Foley Research

For this project, we are picking an animation and and stripping all the sound off. Then we are recording and building up our own sounds.


Examples of foley in animation

‘The Triplets of Belleville.’


This clip is from ‘The Triplets of Belleville,’ a french animation made in 2003. This animation has little dialogue. The film is mainly made up of sound effects and diagetic music. Doing this is very effective because it means the animators focused more on the body language of the characters. This can be a better way of showing relationships between characters as in real life, non verbal conversation is hard to fake. You can normally see how someone is feeling or their feelings toward someone by their body language, even if they’re not talking to them. It is also effective because it destroys any language barriers. A lot of people don’t enjoy watching foreign films because they don’t understand the language. As their is barely any dialogue, it is easier to appeal and watched by more people.

A lot of work went into the film sound wise. I appreciate how much effort went in, but I don’t like the film as much. This is because the silence with just the sound effects made me uncomfortable at times.

‘Corpse Bride.’


This scene is from the animation ‘Corpse Bride.’ There is a lot of sound effects in this scene. They use the sound effects to make the scene more dramatic. For example, when the sword is pulled out by one of the skeletons. They use a swish sound when the sword is being pulled through the air. If this was real, it wouldn’t make that sound. They add in the sound effect to make it more dramatic and intense. They also use sound effects for comedic effect. For example, when the skeletons mouth drops to the floor.


‘Road Runner and Wile E Coyote.’


This clip is from a cartoon TV series. Like ‘The Triplets of Belleville,’ they use mainly sound effects. However, they use the sound effects mainly for comedic effect. They’ve used a lot of comedic sound effects because it is a children’s show, and children will find it more funny if the sounds are exaggerated.

‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

This scene is from ‘Fantastic Mr Fox.’ There is dialogue and sound effects in this scene, all diagetic. They are all very simple, yet effective. For example, when he twitches his ear, they’ve added in a sound effect of fur ruffling. This is effective as it breaks up the silence and crates more of  tense atmosphere as it should be a quiet, nearly un hearable sound.


What I’ve learnt:

I have found from research that if I pick a children’s animation, I should exaggerate the sounds. I should also do this if I want it to be more comedic. Also, I should have non diagetic background noise, unless the scene is tense or awkward.

I think I am going to use a clip from a child’s film because I think that the sound effects used are normally more simple. Also, I want to pick a scene with little or non dialogue as it is hard to time the voice with the mouth.



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One Response to Foley Research

  1. kendalcollegefilm says:

    Good work, Izzy, showing a strong overview of sound in film. Sound design is an almost limitless discipline, and this is a good start. To go further, consider how specific examples of sound effects are used to achieve particular effects, and then become typical of the scene or film; in this way, you can explore sound design in more detail than if you start with the film as a whole, and work down. For now, good work!


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