How do Foley Artist Make Sounds?

Howdy SEA Fans, Welcome to another tiptuesday blog post and as per suggestion from our diploma students, today we are sharing some tips related to Foley recording.

For the past 1 week, the final film post-production project is going for the students of 1-year Diploma in Sound Engineering and Sound Recording.
Today, students have completed their projects with assistance from professional dubbing artists and foley artists.

Students were excited to watch the work of the foley artist and were dedicated ample time in recording the same with perfection.
While on a discussion with students they told that it would be interesting to learn more about creating foley sound effects and recording of the same.
That persuaded us to write this article,

Do you know, when you watch a film, much of which you hear is artificially created, from footsteps on a snowy path to a vicious thunderstorm.
Many of them are created by foley artists and it is the art of creating sound in sync with what is happening on the screen and it dates back to old radio days.
Foley artists are storytellers with sound and they can bring any mood with that sound.

Here is a video from Rode University discussing foley recording.

Nowadays in many short films, feature productions or even video games stock sound effects are commonly used, of course, it can yield great results and it is time-consuming, but when certain visuals have to be convincingly depicted you need the help of a professional foley artist.

In film industry everything is magic and is make belief, gloves with paper clips is dog paws, a feather duster is for birds and so on
Here are some of the techniques foley artists have used for decades including:

Emmy nominated Foley Artist Caoimhe Doyle demonstrating some of the foley techniques.

Here are some tips for recording Foley and sound effects.

  1. Your room needs to be well-insulated and designed to suit sound recording and make sure the floor is carpeted.
  2. Use hyper-cardioid condenser mic will for capturing interior scenes.
  3. It is better to use shotgun microphones while capturing outdoor scenes.
  4. Put distance between the mic and sound source if you desire more room sound.
  5. Try DeEssers or Multiband Compressors to get rid of peaks.

Here is a video of Leslie Bloome – Foley Artist

Hope you have found the topic which is discussed above useful.

Do share your opinion about the post and other tips related to Foley Sound Recording as a comment below.

Happy Sound Engineering !!!

Image Courtesy :
By Vancouver Film School
Retouched version by User:Quenhitran. – Flickr: Foley Room at the Sound Design Campus, CC BY 2.0

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