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CNA Sound & Storytelling Conference

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March 22 – 24, 2018
Chapman University

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

Click here for conference registration.

Early Registration Deadline: March 1

Early Registration Fee: $300 general \ $85 student

Late Registration Deadline: March 14

Late Registration Fee: $350 general \ $135 student

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

+ - Call for Papers/Presentations

Proposals should relate to the presentation of historical, theoretical and/or practical perspectives on the use of sound, music and sound design, in film or related media. We are also interested in proposals that deal with the teaching of sound in film or related media.

Presentations will be about 20 minutes long followed by a 10 minutes Q and A session.

Please submit a short description of your paper/presentation to cna2018@chapman.edu

We are accepting submissions until January 31, 2018.

Please contact Michael Kowalski at kowalski@chapman.edu if you have any questions.

+ - 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.**

+ - 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.

+ - Speakers & Schedule

The schedule for the conference is forthcoming. Please continue to check for updates.

Keynote Speaker: Mark Mangini (Mad Max: Fury Road, Blade Runner 2049)

  • Vanessa Ament, Endowed Chair at Ball State. Author of The Foley Grail.

  • David Bondelevitch, Emmy-award winning sound editor and re-recording mixer. He has also won two Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards and has been nominated twenty-six times. He is Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver. David is Past President of the MPSE and is Secretary of the Cinema Audio Society.
  • Midge CostinProfessor at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. She will be discussing the making of her documentary about sound designers called Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound.

  • Miriam Cutler, Music composer for documentary films.

  • Mildred Iatrou, Supervising Sound Editor whose credits include Lalaland, Battle of the Sexes, The Mountain Between Us.

  • Mark Kerins, Professor at Southern Methodist University, Filmmaker and author of Beyond Dolby (Stereo) Cinema in the Digital Sound Age.

  • Samuel Larson Guerra, Mexican sound designer, composer and teacher. Author of Thinking About Sound: An Introduction to Film Sound Theory and Practice.

  • Christopher Newman, Three time Academy Award winner for Amadeus, The Exorcist, The English Patient, production sound mixer on such films as The Godfather, All That Jazz, The French Connection, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

  • David Sonnenscheim, Author of Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema.

  • Bill Whittington, Professor at USC, author of Sound Design and Science Fiction.

+ - Partners & Sponsors

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


CILECT North America (CNA)

University Film and Video Association (UFVA)

Cinema Audio Society

Motion Picture Editors (MPSE)
Mix Magazine


DELL Technologies

AVID / Key Code Media

Dolby Laboratories

Crestron Electronics


Pro Sound Effects

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Marissa Maynor (mmaynor@chapman.edu).

+ - 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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