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Jay Gallagher

Faculty: Editing and Sound (2010)

Supervising sound editor, recording engineer and facility designer.  Feature film credits include TRAFFIC, OCEANS 11, MONSTERS INC and BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.  TV credits include THE BIG EASY, RYAN CAULFIELD and THE SIMPSONS. An electrical engineering background, which began at Louisiana State University, has given Mr. Gallagher a technical perspective regarding audio. He has also worked in acoustic design, as well as other technical aspects of sound. Mr. Gallagher designed and operated a recording studio in New Orleans for more than 20 years, where he garnered five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award and multiple gold records.  He also designed and operated two film sound post facilities. Member of the Audio Engineering Society and National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. A Certified Level-One THX technician.

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Julian Semilian
Julian Semilian Faculty: Editing and Sound (1998)
Julian Semilian began his Hollywood career in 1975.  There he edited 16 feature films and movies-of-the-week.  His personal enthusiasm for avant-garde and experimental filmmaking is expressed in two recently completed films: DEVOTEES OF THE PRECIPITATE (Abstracta International Film Festival, Rome, Italy 2010) and TEAR VOID INSOMNIA MIST (opening feature, International Xperimental Film & Animation Festival, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2007).  As a 2008 recipient of the Kenan Institute for the Arts' BREATHE Grant, Mr. Semilian met with three filmmaker-artists who have provided him with continuing inspiration: Brothers Quay and Jan Svankmajer.

Mr. Semilian's poems, translations, and essays have appeared in such literary journals as Arshile, Exquisite Corpse, Suitcase, Word Letter, Callaloo, Syllogism, Talisman and Cinema Editor.  His published poetry and novels include “Transgender Organ Grinder,” “A Spy in Amnesia,” and “Osiris with a Trombone Across the Seam of Insubstance.”  His translations of Romanian poetry and literature include “Romanian Poems of Paul Celan,” “Mircea Cartarescu's ‘Nostalgia,’” and “Gherasim Luca's ‘The Inventor of Love and Other Writings.’”

Julian Semilian brings his unique, trans-disciplinary perspectives to the classroom, where future editors can experience a forum encouraging exploration, creativity, and attention to detail and tonality.


Nola Schiff
Nola Schiff

Faculty: Editing & Sound (2006)
Faculty: Editing and Sound (2006) B.S., SUNY; M.F.A., Vermont College.  Member of IATSE Local 700.  Trained as an assistant film editor with BBC TV London, U.K.  Sound researcher/editor on THE WORLD AT WAR series (International Emmy & George Polk Award).  Traveled widely as a free-lance editor for the European Broadcasting Union: Japan, Nicaragua, Haiti, Rio, Hong Kong for the “Handover” and South Africa for its first and second democratic elections. Selected credits: ROUTE 66 (Finland TV); POLIO WATER (IFC/Bravo Award) (NY Film Festival ’95); NUMBER ONE (DGA Award) (British Short Film Festival ’98); FALL BEFORE PARADISE (Best Film--Stamford Film Festival 2004); EVERYTHING GOOD (Fort Worth International Film Festival--Best Dramatic Short); BIG STORM (40-minute documentary with Lindy England, Gen. Karpinski and Seymour Hersch for NOS TV ’05); TRUTHS & TRANSFORMATIONS (independent feature documentary ’06); JESUS, MARIA (independent short currently in post-production ’08-’09).

Wade Wilson

Assistant Dean (2010), Faculty: Editing and Sound (2008)
Wade Wilson is a world-class motion picture sound designer. He began his professional entertainment career in 1988 as an actor on an NBC movie of the week. He did several other projects as an actor, but in 1991 Wade focused his efforts on his musical talents and began doing session work as a drummer for a well-known Los Angeles music producer. He worked for the likes of Dave Navarro, NIN, Warrant, Dr. Dre, and others. In 1997 he made a transition into sound for film and began editing sound effects for THE SIMPSONS. Wade migrated from television into the feature film realm in 1999 as a SFX Designer. His first feature film assignment was, THE PERFECT STORM, and his design work earned an Academy Award nomination for best sound. He has gone on to design sound for 40 films, including, SHREK, MADAGASCAR, ELF, MYSTIC RIVER, SHARK TALE, THE HUNGER GAMES, and many others. He has six Golden Reel awards for his creative sound work. Wade has been written up in more than two-dozen feature articles for magazines such as, MIX, AUDIO TECHNOLOGY, SURROUND PROFESSIONAL, HARMON PRO, and others. Wade has made NC his home base since 2008, has served on the film commission since 2010, and is thrilled to be a facilitator of film industry growth in NC.

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Ron Roose

Faculty: Editing and Sound (2008)
Ron Roose has worked in the film industry for over forty years Ė primarily as a feature film editor and more recently as a screenwriter.

He has guest lectured on editing and screenwriting at the University of Southern California and at Clark University. This is his fifth year at UNCSA.

He first learned film editing in New York City under the tutelage of Dede Allen, one of historyís most honored editors. Ronís feature credits include THE WANDERERS, HOFFA, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER, STAR TREK VI and THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP. He was also the editor on more than seventeen other theatrical and television releases and received a Golden Reel for his sound work on the THE WIZ.

His writing credits include COLLATERAL DAMAGE, released by Warner Brothers., SPOILS, and a novel, GALLIVANT, published by the Dial Press.

In the realm of film where Ron makes his educational home, itís not just how to cut from the master into the coverage on Premiere Pro or Avid thatís essential to the rhythm and drama of a story. The mechanics are but the road to a greater end.

Itís what sticks in the heart that matters.

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