was the first Foley Artist.
A Foley Artist
is to physically create
the subtler sound effects
for most of the action
in a film — usually, everything
but the dialogue. Sometimes that involves smearing peanut butter on someone's face and recording the sound of a cow licking it off.
• Here's the split-screen classic short, Track Stars: The Unseen Heroes of Movie Sound
, and its Doppleganger
, plus a similar tribute, replacing the sounds on a 1962 public domain film.
• A couple of Porn Foley parodies [NSFW of course] and a murder-filled parody • Here's the process in detail for marking, recording, and editing Foley for 35mm film: Part 1 (excerpted), Part 2 • Technically, Foley only covers sounds you can tailor-make in the recording studio; other sounds (engines, explosions, etc) are the domain of the Sound FX person. If you don't have your own means, though, Sounddogs.com has an extensive collection of samples.
posted by not_on_display
on Jun 14, 2012 -
Just the other day I was thinking about World War 2-era propaganda songs, so of course I gave a listen to Smoke On the Water
. Say what? You didn't know it was about kickin' Hitler's ass? Or Hirohito's? Guess you weren't listening well enough when ol' Red Foley
sang: "...there'll be nothing left but vultures to inhabit all that land, when our modern ships and bombers make a graveyard of Japan..."
I tell you, they just don't write songs like that anymore, friends. Anyway, by 1951 Red was looking forward to Peace in the Valley
. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 9, 2008 -
opines on how the Foley story coverage hurts not only gays
but Democrats; on how women have a stake In Conoleeeza Rice
's success; talk radio in general; and how the Democrats have to play the religion card well to win, not only now, but in 2008.
posted by nj_subgenius
on Oct 27, 2006 -
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 -