• CNA Conference 2018
Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

CNA Sound & Storytelling Conference

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March 22 – 24, 2018
Chapman University
283 N. Cypress St. | Orange, Calif.

Exploring Expressive Uses of Sound in Media

Thank you to all who joined us for The International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT) North America Sound & Storytelling Conference, March 22-24, 2018 at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Orange, California. This conference focused on the expressive and narrative use of sound in film, television and related media through keynote speakers, master classes, workshops, demonstrations, and panel discussions involving both educators and industry professionals.

+ - Keynote - Mark Mangini

Mark Mangini

Mark Mangini is an Oscar-winning (Mad Max Fury Road) and four time nominated Sound Designer known for films including Blade Runner 2049, Star Trek I,IV, & IV, The Fifth Element, Gremlins and Raiders Of The Lost Ark. He has spent his entire 41-year career in Hollywood imagining and composing altered sonic realities for motion pictures. He is a frequent lecturer, an outspoken proponent for sound as art and a guitarist/songwriter with compositions in sex, lies and videotape, Star Trek IV and others. He is a member of S.A.G, SMPTE, and ASCAP.

“Having grown up a musician, I am avowed of the idea that all organized sound is music. I see my work in movies every bit a composition as those of Beethoven and the Beatles. I just happen to use dissonance, specious melodic content and arrhythmia to its fullest advantage. My works are no less considered, designed, creative or manipulative. They just aren’t hummable.”

A Boston native, he attended Holy Cross College as a foreign language major but could not ignore his love of film and filmmaking. He moved to Los Angeles at 1976 and landed his first job in the entertainment industry in the sound department of Hanna Barbera Studios making silly noises for children’s cartoons at the age of 19. “My ears, having been keenly trained by years of language study and playing guitar, suited me well for a career of critical listening and creating unimagined aural worlds and fabricating sonic realities for motion pictures. “

He founded and ran Weddington Productions, a successful Hollywood post-production sound company for the 25 years. Today he works at the Formosa Group in Hollywood, California continuing his work as a Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Designer and Re-recording mixer on such recent films as blade runner 2049, Black Mass and The Accountant.

The Keynote presentation is sponsored by Pro Sound Effects.

+ - Partners & Sponsors

Dodge College thanks its partners and sponsors for their generosity in supporting the 2018 CNA Sound and Storytelling Conference:


Conference Partner Organization logos

CILECT North America (CNA)

University Film and Video Association

Cinema Audio Society

Mix Magazine

Motion Picture Editors (MPSE)


conference sponsors

DELL Technologies


Key Code Media

Dolby Laboratories

Crestron Electronics




Pro Sound Effects


+ - About CILECT

The International Association of Film and Television Schools (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et deTélévision – CILECT) was founded in Cannes, France, in 1954 at the proposal of Marcel L’Herbier (IDHEC President) and Rémy Tessonneau (IDHEC General Director) who gathered together for the first time higher education film school representatives from France, Italy, Poland, Spain, UK, USA and USSR. Learn more about CILECT.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who made this conference such a success. We couldn't have done it without you!