Michael Farnan

Michael Farnan

Desiderata Media, Inc.

Sound designer, sound editor and sound mixer in Los Angeles, California

About Michael

Michael is a re-recording sound mixer, sound editor and sound designer with extensive experience in sound for film, television, and commercials.

Michael graduated with a B.A. in Film & Television Production from University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in 1997. Over the years he worked on all areas of post-production sound including sound editing, ADR and foley recording, and re-recording mixing. He has mixed and edited over fifty feature films, hundreds of television shows, and thousands of commercials. He maintains an up-to-date knowledge of the latest in technology, including Avid Pro Tools.

Name: Michael Farnan

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Company: Desiderata Media, Inc.

Occupation: Sound Designer, Sound Editor and Sound Mixer


  • I'm Not Jesus Mommy

    I'm Not Jesus Mommy (2010)
    Film (Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Sound department Kimberly would stop at nothing to have a child of her own. After recovering from cancer her possibilities seemed slim. However, the world's first successful human cloning project brings an unthinkable solution and a son named David. Seven years after David's birth, wars, famine and natural disasters of every kinds have plagued the Earth. As Kimberly struggles to survive her biggest challenge is raising her son. Strange occurrences surrounding the young boy are only becoming worse and more mysterious. Roger, the head researcher of the cloning project returns to reveal that David was cloned from DNA taken from the Shroud of Turin...from blood of Christ. Has cloning made it possible to bring Christ back? Is David the Second Coming of Christ or something else? Written by Anonymous

  • Next Stop Murder

    Next Stop Murder (2010)
    TV Movie (Drama, Horror and Thriller) Sound department Two women with completely different backgrounds meet by chance while taking the bus. As they reveal their family problems to each other, Molly begins to fear Sophie when she proposes that she is willing to kill the ex-wife of Molly's husband if Molly will kill her father. Sophie's psychosis escalates to murder, but is Sophie just mentally ill or is there a motive behind her madness? Written by Anonymous

  • Lure

    Lure (2010)
    Video (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Sound department A community is under siege as three Belmont Highschool coed students go missing with no trace of their whereabouts. The pressure is on the police to capture the culprits responsible. Scouring the school hallways in search of clues, undercover female detective Maggie Rawdon (Jessica Sonnerborn) enters Belmont High as a transfer student in an attempt to solve the hideous disappearance of the students. Maggie makes a few new friends, and gets invited to a private rave in the country. Just as the group begins to suspect that they've taken a wrong turn, however, the trap is sprung and Maggie finds out firsthand what fate has befallen the missing girls. Written by Artemis-9

  • Nowhere to Hide

    Nowhere to Hide (2009)
    Film (Horror and Thriller) Sound department A woman after her husband's death is called by someone who has gained access to her phone, car, everything electronic. He tells her that he has her daughter. And if she wants to see her again, she has to do what he says. And what he wants her to do is bring a man who is in witness protection to him. And she can't call anyone cause he has her under constant surveillance. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

  • Wake

    Wake (2009)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Sound department When things get tough for offbeat Carys Reitman, she does what any emotionally isolated, modern girl would do - she goes to strangers' funerals. At one fateful funeral, she unexpectedly meets Tyler, a man mourning his fiancée. Despite the warnings of her undertaker best friend Shane and her roommate Lila, she finds herself connecting to someone for the first time. Searching for answers, Carys goes to see her estranged mother to confront her past. And as she tries to open herself to the risks of love with Tyler, she realizes she may have more to fear than just a broken heart. Written by BME

  • Égalité for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution

    Égalité for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution (2009)
    TV Movie Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling

    Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling (2009)
    Video (Adventure and Comedy) Sound department Zach and Ben have been best buddies since they were in grade school. They were those "two guys" that we all know, opposites, but still the same kid. Their friendship continued through High School. Zach continually got them in trouble due to his carefree existence, and Ben was oblivious to everything as he became smitten by the girl of his dreams. Just as Ben got the nerve to pursue her, she moved out of the neighborhood, leaving Ben devastated for many years to come. Twelve years later, Ben & Zach, now in their mid-20's, still close friends, but have drifted apart due to making different choices in life. Ben is overworked and doesn't spend time doing the things he loves. He buries himself day and night in his work at a law firm. The only thing outside of work Ben has focused on is his life-long crush on the girl he met years ago in high school. Zach, an easy-going guy who enjoys everything he does, happily spends his days taking care of the elderly at a nursing home. Zach's only ... Written by Paramount Home Entertainment

  • Like Dandelion Dust

    Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
    Film (Drama) Sound department A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of the struggling, blue-collar Porters, and the privileged Campbell family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film bravely exposes the humanity in each character reminding us that we each have the potential to be the best and worst versions of ourselves at any time. Written by Karen Kingsbury

  • The World's Funniest Moments

    The World's Funniest Moments (2008 - 2009)
    Television (Reality-TV) Sound department Where the Internet meets Television. The greatest viral videos including bloopers and hilarious amateur productions are seen for the first time on broadcast television.

  • House

    House (2008)
    Film (Drama, Horror and Thriller) Sound department In rural Alabama, two couples find themselves in a fight for survival. Running from a maniac (The Tin Man) bent on killing them, they flee deep into the woods and seek refuge in a house. They soon realize the killer has purposely lured them to this house and that they are now trapped. As they huddle around an old fireplace, a tin can falls through the chimney. Scrawled on its side is a message from the killer, establishing his House Rules. The rules call for their deaths unless they kill at least one of the four. They have less than 12 hours to find a way to survive. At sunrise the game is over and everyone dies if the killer's demands aren't met. What they quickly learn is that the only way out... is in. But going further into this house--where unknown challenges await them--is equally deadly. Written by Anonymous

  • The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior

    The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior (2008)
    Video (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Sound department In Ancient Akkad, Mathayus grows up as the proud son of Ashur, a captain in the world-renowned military corps of Black Scorpions, first-rate bodyguards, most of which are sent to courts wide away. By objecting to young Mathayus joining the corps, Ashur incurs the undying enmity of ruthless generalissimo Sargon, gets killed and the orphaned knave is shipped off to a desolate training camp for six years by king Hammurabi's clemency. When he returns as a Black Scorpio, Sargon has bloodily seized the throne and demands cruel proof of blind loyalty. Mathayus refuses, becoming a chased hero. With youth friends, the resourceful Greek Pollux and various mercenary warriors, he embarks on a daring quest to obtain a legendary sword from Sargon's magical ally, the war-goddess Astarte. Written by KGF Vissers

  • Vincent & Lucian

    Vincent & Lucian (2008)
    Film (Short, Drama and Fantasy) Composer Vincent & Lucian is a tale about becoming your highest creative self. In the Faustian tradition, Vincent meets an enigmatic and highly expressive character named Lucian. They have a meeting of the minds in which a deal is offered. If Vincent enters into this agreement, he is promised to be one of the truly enlightened artists of his time. The offer also includes being praised by the public and his peers, honored by women and financially rewarded for his work. It seems good enough, although things aren't always what they seem, especially in this tale. Written by Anonymous

  • Beethoven's Big Break

    Beethoven's Big Break (2008)
    Video (Comedy and Family) Sound department Eddie, a struggling animal trainer and single dad suddenly finds himself the personal wrangler for a large and lovable St. Bernard whose fabulous movie "audition" catapults the dog to stardom. However, a trio of unscrupulous ne'er-do-wells have plans to kidnap the famous dog and hold him for ransom. Written by cj

  • Cop Dog

    Cop Dog (2008)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family and 1 More) Sound department A heart felt tale about a boy and his dog who set out to solve the death of the young boy's father.

  • Bad Girl Island

    Bad Girl Island (2007)
    Film (Mystery and Sci-Fi) Sound department A sexy mystery about temptation and primal forces set on a mystical island in the Bermuda triangle.

  • Alice Upside Down

    Alice Upside Down (2007)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy, Drama and Family) Sound department Still mourning the death of her mother a few years back, ALICE McKINLEY finds her life seriously disrupted when her father BEN buys a store and moves her and her older brother LESTER to a new town. In the painful throes of adolescence, Alice has a rough time adjusting to her new school, especially after she gets the stern MRS. PLOTKIN as her core teacher. Feeling shy and isolated, Alice frequently escapes into a vivid fantasy life that occasionally gets her into hot water. But with a little unexpected help from Mrs. Plotkin, Alice learns not to judge by appearances or jump to conclusions. More importantly, she confronts her father over his inability to accept their loss and move on into the future... Written by breakdown

  • Kiss the Bride

    Kiss the Bride (2007)
    Film (Comedy and Romance) Sound department In high school, Matt and Ryan were best friends. More than friends, actually. But in the ensuing ten years, they've lost contact. So when Matt receives an invitation to Ryan's wedding he's surprised - especially that Ryan is marrying a woman! Matt interrupts his ideal alternative lifestyle to return to his hometown. He plans to rescue his former love from whatever "she-devil" has trapped him into this huge mistake. On the other hand, Ryan's perky fiancé Alex takes quite the liking to Matt. Is she very cunning, disarmingly ditsy, completely adorable - or all three? As Matt tries to rekindle the old flame, Ryan is intent on putting out any sparks. Ryan dismisses their old romance as just a high school thing, but Matt realizes Ryan may still be the love of his life. All the while, Matt must deal with "his new best friend" Alex, the two families, and a hometown he thought he'd left entirely in the past. As the wedding day fast approaches (like a meteor hurtling toward ground zero), old ... Written by Ty Lieberman/C. Jay Cox

  • I'm Through with White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks)

    I'm Through with White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks) (2007)
    Film (Comedy and Romance) Sound department Jay Brooks is that black guy who digs indie rock, graphic novels, and dates white chicks. After a slew of bad break-ups, Jay gives up white women, "cold turkey," and he goes on a mission: "Operation Brown Sugar". But because Jay doesn't fit the "brotha" stereotype, he fails miserably with the "sistahs." Then he meets the dynamic Catherine, a misunderstood "Half-rican Canadian", who's as righteously quirky as he is. To win her heart, Jay must confront his fears as he realizes commitment is a bigger issue than race. Written by Anonymous

  • American Heiress

    American Heiress (2007)
    Television (Adventure, Drama and Romance) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Saints & Sinners

    Saints & Sinners (2007)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Romance) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Watch Over Me

    Watch Over Me (2006 - 2007)
    Television (Drama) Sound department Julia Rivera is a beautiful psychology student engaged to be married to Michael Krieger, a wealthy but ruthless man, who loves Julia despite his philandering nature. Unbeknownst to Julia, Michael's business enterprise is involved in nefarious activities. Because of this, Michael hires a bodyguard named Jack Porter, an ex-Special Forces soldier, to protect himself and his one true love, while Julia has no idea that the very person she must ultimately be shielded from is her own fiancée. Jack tries not to let his growing feelings for Julia cloud his judgment on the job, but he is torn between duty and desire. As the lovers struggle with their feelings for each other, they begin to uncover the web of deceit and murder that Michael has woven around their lives. Other characters involved is Andre, Michael's "business associate" and personal assassin with some dark secrets of his own. Leandra Thames is Michael's loyal, but deadly, personal assistant also willing to commit murder to protect ... Written by Anonymous

  • Wicked Wicked Games

    Wicked Wicked Games (2006 - 2007)
    Television (Drama) Sound department Blythe Hunter is a beautiful and sophisticated real estate magnate who was left heartbroken and shattered when her lover, Theodore Crawford, left her for Anna Whitman; a woman with more wealth and prestige in order to advance his own career. 25 years later, Blythe is still hell-bent on destroying the life of the man she once loved. Theodore is the charming and distinguished owner of The Tides, a popular horse racetrack and gambling casino in San Diego which he took over from Anna's family after her death. He is the proud father of two beautiful daughters: the prim-and-proper Emma Crawford, and the younger but more headstrong Brooke Crawford. He also is currently dating their former nanny Hope Lorca. Blythe uses her handsome, twin sons as pawns in her treacherous plans; Aaron Spencer is a fellow real estate agent who, desperate to win over his mother's approval, eagerly joins her in the plans to destroy Theodore's family. Blythe's other son is Josh Spencer, a caring and sympathetic ... Written by Matt Patay

  • Catering Impossible: M:i:III

    Catering Impossible: M:i:III (2006)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Sound department The adventure of Frank Woodward and his For Stars Catering team on location for the film "Mission Impossible 3" and how they pull off Thanksgiving for the crew in China during a bird flu.

  • Here Comedy Presents Kate Clinton

    Here Comedy Presents Kate Clinton (2005)
    TV Movie (Comedy) Sound department No topic is too taboo to conquer in this stand-up performance from legendary comedienne Kate Clinton who offers her riotous take on feminism, lesbianism, and life.

  • Here! Backlot

    Here! Backlot (2005)
    Television (Documentary) Sound department Join here! as they take you behind-the-scenes on their original movies. First season includes specials on Straight Jacket, Callas Forever, Deadly Skies, Dante's Cove and Tides of War.

  • Margaret Cho: Assassin

    Margaret Cho: Assassin (2005)
    Film (Documentary, Comedy and War) Sound department Margaret Cho returns to the concert stage with a "killer" one-woman show that has taken audiences by storm. Filmed live at the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C., Assassin features a fresh dose of Margaret?s ground-breaking and controversial brand of humor. Written by Anonymous

  • Birch & Co.

    Birch & Co. (2005)
    Television (Talk-Show) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Next Stop: New You

    Next Stop: New You (2005)
    Television (Documentary) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Why Don't You Dance?

    Why Don't You Dance? (2005)
    Film (Short and Drama) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Window Theory

    Window Theory (2005)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Sound department In Los Angeles, the twenty-five years old reckless wolf playboy Ethan Humphries lives in night-clubs scoring women supported by his parents, without working or studying. When his high-school friend Bradley accidentally tells him that his former best friend Jeff will get married in a couple of days, Ethan immediately travels to his hometown. He meets Brad, who is studying in the medical school, and the shy Sean, who is studying psychology, and recalls his glorious high school days, but his friends do not tell the name of the bride to him. While meeting Jeff in a bar in the night, Ethan finds that his fiancée is his former high-school sweetheart Stephanie. After meeting Stephanie, Ethan questions whether he is still in love with she, or only recalling a passion from his past. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Strange Fruit

    Strange Fruit (2004)
    Film (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Sound department William Boyals, a successful, black, gay attorney in New York, is drawn back to the small, rural Louisiana town he long ago escaped from to investigate the lynching of a black gay childhood friend.

  • Kick Off Your Shoes Across America

    Kick Off Your Shoes Across America (2004)
    Television Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Savvy

    Savvy (2004)
    Television (Documentary) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • I Am Stamos

    I Am Stamos (2004)
    Film (Comedy and Short) Sound department A dark comedy about a character actor whose wish to be a leading man comes true when he magically begins to photograph as John Stamos, provoking the unholy wrath of Stamos.

  • This Song's for You

    This Song's for You (2003)
    Television (Reality-TV) Sound department Join VH1 as they document famous music artists as the write songs for and serenade regular folks around the country.

  • Quattro Noza

    Quattro Noza (2003)
    Film (Action and Drama) Sound department A romance blooms between Quattro (Beaumont) and Noza (Hernandez), two kids caught up in the illegal street car racing scene of Southern California.

  • Jews of Cuba

    Jews of Cuba (2002)
    Film (Short, Action and Drama) Sound department Jews of Cuba is the story of a traditional crime family who's patriarch, Hector, was born in Cuba before it became the land of Castro. Andy and Henry are put in a tight spot after Hector's money goes missing and his crew begins to get a little too friendly with his daughter. Henry finds himself in a pair of cement shoes and Andy at a crossroads: loyalty to his best friend or murder to bury his secrets? Written by Anonymous

  • Bleach

    Bleach (2002)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Short) Sound department Fulton learns from his old friend Zach, the true power of household cleaning products.

  • Hung Up on Elena

    Hung Up on Elena (2002)
    Film Sound department Add a Plot »

  • The Confederate Flag Still Flies in the South

    The Confederate Flag Still Flies in the South (2002)
    Film (Documentary, History and War) Sound department An estimated 20,000 Confederates emigrated to Brazil right after the Civil War. It was the biggest political exodus in U.S. history. In a strange new land the Confederates built their last colony and held their stand where their descendants, speaking Portuguese, remain to this day. The story of this expatriate enclave has been documented by the award-winner Carlos Tavares, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who resides in California. He encompassed a history lesson with a foreign perspective on a major chapter in American history. "To me, the story is about freedom. Here we have people of mixed races, flying their distinct flags freely and participating in the same event. A salute to the voices of their Confederate ancestors. A lesson for all of us", says the director Carlos Tavares. Written by Mauro Blanco

  • Ronnie

    Ronnie (2002)
    Film (Thriller) Sound department Ronnie Schwann, a young man regarded as "slow," has affections for Sarah, a young woman who stays at Hope House, a facility for the mentally ill. Though Ronnie works at Hope House he doesn't follow procedure when he finds Sarah wandering outside the confines. He secrets her away, planning a seduction. His plans go awry, however, when his older brother, Keith, returns from prison. Written by Anonymous

  • Endurance

    Endurance (2002)
    Television (Family and Reality-TV) Sound department The successful spin-off series of the ill-fated "Moolah Beach" would still focus on the teams living on the beach on which it does. But unlike "Moolah," groups of eight are about to collect Pyramid Pieces just before sending one team to the "Temple of Fate." Eight colored teams (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown and gray), each one consisting of a boy and a girl compete to win an exotic vacation by winning physical challenges and to be the first team to collect all 10 "Pyramid Pieces," in this teenage "Survivor" show. Winning these pieces involves two separate missions, the first challenge is an "Endurance Mission," and the winning team of that challenge will earn a Pyramid Piece, including the "Samahdi," which will handicap an team of their choice in the following challenge, which is the "Temple Mission." The missions are very important to win because the winners have the privilege of picking any two teams to be sent to the "Temple of Fate," where each team will compete... Written by Gary Richard Collins II (hugsarealwaysinorder@yahoo.com)

  • Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau

    Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau (2001)
    TV Movie (Documentary and Biography) Sound department Walter Matthau's co-stars, friends and family share stories and behind-the-scenes insights into what he was like off-camera. Matthau's passion for classical music, horse-racing, gambling and sports are explored. The documentary is full of film clips and photographs of Matthau's personal life and career as well as interviews with friends, family and colleagues. Co-stars Dyan Cannon, Brent Spiner, Kevin Pollak, Mason Gamble, Piper Laurie and Richard Benjamin are interviewed. Longtime pal Jack Lemmon looks back on their four decades of friendship and creative collaborations. Conductor Zubin Mehta and classical music host Tom Dixon talk about Matthau's surprisingly in-depth knowledge of Mozart. Writer Neil Simon and actor Richard Benjamin recall what it was like to see Matthau's meteoric rise on Broadway and his famously riveting live performances as "Oscar Madison" in The Odd Couple. Matthau's son Charlie shares a look at Walter's surprising personal life - including his refined taste in... Written by Lana Morgan

  • Some Body

    Some Body (2001)
    Film (Drama) Sound department Samantha is a schoolteacher lost in the netherworld of her late 20's - no longer young but not yet middle aged. She leaves her long-time boyfriend, who she's been living with in a "brother and sister" relationship for quite some time. Wanting change and searching for an elusive happiness, Samantha strikes out on her own. But she quickly finds the regeneration she seeks can be far from romantic. From the classrooms filled with smiling children, to the crowded bars of Los Angeles, Samantha goes looking for life; its fun, its love, its passion, and its meaning. This is a film about what she found. Written by Lot 47 Films

  • Sham

    Sham (2000)
    Film (Crime and Drama) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Prank

    Prank (2000)
    Film (Comedy) Sound department It was just supposed to be a harmless prank: Steal the Olympic Torch from local sports celebrity, Sue Sue Robinson, before she is able to make the relay. Then Eddie and Matt, a. k. a. Johnny Murder, can hold it for ransom under the coverage of the entire world's media. A sure shot at instant fame. Only one problem - Mrs. Robinson won't let go, and Eddie and Matt end up with a hostage in one of the worst comical foul-ups ever. Written by Anonymous

  • Loveblind

    Loveblind (2000)
    Film (Drama and Romance) Sound department A beautiful mysterious woman enters the life of a sexy photographer, her friend and friend's boyfriend. They spend a couple of days together in a huge beach house and their inhibitions fade.

  • Royal Standard

    Royal Standard (1999)
    TV Movie Sound department Add a Plot »

  • The Lonelys

    The Lonelys (1999)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Sound department When a resident of a group home for the mentally ill decides to travel to San Diego, two other residents decide to tag along.

  • Web of Seduction

    Web of Seduction (1999)
    Film (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Sound department In this erotic tale of suspense, seduction, and murder, a cleaning woman finds herself working for two wives who are wealthy, idle, and ignored by their husbands. The maid persuades the two woman to kill each other's spouses and live happily ever after off the proceeds of their hubbies' valuable art collections. However, the plan does not go as expected, and the conspirators find that their own lives are in danger. Written by lament

  • Winding Roads

    Winding Roads (1999)
    Film (Drama) Sound department Three women encounter the toughest time of their lives.

  • Into the Wild Blue

    Into the Wild Blue (1999)
    TV Movie Sound department Add a Plot »

  • The Fair

    The Fair (1999)
    Film (Drama) Sound department The story of a young woman, who in the process of going after her dream of singing, is led to change her relationship with her father through the wisdom of her quirky, elderly roommate.


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