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Foley

From Wikipedia, Chace Audio

Foley is a process of adding organic sound effects to film and television soundtracks by performing them in sync with picture. Invented by Jack Foley, a sound editor at Universal Studios, its main purpose is to replace or enhance production sounds that have been obstructed by noise or are not convincing enough to supplement the visual effect or action.

For example, footsteps recorded on set or location often do not sound convincing. A soundstage floor may be made of wood painted to look like steel or cement, but when walked upon it will not sound like steel or cement – it will sound like wood. During post production, a Foley artist can be recorded in a specially designed Foley stage walking on a surface that will sound more convincingly like steel or cement. The Foley artist watches the picture and performs the footsteps in sync with actors onscreen. The new footstep effects can then be edited by a Foley editor and mixed into the soundtrack to complete the illusion that the actors really are walking along a steel beam suspended hundreds of feet in the air or across the cement floor of a huge underground base.

Foley artists use many unexpected tricks to create convincing effects for soundtracks. The sound of bones snapping in your favorite action movie just may have been made by a Foley artist breaking stalks of celery. That slimy monster sound? It could very well be a cheese casserole!

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License found at http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html. It uses material from the Wikipedia articles at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foley_%28film_production%29 and http://en.wikipedia.org/Jack_Foley.

Foley stages have a variety of floor surfaces upon which footsteps are recorded for film and television.

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The pits found on a Foley stage contain a variety of materials with many uses for recording.

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