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Sept. 9, 2011/PRESS TIP/PHOTO OP
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu



WINSTON-SALEM – This weekend’s Winston-Salem Air Show will provide a unique opportunity for six student filmmakers from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA).

UNCSA School of Filmmaking faculty member Wade Wilson will take his custom sound effects design class to the air show on Sunday to record sounds that eventually might be heard in major motion pictures.

The Winston-Salem Air Show is Sept. 9-11, today through Sunday, at Smith Reynolds Airport. Among the aircraft that students could experience at the 100th anniversary air show are:

·       F104 Starfighter, a Lockheed single-engine, high-performance fighter/bomber used by the U.S. Air Force, NASA and the Air National Guard;
·       F4U Corsair, a carrier-capable fighter built by Chance Vought and used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War;
·       A-4 Skyhawk, built by Douglas in 1956 and used by the Navy and Marines during the Vietnam War for ground attack; and
·       AD4 Skyraider, a single-seat, piston-powered, propeller-driven attack aircraft built by Douglas and used extensively from the 1940s through the 1980s by the Air Force, Navy and Marines.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Wilson said. “You don’t usually have access to these big military jets to record sound effects, unless you have a big budget and can afford to go out and rent one.”

Winston-Salem Air Show

Winston-Salem Air Show
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Winston-Salem Air Show

Wilson is a sound designer, supervising sound editor, musician and actor whose sound design work on THE PERFECT STORM garnered an Academy Award nomination. His other film credits include SHREK, MADAGASCAR, SHARK TALE, MYSTIC RIVER, ELF, and UNFAITHFUL. 

 Wilson joined faculty of UNCSA’s School of Filmmaking in 2008, recruited by Dean Jordan Kerner, a veteran Hollywood producer (THE SMURFS, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, SNOW DOGS, INSPECTOR GADGET, UP CLOSE & PERSONAL, THE MIGHTY DUCKS TRILOGY, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES and more) who has championed real-world experiences for student filmmakers through his new “shadows” internship program.

 “It is very important in our eyes that students are exposed to the film industry in a working manner,” Wilson said. “It is important that they learn the exact processes used by professionals in the industry, and then mimic those processes.”

Recording sound effects on location is a major component of a sound designer’s career, Wilson said. “These students are going to be doing exactly what I would be doing as a sound designer on any film. These jets are going to be loud, and the students have to figure out which microphones will work best at what frequency.” 

The third- and fourth-year students, who are picture editing and sound design majors, will spend the following week “mastering” the sounds they record, and the resulting clips will be added to the school’s library of more than 100,000 sound clips.

The clips will also be provided to Soundelux, a Hollywood post-production sound company which holds the world’s most extensive and notable sound effects library. Last year, Soundelux donated some of that library to the School of Filmmaking.

“These recordings could definitely end up in major feature films,’’ Wilson said.

For more information, visit:  http://www.wsairshow.com/

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.