Upcoming events

    • 15 Oct 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 20 Oct 2019
    • 11:00 PM
    • San Diego

    6 days showcasing the best of U.S. & International independent film from emerging & veteran filmmakers.

    This is a one of a kind experience to celebrate the art of cinema in San Diego and includes - 100+ Films, over 200 filmmakers, Night Of the Stars Tribute, Hollywood industry panels, filmmaker Q&A's,red carpet galas and parties, Filmmakers Awards, VIP Lounges and much more!


    Use discount code SDMP20 for 20% off SDIFF tickets! 

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Studio West, 11021 Via Frontera Suite A, San Diego, CA, 92127

    Learn Audio Production for  Visual Content

    Your story is solid, the shot list is set, the locations have been secured, the actors are ready, but what about the sound? No matter how compelling your story is, and how perfect your shots are, if the sound is not good, people will not watch.

    Join us on Saturday, October 19 to for our Pro Camp about sound production, from planning and pre-production, to recording location sound, inside and outside, to adding and polishing the sound, and working with a composer for your soundtrack.

    Registration starts at 8:30 am
    The program starts 9 am

    We have a full day planned, so the program will start right at 9!

    Studio West is the site for this Pro Camp, and we will also take part of the session outside, to learn abut dealing with environmental sounds and challenges.

    In the morning session, Director Rich Varville,Sound Engineer James Raub, and Sound Mixer Alexandra Parral will walk us through the planning, setup, and recording of a scene

    In the afternoon, they will discuss post production, adding the sound to the film, sweetening it, and getting it just right. This session will focus on techniques, not tools.

    Composer Keith Methven will spend some time talking about working with a composer to get the right music for your soundtrack.

    David Raines and Christine Gatlin will be performing a scene that Christine wrote for our demo.


    Shotgun mics / Recorders / Wireless Systems / Lavs



    • Types and application of different microphones
    • Types of recording devices: professional and consumer
    • Types of wireless systems and accessories
    • Setting up your audio bag and rig; rigging and handling a boom
    • Equipment maintenance


    • Understanding gain structure and workflow
    • Using meta data and labeling tracks
    • Boom placement and techniques
    • Lav techniques and troubleshooting; dealing with clothes rustling and unwanted sounds; mic'ing etiquette 
    • Hopping audio signal to camera; scratch audio on camera; using time code
    • Capturing on set foley sounds and room tone; sound treatment of various rooms
    • Prepping for a shoot and tagging the script
    • We will take you through step by step as we record a live scene with actors in interior and exterior environments 


    • Importing and syncing audio
    • Labeling and setting up tracks in NLE
    • Cleaning up noisy audio; RX7; using signal processors
    • Sound design and using sound fx
    • Working with a composer
    • Final tips and tricks

    Click here to see the event flyer.

    Our Presenters

    Rich Varville is an accomplished San Diego based filmmaker and recording artist that gained notoriety from his unique style of story-based, cinematic, music films. He also produces narrative, industrial, and documentary films through his company RSVP FILMS. (

    James Raub is a Sound Engineer for RSVP Films.  James began doing sound in 1985 as a front of house mixer for local bands. In 1990, James began working for a sound company that provided equipment and engineers for touring bands. In 2011, James transitioned over to film work and joined RSVP Films as the location sound recordist. James is also an independent contractor.

    Keith Methven is a Berklee College Of Music-trained composer who has been producing music for many years.  Keithhas the breadth to work in many styles, including rock, classical, jazz, R&B, country, and dance. (

    Alexandra Parral  is a sound mixer who has dedicated her career to meaningful independent films, documentaries, and interviews. Alexandra was born in San Diego, raised in Tecate, Mexico, and now lives in Los Angeles. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in Television, FIlm and New Media Production from San Diego State University.  Some of her recent jobs include interviews with Olympic medalists Meb Keflezighi, Willie Banks, NBA star James Worthy and Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk..  

    David Raines is an accomplished, screenwriter, actor, and director whose films have screened at Filmapalooza in Paris, Shakespeare Shorts in England, Cardiff Mini Film Festival in Wales, Dragon-Con in Atlanta, and the Shawna Shey Memorial Film Festival.

    Christine Gatlin is a producer and writer for Kanari Storm Films, as well as an actor, singer, and voice actor. She co-wrote the short film “One Plus One Night Stand,” in partnership with fellow SD Media Pros Board members David Raines and Marianne Bates.

    Meeting Information


    Studio West,
    11021 Via Frontera, Suite A
    San Diego, CA 92127


    Note: All attendees - please remember to check in upon arrival.

    Members: Monthly meetings are included with your membership.
    Non-Members: $15 pre-registered, $20 same-day or at the door.
    Students: Free with student ID and pre-registration

    Lunch is included for everyone who pre-registers! You must pre-register by Friday, October 18 to be included in the lunch order! 

Past events

25 Sep 2019 The State of the Art of Editing
28 Aug 2019 Summer Social
24 Jul 2019 How to Write a Feature Film Screenplay
26 Jun 2019 Everything You Wanted to Know about Film Festivals but Were Afraid to Ask
8 Jun 2019 SDMP at the PGA Produced By Conference
30 May 2019 CINE GEAR Expo 2019
22 May 2019 The Art of Interviewing/The Art of Storytelling
28 Apr 2019 Livestream Edit of Media Pro Camp Footage
27 Apr 2019 Behind-the-Scenes on a Shoot Day - Media Pro Camp
27 Mar 2019 Let’s Talk Business: Copyright, Contracts, and Running A Media Company
27 Feb 2019 Streaming and Building a Profitable YouTube Channel
23 Jan 2019 How to Think Like A Cinematographer
12 Dec 2018 December 2018 - Holiday Merrymaking
17 Nov 2018 Spotlight on Post-Production: Saturday Event
24 Oct 2018 SD Media Pros Annual Showcase
26 Sep 2018 How to Succeed in Film and TV Production w/ Cirina Catania
22 Aug 2018 Summer Social – Blast to the Past
25 Jul 2018 Distribution and Film Festivals: How to Prepare and Make the Most of your Experience
27 Jun 2018 Intellectual Property and Copyright CYA
2 Jun 2018 CINE GEAR Expo
19 May 2018 Spotlight on Cinematography: Saturday Event
25 Apr 2018 The Nuts and Bolts of Social Media
28 Mar 2018 Building a Media-Centric Website
28 Feb 2018 Directing the Actor
24 Jan 2018 January 2018 - Camera Shootout
13 Dec 2017 December 2017 - Holiday Merrymaking
15 Nov 2017 November 2017 - SD Media Pros Annual Showcase
14 Oct 2017 October 2017 - Warner Brothers Studio Tour
27 Sep 2017 September 2017 - Creating a Web Series and Live Streaming
30 Aug 2017 August 2017 - Annual Summer Social
26 Jul 2017 July 2017 - Motion Graphics and using Photoshop in Your Production
28 Jun 2017 June 2017 - Feeling the Frame
24 May 2017 May 24, 2017 - New Technology, NAB Wrap-up and 360VR
8 Apr 2017 April 2017 - Media Pro Camp
29 Mar 2017 March 2017 - Social Media Marketing: Tips and Tricks to Expand Your Reach
22 Feb 2017 February 2017 Meeting - Script Writing on a Deadline
25 Jan 2017 January 2017 Meeting - Rock Your Soundtrack
14 Dec 2016 Holiday Merrymaking 2016


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