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That calls for a Wilhelm Scream

Ben Burtt... heard the name? Well if you've ever watched a Star Wars film you've heard what he does. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 27, 2009 - 26 comments

The Wilhelm Scream

Do you know this scream? Originally labeled in studio reels in 1951 as Man Being Eaten by Alligator, the sound effect now known as the Wilhelm has turned up in dozens of films; sound designers have made a game out of sneaking it past the director's notice. This NPR feature (includes link to RealAudio file) tells much of the story of the Wilhelm Scream. Or you could just watch the best of Wilhelm, compliled in this (27MB) video compilation (read the making-of here). (By the way -- an orc in The Two Towers lets out a Wilhelm as he falls to his death.)
posted by argybarg on Jan 3, 2003 - 45 comments

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