What is a Foley Artist

Made by Yining Tao (Jessica) and Ziyu Xue (Wanda)

Foley often appears in films, TV and radio, having an irreplaceable role. However, very few people know neither ‘What is Foley?’ nor ‘What do a Foley Artist do?’. In this case, the main purpose of the video ‘What is a Foley Artist’ is enhancing the public understanding of ‘Foley’. Yining Tao (Jessica) and Ziyu Xue (Wanda) will unpack the invisible foley world to the audience through specific examples.
Apart from popularizing knowledge, Jessica and Wanda also set up a simple studio at home experience the work of Foley artists. On the one hand, offering a certain degree of entertaining, on the other hand, they intend to attract the audience’s attention and interest in Foley design in this way. Last but not the least, what Jessica and Wanda aim to convey is that Foley art is very important, but it is not out of reach. As long as you are creative and have the courage to try, everyone can be a Foley Artist.




Wizards at the Circus – Mac Taboel [Copyright-safe Music]

Archival Footage:

How The Sound Effects In ‘A Quiet Place’ Were Made, 2018 Insider

Jazz singer, 1927 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc

Tom and jerry, 1940 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Star Wars: The empire strikes back, 1980 Lucasfilm Ltd


Reference list:

Audio Academy 2018, ‘FOLEY SOUND: THE HISTORY AND MAGIC’, Audio Academy, blog post, 16 April, viewed 17 September 2020, <https://audioacademy.in/the-history-and-magic-of-foley-sound/>.

Bokeh South Africa Fashion Film Festival 2017, The Foley artist, YouTube,16 May, viewed 12 September 2020, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm1j-rqlAZk>.

Fang, J 2019, ‘The Other F Word: What is Foley in the 21st Century?’,  Pro Sound Effects, blog post, 14 August, viewed 17 September 2020, <https://blog.prosoundeffects.com/the-other-f-word-what-is-foley-in-the-21st-century >.

Insider  2018, How The Sound Effects In ‘A Quiet Place’ Were Made | Movies Insider, YouTube, 28 September, viewed 13 September 2020, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnozP8OWeik>

Maio, A 2020, ‘Foley: The Art Of Sound Design’, StudioBinder, blog post, 26 April, viewed 15 September 2020, <https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/what-is-a-foley-artist/>.

MasterClass 2019, ‘Film 101: Understanding Foley Sound and Why Foley Sound Is Important’, Masterclass, viewed 20 September 2020, <https://www.masterclass.com/articles/film-101-understanding-foley-sound-and-why-foley-sound-is-important#the-origins-of-foley-art>.

Phillips 2007, Ben burtt on lightsaber sound design, YouTube, 23 May, viewed 18 September 2020, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0WJ-8B6aUM>

Radis n.d., ‘HISTORY OF FOLEY ART FOR FILM’, Skyler Radis, viewed 19 September 2020, <https://skylerradis.weebly.com/history-of-foley.html>.

SoundIdeasCanada 2011, What Is Foley Sound By Sound Ideas, YouTube, 5 December, viewed 13 September 2020, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OONaPcZ4EAs>.

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