Updated 3/30/2012 to clarify Wade Wilson's contribution.
March 21, 2012 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNCSA SCHOOL OF FILMMAKING HAS CONNECTIONS WITH "THE HUNGER GAMES"
Faculty, Alumni and Students Worked on the Feature Film, Which Opens Friday, March 23
WINSTON-SALEM – Any time you hear a footstep in THE HUNGER GAMES, know that it is there because of Wade Wilson, chair of the editing and sound faculty in the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA).
Wilson, who joined the School of Filmmaking in 2008, served as a sound editor on the Foley post-production sound throughout the entire film.
“The Foley was a very important component in the overall mix of the film,” said Wilson. “There are lengthy sections of the film with chases in a multitude of environments and surfaces.
“In order to keep the pace that the director and picture editor created, I made certain to keep a strong tempo in the footsteps, especially in sections of the film where the feet are difficult to see but the pace cannot let down for a moment,” Wilson continued. “This was very important to Lon (Bender).”
Photo by Brent LaFever
Guest artist Lon Bender, center, with faculty member Wade Wilson, top, work with student (in green shirt) on a film project.
Wilson worked on the movie with his long-time mentor and recent UNCSA film guest artist, Lon Bender. Bender was the recipient of an Academy Award in 1996 for his sound work on BRAVEHEART and was nominated in 2007 for his work on BLOOD DIAMOND. He was just nominated again, in 2012, for DRIVE.
Wilson was not the only representative of UNCSA to work on the motion picture, which was shot in North Carolina. The film also includes the work of many alumni and student interns who worked both on-set and off.
Production Design alumni Alex McCarroll (’04), Lenny Mukai (’09), Sam Ogden (’11) and Cara Rhodes (’11) all worked in the art department on the movie, with faculty member Burton Rencher assisting in securing three of the positions for alumni. Caroline Livengood (’07, Producing) was the film’s production secretary and assisted in the placement of five student interns. Ryan Price (’08, Screenwriting) was assistant to actor Woody Harrelson. Andrew Crampe (’04, Producing) was an accounting production assistant to help wrap the film.
Five students in the School of Filmmaking Class of 2012 were named Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) Interns and spent last summer working on the film. AMPAS internships allow students the unique opportunity to work on feature films while networking with the crew. At the direction of School of Filmmaking Dean Jordan Kerner (who recently enjoyed success as producer of the international hit, THE SMURFS), Film Festival and Internship Coordinator Kate Miller worked with faculty members John LeBlanc, Ron Roose, Susan Ruskin, Julian Semilian and Wade Wilson to place the students on the film.
Producing students Michael Fry and Nick Hoisington interned on set with the Assistant Directors team.
“Walking onto a major motion picture set the first day is a dream and a nightmare,” said Hoisington, “but within three days, Michael and I were up to speed and knowledgeable because of what they taught us here at school.”
Fry also attributed his success on set to his education in the School of Filmmaking. “Interning on THE HUNGER GAMES over the summer was an invaluable experience, awarding me an opportunity to apply the techniques and skill set I had acquired over the previous three years,” he said.
Fellow producing student Julie Pechanek interned with alumna Caroline Livengood in the production and accounting offices for the show, allowing her to further explore two different career paths in which she is interested.
Editing and Sound student Rachel Fowler interned with the editing crew in North Carolina and went to Los Angeles in December 2011 during the post-production process. Fowler was able to bring a fellow Editing and Sound student, Max King, onto the show.
Cinematography student Adam Meadows interned with the video assist and camera crews.
“One of the greatest benefits of working on a blockbuster such as THE HUNGER GAMES while still enrolled at UNCSA is the fact that I was able to make connections with so many industry professionals,” said Meadows. “With graduation a little more than a month away, I am not at all worried about making the ‘break’ into the industry. Instead, I am eager to graduate so that I can work on the next job.”
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.