Workshops: UFVA

UFVAHere is brief update on some of my recent workshops and seminars. We have just successfully completed the UFVA Conference, held at Chapman University (Orange CA). On Saturday, Aug 17th, I will be presenting on a panel being held as part of the Holly Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood CA. I am co-presenting with Woody Woodhall CAS on the topic of audio for cinema. Woody is covering the post production side of things, and I will be discussing location sound recording.

The University Film and Video Association ( consists of professors (generically speaking, those who teach college) who instruct film & video production, and new media at colleges and universities all across the US and Canada. Once a year, the membership gathers during the summer for a week to discuss the craft of teaching, as well as to present academic or technical panels & workshops, and to screen/review each others films (the academic equivalent of publish or perish).

The Conference is hosted by different colleges each year so as to provide a variety of destinations and not only favor one geographical region. For 2013, the Conference is being held in Orange CA at Chapman University.

I am fortunate in that I have been teaching as an Adjunct at Chapman now for my second year; along with being an Adjunct Professor at California State University Northridge (for over 15 years).

I presented a workshop on Production Sound: The Multitrack Workflow on Wed, July 31 at 10:30am. It dealt with explaining what (students) should do when recording two, four, or eight-plus tracks: proper use of live mono or dual-mono composite mixes, plus ISO backups. I  also touched on the hierarchy of mic techniques (boom, plant, lavalier, wireless) and explained the selection & use of shotgun mics.

Later during the conference, I was on Joel Krantz's workshops dealing with DCP, and the Avid to ProTools Workflow. Another audio topic in the conference that I took part in was the Foley workshop (presented by David Bondelevich CAS and Matt Meyer). On Saturday, I was pressed into doing two additional (ad hoc) workshops on sound, a result of popular request from many attendees during the conference. One workshop was on using mixing panels, and the other one dealt with rigging lavalier microphones.

Homeland Security

During May, I had the honor of teaching a workshop on basic audio recording for (overt) video production for law enforcement and homeland security that was held in the Bay Area (San Francisco region). The following day, I participated in a panel to discuss the merits of covert audio surveillance in conjunction with street cams. (Sorry, but I cannot answer any readers' questions related to this seminar, so don't ask.) I only included mention of this event so that the readership knows that I am active in the industry as an Instructor/Consultant.

National Association of Broadcasters

As many of you know, I was forced to cancel my participation in this year's NAB Show on account of a medical ermergency. I was supposed to have spent the week doing workshops and demo's on behalf of Audio Technica US. I was all packed and ready to drive out to Las Vegas, but symptoms similar to a cardiac issue required a visit to the ER the evening before my scheduled departure. Turned out, eventually, to have been a false alarm -- nothing wrong with the heart. But it took a couple days in the hospital and some follow up observation to be sure. (We finally came to the conclusion that the symptoms were caused by side effects from a medication I am on.)  But by the time that I was cleared to travel, the show was mostly over.

I was touched by all of the concerned emails and phone calls that I received from show attendees who were shocked to NOT see me in the Audio Technica booth. Thank You all for your concern and best wishes.

I will be there next year!

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