How to make Strings Sound Realistic in Your Mix

The process of creating a real-sounding string section in a cinematic mix is a tough one if you don't have access to the London Symphony Orchestra.  So how do you do that?  How do you create realistic beautiful orchestral melodies to accompany your track? 

The answer I've come to involves blending a live-recorded solo violinist with high-quality sample libraries.  This week's composing vlog below: