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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

Join 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. The conference will focus 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.

+ - Registration & Deadlines

Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest!


+ - Lodging

Chapman has secured rates at the following area hotels:

The ALO Hotel $119/night- 2.2 miles

Ayres Hotel Orange $139/night- 2.3 miles

Best Western Plus Meridian Inn & Suites $129/night- 3.2 miles

To receive the above discounted rates, please call and mention Chapman University/Dodge College when booking.

In addition to the above, there are multiple hotels in close proximity to Chapman University, including: 

Double Tree by Hilton - 2.3 miles

Best Western Orange Plaza  - 0.8 miles

Motel 6 Anaheim Stadium-Orange - 1.8 miles

**Please note: the conference registration fee does not cover lodging or transportation to/from the campus.**

+ - Ground Transportation from LAX

For attendees arriving through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), in addition to car rentals, the following Ground Transportation Services are available:

Black Lane Car Service: Between $90 and $150 depending on the service ordered

Taxi: Costs about $ 125.00. Taxi stands located near all the terminals. 

Ride Sharing Services

UberX: $43.00 - $ 56.00

Lyft: About $ 59.00

To get picked up, proceed to one of the “Ride Service” pickup signs/zones on the Departure Level (Upper Level of airport)

SuperShuttle: $ 45.00

Reserve in advance here

+ - 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.

+ - Schedule

View the complete schedule for speaker and panel details. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

7:00 – 9:00 PM:

Conference Kick-off Reception
Saddle Ranch, Orange
sponsored by G-Technology and Filmtools

Complimentary with conference registration 


Thursday, March 22, 2018

8:15 – 9:15 AM:

Continental Breakfast
Sound Stage A, MKS
sponsored by iZotope

Conference credentials are available for pick up in the first floor lobby of Marion Knott Studios beginning at 8 a.m.

9:15 – 10:30 AM:

Welcome / Session 1:
Folino Theater, MKS
Keynote Address Mark Mangini
sponsored by Pro Sound Effects

10:30 – 11:30 AM:

Session 2:
Folino Theater, MKS

11:30 AM – 12 PM: Coffee Break
Lobby/Lounge, DMAC
sponsored by Crestron
12:00 – 1:00 PM:

Session 3 - Parallel Panels

  1. Steven Saltzman: “Storytelling Through Music: The Art and Process of Music Editing” (Folino Theater, MKS)
  2. Chanel Summers: “Creating Immersive & Aesthetic Auditory Spaces for VR” (Cloobeck Screening Room, DMAC)

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Lunch
Lobby/Lounge, DMAC
sponsored by AVID & Keycode Media
2:00 – 3:40 PM:

Session 4: Panels

  1. Sound Study - Cloobeck Screening Room, DMAC
  2. Documentary Sound - Room 111, MKS
3:40 – 4:10 PM:

Coffee Break
Lobby/Lounge, DMAC
sponsored by Crestron

4:10 – 5:50 PM:

 Session 5: Panels

  1. Teaching Panel - Room 111, MKS
  2. Sound in AR/VR Panel - Cloobeck Screening Room, DMAC
5:50 – 6:50 PM:

Session 6:

Mark Ulano, President Cinema Audio Society, President IATSE Local 695, AMPAS, Production Sound Mixing: Capturing the Original Performances

6:50 – 8:30 PM:

Welcome Reception
Sound Stage B, MKS
sponsored by DELL Technologies


Friday, March 23, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast
Sound Stage A, MKS
sponsored by iZotope
9:00 – 10:00 AM: Session 1:
Larry Blake “Being a Wide-Ranging Talk Regarding That Thing Called Film Sound” (Folino Theater, MKS)
10:00 – 11:00 AM: Session 2:
Mark Kerins “Storytelling through Surround” (Folino, Theater, MKS)
11:00 -11:30 AM: Coffee Break
Lobby/Lounge, DMAC
sponsored by Crestron
11:30 – 12:30 PM:

 Session 3:

 "Sound Across the Curriculum" (Folino Theater, MKS) 

Ross Williams, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Val Kuklowsky, University of Hertfordshire School of Creative Arts, UK, and Wojciech Wrzesniewski, London Film School, London, UK “Sound 101 for Writers and Directors”

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch
Lobby/Lounge, DMAC
sponsored by AVID & Keycode Media
1:30 – 3:10 PM:

Session 4: Panels

  1. Documentary Sound Panel Cloobeck Screening Room
  2. Movie Music Panel Room 111, MKS
3:10 – 3:40 PM:

Coffee Break
Lobby/Lounge, DMAC
sponsored by Crestron

3:40 – 5:20 PM:

Session 5: Panels

  1. Teaching Panel 2 Room 111, MKS
  2. Sound Study Panel 2 Cloobeck Screening Room
5:20 – 6:20 PM:

Session 6: Parallel Sessions

  1. Jack Beck, “Re-Defining Focalized Sound: The Convergence of POA, Suspension, and Extension Room 111, MKS

  2.  Amy de Louise, Director/Producer, and Cheryl Ottenritter, Founder/Senior Mixer Otthouse Audio Cloobeck Screening Room

6:20 – 8:00 PM: Closing Reception
Sound Stage B
sponsored by Dolby Laboratories
8:00 – 8:30 PM: Glenn Kiser, Dolby Institute Presentation
Folino Theater, MKS
8:30 – 9:30 PM:

Panel on the Making of the Documentary “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
Folino Theater, MKS
Co-Produced and Midge Costin, Bobette Buster, Karen Johnson, Thomas G, Miller ACE


Saturday, March 24, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 AM:  Continental Breakfast
Sound Stage A, MKS
sponsored by iZotope
9:00 – 10:00 AM:  Session 1:
David Sonnenschein, “EAR OPENING:  The power of listening in new, unusual and beneficial ways to enhance our awareness and creation of sound”
Folino Theater, MKS
10:00 – 11:00 AM:

Session 2:

Mildred Iatrou Master Class
Folino Theater, MKS
Moderated by Roy Finch

11:00 – 11:30 AM:  Coffee Break
Lobby/Lounge, DMAC
sponsored by Crestron
11:30 – 12:30 AM:

Session 3Parallel Panel/Presentation

  1. Women in Post Production Panel Folino Theater, MKS
  2. Samuel Larson Guerra, “Who is Listening?: The teaching of film sound as a creative process” Cloobeck Screening Room, DMAC
12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch
Lobby/Lounge, DMAC
sponsored by AVID & Keycode Media
1:30 – 2:40 PM:

Session 4: Parallel Panel/Presentation

  1. Industry Panel: Composers Folino Theater, MKS
  2. Vanessa Ament,“A Presentation on the Making of the Documentary Amplified: A Conversation with Women in American Film Sound.” Cloobeck Screening Room, DMAC
2:40 – 3:50 PM:

Session 5: Parallel Panels

  1. Industry Panel: Music Supervisors & Production Mustic: Cloobeck Screening Room, DMAC 
  2. Capitol Studios Panel with Nick Rives “On the Art of Mixing Music in Surround” Folino Theater, MKS
3:50 – 4:20 PM: Coffee Break
Lobby/Lounge, DMAC
sponsored by Crestron
4:20 – 5:30 PM:

Session 6: Industry Panel: Sup. Sound Editors and Sound Designers
Folino Theater, MKS
Moderator: David Bondelevitch, University of Colorado Denver, MPSE, CAS

5:30 - 6:30 PM:

Session 7: Sound Across the Curriculum
Folino Theater, MKS

+ - 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 by visiting the CILECT.

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