By: Nazia Adnin
How is Foley effects done?
Generally, the boom operators record dialogue and dialogue only excluding everything else. Later on, during post production the Foley artists sync the sounds with the pictures. They perform the sound effects while watching the scene for timing. They actually create the ambience sounds shown in a film, video, Television shows or any other media. Excluding the ambience sounds during filming and then including them during post gives film makers control over the timing, quality, and relative volume of the sound effects. It enhances the audiences’ experiences of watching a film on big screen.
However, the use of digitally stored music is increasing rapidly. The process is being done without the Foley artists and performed by the post production sound engineer on a keyboard while watching the visual. Poorly done this type of sounds bland and are repetitive but it is much cheaper than renting a stage and hiring a Foley artist. But a lot of independent film makers do their own Foley sound replacements or take help from friends than using the digital music. Indie film makers are breaking the taboos and proving that Foley sounds are not for major studios only.
How to use Foley sounds in independent film?
As I said already Foley is not only for major studios. If you are an independent filmmaker, you can easily record basic sound effects such as footsteps, clothes rustling, and prop handling as these are within the reach of low-budget movies. Even if you have to perform the role of Foley artist or take help from friends with sound equipments, still try adding own Foley sounds in the film. It will add aesthetic values to your film that will set it apart from others.
This video will help you guys to understand what Foley is and how it gets done.