Burning Question: What are Foley Effects?

Burning Question: What are Foley Effects?
Tutorial, Burning Questions Oct 12, 2017 at 02:26 PM

When I was 8 or 9, we went to Universal Studios in Burbank and saw a demonstration on how they did foley effects. I was captivated. This article explains what foley effects are and shows some videos of foley artists in action, plus, some tips on creating your own foley effects for your own sound design.

What are foley effects?

Foley effects is the "art of sound" and originally coined by Jack Foley in the 1920s. Foley effects are sounds created by elements in a studio to represent other sounds in the real world, or fantasy world, as the case may be, to create more interesting soundscapes. For example, the sound of a piece of rattling aluminum can become thunder and the sound of bacon frying can stand in for rain. 

The Secret World of Foley (Short Movie)

Award Winning Short Film about Foley Artists, Directed by Daniel Jewel.

The Magic of Making Sound | That's Amazing

Foley on the Warner Bros. lot. 

Videos with Sound Designers

The Beautiful Lies of Sound Design

Tasos Fratzolas talks about foley effects and sound design for film on the stage of TEDxAthens.

Foley artist shows how sounds effects are made

Foley artist David Ian designs the sound for Willamette Radio Workshop and explains the props that are used to create some sound effects.

Emmy nominated Foley Artist Caoimhe Doyle demonstrates movie sound effects

Foley Tutorials

Introduction to Foley and Sound Effects for Film

Filmmaker IQ gives an intro to Foley Effects.

INTERACTIVE: Make Your Own Foley Sound Effects with Peter Burgis (Web Browser Only)

Pete Burgis shows you some tricks.

More:

Recording Foley and Sound Effects: The Fundamentals - Premium Beat takes a look at Foley Effects

Real-time Sound Effects: The Foley Way - From VideoMaker Magazine, July 1999

Products to help with your Foley Sound Design

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Representing the most advanced audio post-production software environment available today, Nuendo constantly reconfigures expectations of dedicated software for audio post. TV post-production requires fast, convenient handling of recurring production elements such as specific sounds, effects or even Nuendo projects themselves. Nuendo has everything on board to facilitate this workflow, including the ability to save clusters of audio clips for returning elements in a TV series, extensive batch rendering options, MediaBay content management system as well as post-production workflow-oriented editing features. Nuendo is also the No.1 choice in audio-post for film production. By having the world’s most professional surround mixing console, VCA fader technology, a film-mixing automation system, extensive routing and metering technologies onboard, alongside a dedicated video player engine, Nuendo provides outstanding mixing results in studio-grade quality.

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