What is Foley?

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Foley  the name of this process actually is an art. So, what is foley? Foley is the name given to the ambient sounds in the movies. The art of recreating the ambient sound in the movie is more like it. Foley sounds are especially preferred to enhance the auditory experience of the movie.

What is Foley?

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Foley sounds are used to enhance the auditory experience of the movie. Directors also use Foley to cover up unwanted sounds (overflying airplanes or passing traffic) captured on the set of a movie during filming.


Foley art was firstly used in the 1920s to create the necessary sounds in the live radio plays because, there was no effective recording method in the 1920s.

What is Foley?

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Common tricks used  for foley  are mentioned below. These tricks was created by Berberian Sound Studio. Quoted from Wikipedia.

  • Corn starch in a leather pouch makes the sound of snow crunching
  • A pair of gloves sounds like bird wings flapping
  • An arrow or thin stick makes a whoosh
  • An old chair makes a controllable creaking sound
  • A water soaked rusty hinge when placed against different surfaces makes a creaking sound. Different surfaces change the sound considerably
  • A heavy staple gun combined with other small metal sounds make good gun noises
  • A metal rake makes the rattle/squeak sound of chain-link fence (it can also make a metallic screech when dragged across a piece of metal)
  • A heavy car door and fender can create most of the car sounds needed but having a whole car in the studio is better
  • Burning plastic garbage bags cut into strips makes a realistic sounding candle or soft non-crackling fire when the bag melts and drips to the ground
  • ¼” audio tape balled up sounds like grass or brush when walked on
  • Gelatin and hand soap make squishing noises
  • Frozen romaine lettuce makes bone or head injury noises
  • Coconut shells cut in half and stuffed with padding makes horse hoof noises; this is parodied in Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Cellophane creates crackling fire effects
  • A selection of wooden and metal doors is needed to create all sorts of door noises, but also can be used for creaking boat sounds
  • A heavy phone book makes body-punching sounds
  • Acorns, small apples and walnuts on wooden parquet surface can be used for bones breaking
  • Canned dog food can be used for alien pod embryo expulsions and monster vocalizations
  • These effects were parodied in the Firesign Theatre‘s audio play The Further Adventures of Nick Danger

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