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Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

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.

+ - Register and Plan

Registration will open on January 10, 2018. Please check back then. 

Early Registration Deadline: March 1

Early Registration Fee: $300 general \ $85 student

Late Registration Deadline: March 14

Late Registration Fee: $350 general \ $135 student

+ - 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.

+ - Accommodations

There are multiple hotels in close proximity to Chapman University, including: 

The ALO Hotel - 2.2 miles

Ayres Hotel - 2.3 miles

Double Tree by Hilton - 2.3 miles

Best Western Plus Meridian Inn & Suites - 3 miles

+ - 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.

+ - 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)

+ - Sponsors

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

Educational Partners:

CILECT North America (CNA)

The University Film and Video Association (UFVA)

The Motion Picture Editors (MPSE)
Mix Magazine

Event Sponsors:



Cinema Audio Society

+ - 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 http://www.cilect.org/.

Save the Date

Conference registration opens January 10, 2018.

Contact Us

Customer service can be reached using the options below. Please note: Chapman business hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST.

(714) 997-6765