Dave Nelson’s career spans over twenty years in the film, sound and recording industry. His work involves an interesting mix of documentaries, features, shorts as well as albums (some of which have been nominated for Academy, Emmy and Grammy Awards).
In 1985, Dave and Producer, Leo Marcel, moved from Portland, Oregon and founded Poolside Studios.
Then in 1990, Dave and Josh Rosen from OSC installed the very first version of Pro-Tools and the Euphonix Crescendo Console Serial 001, at a time when the worldwide trend of Digital Audio for film and music was just beginning.
Working with sound pioneers Donny Blank and Doug Murray, Dave gained experience in dialogue and music editing and developed an improvisational and technical sound design style.
At Poolside, he developed a reputation as a fun and professional engineer and worked on projects such as Alexander Cassini’s “Star Time”, Haskell Wexler’s “Bus Rider’s Union”, Jon Jost’s “The Bed you sleep in” and “Frameup” and Mike B. Anderson’s “Kamillions”. At the same time, Dave and Latin Jazz Producer, Greg Landau recorded a string of Cuban and World Beat CD’s, two of which, with Patato Valdez, were nominated for Grammy Awards. Club Foot Orchestra and Steven Kent also were also part of Poolside’s special moment in San Francisco’s history.
In 1996, Dave went on to found Outpost Film Center with Josh Rosen, Joe Bini and Eric Holland. Under this new brand, Dave and Josh worked on many projects including, “When Abortion was Illegal: Untold Stories” by Dorothy Fadiman, “Little Dieter Needs to Fly” and “My Best Fiend” by Werner Herzog and “Cherish” and “Dream with the Fishes” by Finn Taylor. Outpost Film Center became the staple for many other Bay Area filmmakers, such as Tiffany Shlain, many of whom still work with Dave today.
Later, Outpost Film Center became Outpost Studios, Inc. and is now located at 69 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94111.
At this amazing waterfront location, Dave, Supervising Dialogue Editor Miik Dinko, and ADR master Jim Lively continue to use the most current technical innovation tools to track Foley and ADR, dialogue edit, and mix and create sound design for films, video games and television and web-series. For example, Nvidia has been Dolby-mixing and sound-designing products highlighting their amazing video chip technology and the studio has tracked in-game and cinematic Foley for Sony’s video game “inFAMOUS: Second Son”.
Dave recently mixed and created sound design for “True Conviction”, a documentary feature by Jamie Meltzer, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Oak Cliff Film Festival and the Special Mention prize at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. “Unleashed” by Finn Taylor is another recent project along with Ben Rekhi’s “The Ashram”.
Relying on Dave’s expertise, knowledge and reputation, Outpost Studios has become the premiere audio post-production facility in the San Francisco Bay Area.
To view Dave’s IMDb credits, click here!