Most serious film fans have a good idea of the basics of foley work: sound engineers in a studio recreate (or, in many cases, simply create) all the incidental sounds that fill out the soundtrack of a film. Most of us have probably seen Ben Burtt talk about banging on high-tension wires to create laser sounds for Star Wars, or how he layered sounds and waved a microphone to create the signature lightsaber effects.
Creating all-new sounds is great, but most foley work is about recreating everyday sounds, and doing so in a way that can be mixed with flexibility and tuned specifically to the tone of a given film. So check out this video portrait of foley artist Gary Hecker, after the break. Read More »