VOTD: A Skywalker Sound Foley Artist Explains How Movie Sound Effects Are Made

If you never stop to think where any given sound comes from in a movie, then the crew member known as the Foley artist has done a good job. You probably don't even realize just how many sound effects in movies are created in a sound studio. Sometimes it's a sound you've never heard before, like a TIE Fighter while other times it's just the sound of a couple rolling through the leaves.

Skywalker Sound Foley artist John Roesch has worked on dozens of films such as The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, TRON, Gremlins, and The Breakfast Club, as well as fully animated films such as Aladdin, Winnie the Pooh, Puss in Boots and Inside Out. In a new video he takes the time to explain where some of the sounds that he makes come from. 

Here's the video showing how movie sound effects are made from Wired:

Judging from this video, this has to be one of the most fun and most difficult jobs. Unfortunately, John Roesch doesn't dive into any of the more unconventional sounds you might hear in some of the more famous sci-fi movies he's worked on. But it's still fascinating to see the cluttered sound studio where they make the audio for everyday sounds that you don't even realize had to be made in post-production. Whether it's the handling of a sword from Braveheart or the sounds of a rolling, makeshift skateboard in Back to the Future, John Roesch knows how to make movie sound effects.