Experimenting with Foley Sound.

As part of the MEDI171 module of ‘sound’, we had to create a final project piece to present to the rest of the class, using some of the skills that we had learnt throughout the module. After having three weeks of intensive sessions in the areas of radio, sonic art and Foley, our group decided to focus on the third option as it was the one that we enjoyed the most and felt we had the most skill in.

I really enjoy the way that the course integrates a lot of group work, it is a really key skill to have in the industry, being able to get on with different people and working together in order to create something together. I was working with fellow Media Arts practitioners: Ashley Ewens, Dominic Lattimer and Jhoanna Guillia and I felt like we worked really well as a team, and eventually came up with a system that enabled us to work both quickly and efficiently together.

Foley is the reproduction of sound needing to be placed within a film, television or video production. It was first invented by Jack Foley in 1927 who worked on films watching them as he performed the sounds that needed to appear on screen so that it was accurately in time with the on-screen performance. For our clip, we chose children’s cartoon ‘Dip Dap’ which were already familiar with, allowing our focus to be entirely on the details and capturing every single noise within the soundscape.

We used various different techniques to create the soundscape for the clip that we chose such as vocal noises, using objects we found around us and within the building as well as trying out different methods and seeing what worked best.

Overall, I am really pleased with the way that this project turned out, our group worked well together to create multiple layers of production while editing and this subsequently made the piece a lot more complete. I feel we directed it well towards the audience that it would have been sent out to, which is young children, and we allowed ourselves the creative license to experiment and bounce ideas off each other without constraining to the original piece.

One thought on “Experimenting with Foley Sound.”

  1. I quite liked your version of ‘Dip Dap’, it had the desired effect upon the audience and was very creative with your use of human-made sounds, rather than just using stock recordings!

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