Production Sound Mixing and Recording for Narrative Film & TV, Commercial and Documentary works.

 

the lowdown on High Ground SOund

MICHAEL DAVID JOHNSON
OWNER/OPERATOR
LOCATION AUDIO ENGINEER
POST-PRODUCTION AUDIO EDITING MIXING & DESIGN

 

IA 695 Industry Roster, Y-1 Mixer
Bachelor of Arts, Broadcast Communications, San Francisco State University, 2010
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Michael was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. From a young age, he had aspirations of working within the creative, interested in acting and directing and constantly geeking out on special features of films. As a teen, he pursued choral, drama and video production programs, wrote for local editorials and wrote and sang in rock bands.

College was a self-funded endeavor working a full-time day job through community college (Diablo Valley and Los Medanos) and transferring to the Broadcast Electronics Communication Arts (BECA) program at San Francisco State University learning beneath audio professors John Barsotti and Jeff Jacoby.

At SF State, Michael received awards in both in mixing and sound design for projects, produced a weekly radio show, co-produced events and live shows, and was Vice President of the College Student in Broadcasting, an organization that worked with Department heads and networked with alumni broadcast and film professionals in efforts to put on larger department productions and host weekly meetings.

In 2010, post-college graduation, Michael took some time to travel (SE Asia & Europe) and delved deeper into developing artistic passions and self-discovery. For the next 4 1/2 years, he played and co-managed two music projects and worked in music recording studios and live venues. Simultaneously, he took freelance work in all fields production related including stage management, artist relations, set/stage design, art construction and in various tech crew positions.

Sound mixing and field recording skills were continuously honed working with the Academy of Art, local music acts, independent TV/film producers and on shows such as IGN’s Next Game Boss and Radiant Atmospheres: A Documentary.

In January 2015, Michael felt it was time to take his skills and passion of sound to the big screens of Los Angeles. With a small chunk of change, virtually no connections and a drive for success, he left all his friends and family, moved to Southern California and took an immediate leap into a life of full-time freelancing into Production Sound Mixing and Recording. And he has been happily doing it ever since…


CREDITED RELEASES
     
Past Works For Companies Including…


Direc
tors…
Harry Lennix (“The Blacklist” & “Man of Steel” [Actor])
Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan” [Choregrapher/Actor])
Mary Lou Belli (“NCIS,” “Monk,” & “The Game”)
Jeff Celentano (“Breaking Point” & “Say It In Russian”)
Sam French (“Buzkashi Boys” [2013 Oscar Nominated Short])
Jessica Oyelowo (“A United Kingdom” & “Sleepy Hollow” [Actress])
Ron Thornton (“The Crazies,” “Babylon 5,” & “Spaceballs” [SFX])
Jon Schnepp (“The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?”)
John Medlen (“Supergirl” & “The Man in the High Castle”)
Colin M Day (“Saving Banksy”)
  
Talent…
Bryan Singer
Jaime Camil
Thomas Gibson
Cody Walker
Jimmy Kimmel
Laura Dern
Pauly Shore
George Wendt
Nas
DJ Khalil
Keshia Knight-Pulliam
Nick Jonas
Cody Simpson
Marcus Houston
Demi Lovato
Fifth Harmony
David “Big Papi” Ortiz
Lou Ferrigno
Shondrella Avery
Karauche Tran
Everlast
Anderson Paak
Boosie Badazz
Omar Gooding
Jon Gries
Mark Rolston
Rey Gallegos
Vernon Wells
Graham Greene
Ellen Greer
Dominique Swain
Joseph Sicari