THIS is how figure skating commentary should look!
Did anyone else watch the Mozart Cup this weekend? There was a livestream and they have the best team commenting on the skating. It was fresh, fun, entertaining and real. Here is a link to the livestream: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1...events/2700693
Ryan T Thornton and team did a fab job. Check it out!
The skating is also incredible.
After watching 4CCs for the past 3 days on Universal - anyone would be better than Peter Carruthers. He is just horrible! Half the time he doesn't finish his sentences and words just hang out there..... And he really doesn't know the current judging system very well.
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Ryan also did Graz the last 2 years.
I watched two of the programs and I didn't hear any commentary, really... am I missing something? Are you saying that the best commentary is almost no commentary at all?
I prefer all commentary come after the skate is over and then a be a report of the facts and not personal judgment. Sorry, I found him so irritating I only lasted about a minute.
The same with me. Best is very little commentary during the skate (just the jumps named) and all the rest during slow-motion.
Originally Posted by Icey
Well, if you like mindless chatter and terrible video.
Originally Posted by loopy
Ryan is funny I like him a lot However I miss Dick and Peggy I just don't like Sandy and Scott, Sandy is always complaining and Scott is cheesy!!
I like Scott A LOT! I love how he sets up each element and describes why each jump failed. He needs to stick around. I like his dramatic flair. He is a good antidote to Sandra who is dryer than my Granny's pot roast.
Originally Posted by cjuarez
I am so glad some of you liked it. Sorry if you did not. I must admit that the picture quality could have been better, we were hindered by the quality of the judges camera and have already put things in place to make this better for future events. If you do not like what I say during the pauses please feel free to mute me. The idea is not to detract from the skating and fill during the pauses. All of the feedback we got live during the event was great, the same with twitter. I suppose the skaters and fans were happy to be involved in a complete package which would not have happened at an event like this any other way. Moreover, we tried to connect the live stream to the skaters and the skaters to the live stream. I do not off course expect anyone with any negative comments to take anything I have said seriously. You would go down in my estimation if you did. I do not intend to change the way I do things. A final thank you to all those who got it, liked it and got involved. We have lots of fresh and exciting things coming up that will hopefully upset the old guard. OH, and thank you for anyone being negative. In the words of Oscar Wilde, "there is only one thing worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about."
Ryan I liked when you did the commentary with viktor pfeiffer, you 2 have very good chemistry!
I registered to make this post - hopefully there will be many more to come in the future
First of all thank you loopy for posting this thread.
I have a very specific perspective on this topic because I did the rink music for Mozart Cup.
I had never met Ryan and Paco, his livestream producer, before the event and they're both the most pleasant people to work with. Also, they know their stuff.
If some people didn't like it because of the video quality - well, as Ryan said, the judges' camera had to be used. That system is not HD yet, but it will surely improve in the future. It's all a learning process and in this case it very much was a decision of doing it this way or not having a livestream at all.
And, of course, everybody likes different styles of comedy and entertainment in general. They could have done a very dry, factual commentary - but then I'm sure a lot less people would have watched, posted and tweeted.
I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more livestreams done by the guys and hopefully working with them again in the future.
Last edited by MusicGuy; 01-28-2014 at 06:06 PM.
Is Ryan the guy who did the announcing at the Ice Challenge?
I watched and thought it was amazing. I love how he respects the actual skating and refuses to talk during skates and then makes the wait for marks more entertaining. It was also great to be able to send good luck wishes to the skaters and have a world wide synchro community to chat with during the event. Also, Ryan and his company were doing a lot to help the Why Not Synchro/Synchro 2018 movement, which is much appreciated by this retired synchro skater. I couldn't think of anything better (other than it being included in the Olympics) that could happen to synchro than Ryan and his company participating. (No, I don't know him, I'm just a grateful fan!)
I did the announcing two years ago but just the live stream in 2013.