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The Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, 3rd Edition by David Lewis Yewdall

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Chapter 17

Foley

The Art of Footsteps, Props, and Cloth Movement

“They had to blame the failure of the picture on something.So they blamed it on Foley.”

- Gary Larsen, from a Far Side cartoon

In the early days of sound when the silver screen developed a set of lungs, relatively few sound effects were cut to picture. With rare exceptions, and only on major motion pictures, sound effects were cut when nothing was in the production dialog track. With each picture the studios turned out, fresh ideas of sound methods pushed steadily forward. Both audience enthusiasm and studio competition fueled the furnace of innovative approaches in sound recording and editorial, along with new inventions in theatrical presentation.

Artisans such as William Hitchcock, ...

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