Start with the well-known final dance scene from Dirty Dancing
, remove the original score and add in new foley as if the couple was closely mic'd, and you have something the sounds like a one-on-one basketball game with giggling and popping balloons
, and then Castle (Swayze) leaps from the stage and really gets his thing going. This is just one of a great number of musicless music videos
, from Mario Wienerroither
and others. [more inside]
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.
Track Stars: The Unseen Heros of Movie Sound
(1979) 10 min., 16mm, Terry Burke and Andy Malcolm.
A split screen contains on one side an action thriller while on the other side two sound effects artist keep their eyes on the playback and work their tails off. [more inside]
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]
Why Are British Sex Scandals So Much Better Than America's?
A recent (Feb. 2007 issue) Vanity Fair
article by James Wolcott
examines the Profumo Affair
, the Major-Currie
revelations and the recent shenanigans
at the U.K.'s The Spectator magazine, as compared to Mark Foley, Clinton-Lewinsky
and much more.
Voters will see Foley's name on signs
to help them make the 'right' choice, if they don't know about his page proclivities. But John Boehner would have 'canned him'
had he known about what Foley was doing. In the meantime, Foley has been offered sexual reorientation
, even while he's in exclusive alcohol treatment
in Arizona, with an 'average stay of 30 days'. Just long enough, don't you think? He'll be relaxing by the pool with a Shirley Temple, but the blogger who exposed him will be out looking for a new job
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.
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.)