Wade Wilson

Wade Wilson teaches Sound Design in the School of Design & Production, after having taught for 11 years in the School of Filmmaking. In his classes, he employs real world, time-tested techniques and processes that he has developed over his career as a professional motion picture sound designer. 

Wilson delivers his classes through one-hour lectures that are connected to hands-on practical two-hour labs. This schedule allows his students to rapidly connect to a practical application with the weekly lecture material, which Wilson believes accelerates the learning process.

I ask my students to see themselves as sound designers; as sound designers to see themselves as storytellers; as storytellers to see themselves as artists; and as artists to see themselves as offering something profound and meaningful to the world.

Wade Wilson

Career Highlights

  • Worked on "The Perfect Storm," "Shrek," "Elf," "Madagascar," "Futurama" and "The Hunger Games"
  • "Abundant Acreage Available" won Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award, 2020
  • Five Golden Reel Award nominations
  • Featured in articles for Mix Magazine, Surround Professional, Audio Technology, Harmon Pro and many others notable industry publications
  • Expert perspective for textbooks, such as "Focal Press' Designing Sound for Animation," by Robin Beauchamp


  • Motion Picture Editors Guild
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors
  • Screen Actors Guild
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Piedmont Triad Film Commission


A.A. Liberal ArtsWest Lost Angeles College