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W. Ross Wells
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Attended Brownwood High School
Lives in Houston, TX
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Mickey Gilley and Johnny Bush reunite after 58 years to cut new single at SugarHill Recording Studios
Country music legends Mickey Gilley and Johnny Bush last recorded at Houston's SugarHill Studios 58 years ago. When they reunited in SugarHill's historic “Studio A” to cut some new duets, they were joined by some of H-Town's most prominent musicians;. Kenny Cordray on guitar, Anthony Sapp on ...
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Filmmaker, Dad, Quantum Mechanic
When I was 5, my parents took me to Radio City where we saw Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. That was over 40 years ago and I still remember that night as if it was yesterday. The colors, the design, the frosty performances by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood...the first computer graphics.

I found a hand-wound Argus super-8 movie camera in my dad's closed when I was 9 years old and used it to shoot my first short film..when I finished that project, I moved on to the next and haven't stopped yet. 

Early on in my career I had the opportunity to shoot and edit travel programming for the original Travel Channel. I spent many years travelling in Europe and Southeast Asia and worked with some wonderful people who helped me develop my craft. It was on these productions that I met my longtime partner, executive producer and the mother of my child...we are still working together..

I began work in the commercial side of the business as an editor in a post house and have since owned a number of production and post-production companies. The larger the companies became, the further I got away from the camera and the closer I got to administrative headaches.

My partner and I "dropped out" six years ago in a gambit to get back to serious (albeit mostly comedic) filmmaking. Today I am a film director with 17 years professional experience, specializing in commercials, music video and viral media. I use my experience with cinematography and visual effects as key components in my projects. I am also one of the principals in Zenfilm, a film production company that produces comedy TV commercials, music video, documentaries for the arts and viral media. 

Several years ago we created a film for Houston conceptual artists The Art Guys..and I am preparing to revisit it in the edit suite...I think it is a special film with much to say about the state of current media. I am also celebrating because one of our films was recently listed on which feels really "official" for some reason. I am currently working on broadcast and web commercials, a couple of music video projects and pursuing more national and international work. I currently have representives peddling my wares on the West Coast, Midwest and in Texas and I am looking for New York and Eastern and Western European Reps... 

Zenfilm is a great little company that we started in our living room (having a 2 year old put a popsicle into a VTR takes on a whole new meaning) and has grown to a staff of 9 and is located in an old paint factory in downtown Houston. We are extremely good at assisting ad agencies and brands punch through the media clutter...using our twisted sense of humor and just a touch of weirdness. We are pop-culture junkies that use our combined knowledge of thousands of films, tv shows, music videos, comedy sketches and commercials as our power source. We always use our powers for good.
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Incapable of yodeling, can tell the difference, relatively clean
  • Brownwood High School
    1977 - 1981
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Ross Wells, Willis Ross Wells
Film Director, Dad, Musician, Photographer
Film Director, Creative Development, Visual Storytelling, Comedy, Real People, Visual FX, Certified Avid Editor, DP, Visual FX Supervisor.
  • Zenfilm
    Film Director, Owner, 2005 - present
    Film Director, Creative Lead and Owner of this film and HD production/post production company based in Houston, TX. Zenfilm has won numerous awards including two Emmys for work in National/Regional TV advertising, BtoB Video and Music Videos.
  • ZenHill Records
    Producer, Owner, 2005 - 2012
  • Cool Films
    Director, Editor, 1994 - 2005
    Film Director, Senior Editor and Founding Partner. Successful 90's creative film and video boutique based in Houston, TX. Directed national and regional TV ads and served as the creative lead for the production/post-production team.
  • Third Coast Video
    Tape Op, 1987 - 1987
    Changed tapes in the machine room. Made dubs. I am happy to explain tape and/or dubs to those unfamiliar with these technologies.
  • Travelview International
    Director, Editor, 1988 - 1993
    Director of Photography, Editor. Filmed and edited travel programming and documentary projects for broadcast on The Travel Channel and direct-to-video distribution via Blockbuster.
  • Cable Advertising Systems
    Cameraman, Editor, 1984 - 1987
    Filmed and edited cable ads for broadcast in markets all over the US.
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Brownwood, TX - Austin, TX - NYC - Houston, TX
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