The Clip Club

Primary after-school club in East London, UK – we watch, talk about, shoot and edit short films and clips

Session 5: Foley artistry

This week we had a special visitor – Ruth Sullivan – who is a Foley artist. Foley artists are the unseen (but very much heard) heroes of post-production sound effects. All those noises that are lost for whatever reason during filming are re-created in the studio, recorded and edited back into the film. They use all sorts of seemingly bizarre things to make sounds, for example, a bag of cornflour to make the sound of footsteps on snow, celery for the sound of bones breaking, cabbage leaves for something stretching, chick peas in a box or fingers tapping for rain, newspaper in a bowl of water for squidgy sounds and flapping leather gloves for a bird flying away. Fascinating stuff!

Here’s a glimpse of what we managed to record which we hope to use in our film. Now we know what to do, sometimes we’ll be able to use our own sound effects, instead of downloading from the internet or a database.


Later in the session some went off to do some great animating for our dream sequence – involving a transforming caterpillar – and others started trying to document the whole process over the past few weeks. This was less successful as we had a bit of a technology fail… but Michelle will get on top of this next time and make sure this group get some film production done too!


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