Have you ever watched a movie or a TV show and wondered where all of the sounds came from? Believe it or not (it may be hard to believe if you know me), even though I was always fascinated by recording, I never really did. I always just assumed that they either filmed in whatever conditions they needed or dubbed in stock sound effects. I did, however, spend a lot of childhood time trying to recreate sounds with objects (fire from crinkling paper or plastic or somebody falling down a flight of stairs with an old lunchbox, for instance) and recording them. So imagine my surprise when I got a little older and learned about the art of Foley recording. My silly little pastime had a name, people got paid for it and it was arguably one of the most important parts of the entire process. How about that?
Unfortunately I’ve never gotten the chance to meet a Foley artist (the couple times I’ve been in a studio with a Foley room nobody was there), so I’ve never been able to ask all of the how do you guys do that questions I know I’d have if the opportunity ever presented itself. But until it does, at least I’ll have this video to fill in some of the blanks.