Also in the July 4, 2022 issue of The New Yorker is article, “Noise Makers: The analog delights of Foley sound effects” by Anna Wiener. This delightful article tells the story of two professional Foley artists, their search for interesting sounds for the movies, a description of Skywalker Ranch in northern California which is the premier Foley sound stage, and the history behind sound effects for the movies in their transition from silent films into films with sound.
Jack Foley was an assistant director at Universal Pictures in the nineteen-twenties who added footsteps and handclaps to the erstwhile silent films. He developed a “Foley Room”, in post-production, added these sound effects. Technical developments soon after ensued. I’m not reprising the longish article here. You’ll have to read it for yourself. Also the way pros look for new interesting sounds. Delightful!
As a Bantam author, I and a busload of Bantam authors were treated to a bus ride to Skywalker Ranch. (Bantam published the Star Wars novelizations at the time.) It was a gut-clenching ride up there, full of hill-climbing twists and turns. (The L.A. producers, like Gayle Ann Hurd, took a helicopter).
Once there, we Bantam authors were given a full tour of Skywalker’s state-of-the-art Foley Room and escorted into the full-sized theater they have up there. We were treated three versions of “The Boulder Roll” at the beginning of the first Indiana Jones’s movie.
The first version had no sound at all. The second version had the actors’ dialogue, but no sound effects. The third version had the Foley effects that people heard in the theatrical release. It was amazing!
Afterward, the Skywalker people treated us to a delicious salmon dinner in their dining room.
It was one of the most memorable experiences in my writing career.
And afterward, I was power-walking around the lake when I saw hundreds of cormorants, a slim brown water fowl—my Chinese friend calls them “diving ducks”—on the water. They rise into the air by beating their wings on the water. I heard the most incredible sound as hundreds of diving ducks took to the air—and I thought of the Foley artists. I wished I had a good recorder to record the sound. I would have sold it to them! A once in a lifetime sound!
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