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Foley Artists-How Movie Sound Effects Are Made!

Foley artists make many of the movie sound effects you hear in your favorite films. Here’s a look at how they do it. Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality.


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These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. The best Foley art is so well integrated into a film that it goes unnoticed by the audience.

What about the sound of a horse’s galloping? Nope – A Foley artist, sitting on his or her knees, created that effect by rhythmically smacking a pair of empty coconut shells on a shallow pile of dirt.


It helps to create a sense of reality within a scene. Without these crucial background noises, movies feel unnaturally quiet and uncomfortable.