Dan Olmsted has taught film production at City College for the past 10 years, leading classes in beginning film production, and sound for motion pictures.
He currently teaches Film 24, Film 60 and Film 61.
His professional background revolves around post production sound for film. He was trained at a Berkeley facility, the Saul Zaentz Film Center, which produced sound mixes for many large-scale feature films including such Academy Award winning pictures as Amadeus, The English Patient, The Right Stuff, and others. As a re-recording sound mixer, Olmsted has gained a wide reputation in the local film community and can claim credits on films by John Waters, Joan Chen, David Weisman, and many others.
His latest project was a mix of the film “Kieu” by local filmmaker Thu Ha Vu.
His goal as a teacher is to inspire students with the artistic possibilities of film, while preparing them to find work in the field. He has led seminars at Film Arts Foundation, BAVC, SF State University and Southern Illinois University.
Besides teaching film and audio, and mixing a wide variety of narrative, documentary and experimental films, Olmsted uses his spare time to perform music in several local acts.