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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.

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.

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.