material was saved on.

?This enabled us to have an editor on site, who could be working while we were recording, Willsher said. ?During a recording session, the editor would be working off the same material, so as we finished each piece, they would then edit it and we would review the material during breaks. This way, we were certain we had everything that was needed.

Returning to The Film Unit in New Zealand, Willsher utilized both Pyramix and Pro Tools workstations for dubbing. Running SANmp off an A/V SAN located at the New Zealand studio, the crew was able to work on OS 10, OS 9 and Windows XP concurrently to complete the task. ?It was fantastic, Willsher concluded. ?It did exactly what we wanted.

On the horizon for Willsher and crew is Howard Shores next score for Peter Jackson: ?King Kong. According to Willsher, with the success of the previous two projects, he is sure to use Studio Network Solutions storage systems in some capacity on that endeavor.

About Studio Network Solutions
Studio Network Solutions is a storage technology company specializing in products and services for the entertainment industries. Founded in 1998, SNS has become a premier provider of storage area networking products and technologies for real-world media production. For more information, please visit


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