Sound on film
"Sea Theme: M. R. Weinstein, J. C. Couffer and Conrad Hall have collaborated in the production of a thematic and quite pictorial account of a young couple with a sailboat at sea. The variety of moods are enhanced by the carefully chosen musical score, which has been combined with the film. The picture begins by showing the youth and girl loafing in the sun on the ship's deck. A breeze springs up and they go into action setting sails and the wheel for a cruise in the bay. The camera follows the craft, both in long shot and intimate medium on-deck shots as it churns through the water, runs into a calm, then again bends to the breeze and returns to port at dusk. Consistency of photographic quality is a highlight and the sound recording is quite professional. The picture was filmed with a Bolex H-16 camera and a variety of four lenses." American Cinematographer, May 1951, 190.
The three filmmakers were students at USC when they produced Sea Theme. After selling the film to a television station, they formed the production company Canyon Films.
Discussed briefly in "ASC Close-Up - Jack Couffer" via the American Society of Cinematographers, online (Jan. 2011).
This film is held by the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive.
Student Films, USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive