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Foley Sounds

Foley is a term used to describe the re-created sounds caused by characters as they move around in a scene. The name originates from the man who invented the process, Jack Foley, who worked for Universal Pictures during the transition from silent movies to the early “talkies.” Foley would be called in to record sound effects tracks for silent movies that were being converted into talking pictures. As the silent movie had no audio to begin with, Foley would have to create all the action sounds for the entire movie. His technique of watching the film and reenacting the action moves is the basis for foley recording as we know it today. Figure 2.3 shows what a foley studio looks like.

Figure 2.3. Enterprise Post’s Foley Studio. Notice the pits used to contain different materials used for making footsteps and other sounds.



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