During penguins walking in the snow then to

my communications with Kate I began to understand the real process of Foley and
what it brings to the overall quality of the viewing experience. Foley is added
to convey an enhanced sense of reality to the shot and this would not be
possible in the normal natural environment. Even the most gorgeous footage and brilliant camera work can lose power when unaccompanied
by sound. A wildlife scene from the BBC series Planet Earth features polar bear cubs taking their first steps into a world of rapidly
thawing ice in the artic. If the sound is hollow and vacant the beautiful shots
would not have the same desired effect. For maximum emotional impact, Foley
sound can match the actions in the video that was filmed and bring a complete
bigger picture to the audience.


Foley allows the sound recordists
to control the sound effects so they don’t obscure any of the dialogue. Another wildlife
scene from Planet Earth features the
journey of emperor penguins
to their breeding grounds before the onset of winter. It was much easier for
the post production companies to have the Foley artists do the sounds of the
emperor penguins walking in the snow then to record each movement of the
penguins by itself.

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After speaking with a number of dubbing mixers
who have provided the Foley sounds on a number of BBC documents that have won
awards in the industry, I noticed how Foley artists do not want their work to
stand out. A Foley artist work exists entirely to convince you that a film’s
sound effects were captured on location. You are not supposed to realise that
what you are hearing is often something completely different to what you are
seeing. The works of a Foley artist is to maintain the illusion of what is
happening on-screen, and to make the audience completely unaware of their
presence. If you notice the Foley work in a film, it’s because it was not done
well enough. This is why the Foley artist will always be the unsung hero of the


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