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Again with the Foley arts!

“How do you convey the presence or someone or something in a scene without the audience actually seeing it? That’s the special challenge of horror-movie sound design. In this episode of “Movies Insider,” we visited Alchemy Post Sound, the Foley studio behind “The Invisible Man” and a slew of other horror projects, to find out how horror movies use sound to play with viewers’ minds. We had one of Alchemy’s founders, Foley artist Leslie Bloome, break down a few scenes from “The Invisible Man” as case studies, recreating how his team made sounds as subtle and detailed as a faucet squeak or a faint wind chime. He also showed us how Foley artists create a range of classic horror-movie suspense sounds, from unsettling creaks to mysterious gusts of wind, and explained how all these carefully crafted sounds come together to ratchet up the tension in horror scenes, making climactic moments feel larger than life.”

I’ve always been fascinated with Foley art. Some objects, like paper bags, ice cubes, and pool balls, make an unexpected amount of noise. This can be a big problem on set, as any of these unwanted sounds can get in the way of dialogue. To ensure the sound team gets the best sound possible, the prop team will create silent versions of real products. Prop master Scott Reeder replaced loud pool balls with much quieter painted racquetballs for bar scenes. Meanwhile, Tim Schultz of Prop TRX uses vinyl and fabric to make quieter versions of grocery bags, sandwich bags, and cellophane. Reeder and Schultz show us how they found quiet alternatives to some of the loudest props out there.

Slow Mo Sound is FAKE… Mostly

The sound in slow motion video, above a certain speed, is useless. So Gav of The Slow Mo Guys shows us how he “creates” the sounds that accompany their videos.

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