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David Elkins
David Elkins

Assistant Dean, Faculty: Cinematography (1997), Interim Dean, School of Filmmaking (2006-2007)
B.A., Columbia College-Hollywood; B.A., University of Connecticut; Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Columbia College-Hollywood.

David E. Elkins is a camera operator and first assistant cameraman with more than 25 years of professional experience, and more than 125 production credits on feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, and educational films. His credits include the television series’ THE WONDER YEARS, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, GABRIEL’S FIRE and TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE; music videos for Coolio, Cypress Hill, The Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers; commercials for Budweiser, Life Savers, Minute Maid Orange Juice and many more. 

In addition to his production experience, he has more than 20 years of experience teaching cinematography classes and workshops throughout the United States, including nine years at Columbia College-Hollywood where he also served as president of the school from 1994-1995.  At the UNCSA School of Filmmaking, he is currently Assistant Dean of Production & Student Affairs, and Chair of the Cinematography Department.

He is the author of “The Camera Assistant’s Manual,” currently in its fifth edition, and “Camera Terms and Concepts” published by Focal Press. He is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, and the Society of Camera Operators (SOC).


Renata Jackson

Renata Jackson


Assistant Dean, Faculty: Cinema Studies (1998)
B.A., M.A. in Film Production and Film History/Criticism, Penn State University; Ph.D. in Cinema Studies, New York University. Has taught film history, theory, and analysis at Penn State, Emerson College, The European Institute for International Communication, and New York University. Chair of UNCSA Educational Policies Committee since 2000.  President of the Winston-Salem Cinema Society from 2001 to 2007. Serves as editorial assistant on the academic journal The Hitchcock Annual (since 2002). Publications include The Modernist Poetics and Experimental Film Practice of Maya Deren (Edwin Mellen Press, 2002); “Relevant Theory for Documentary Film,” CILECT News No. 42 (May 2005); and “Who’s Your Dada? The Marx Brothers at Paramount,” in A Century of the Marx Brothers, ed. Joseph Mills (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007).


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.