Amusing Short Film 'The Foley Artist' Shows the Importance of Sound

July 7, 2016
Source: Vimeo

The Foley Artist Short Film

"How to Sound Design Your Life." This amusing video should cheer you up if you're feeling a bit down. It's a short film called The Foley Artist, and it shows how important sound design is with filmmaking. But it's also a nice short film with a fun story all packed into one impressive 3-minute video, directed by Oliver Holmes. Foley artists are the individuals who actually create the sound for films, using various objects and techniques in order to make the audience believe they're actually seeing what they're seeing. It is an art in and of itself, and it's fun to see the intercutting between the moments and the foley work in this film. Enjoy.

Description from Vimeo: "The Foley Artist sees a master of sound at work on a fashion film. If you’ve ever wanted to see the chasm between the finished product and the extraordinary lengths taken to produce it, this short is for you." Read more about foley work in filmmaking on Wikipedia. The short film is directed by Oliver Holmes, based on a screenplay written by Oliver Holms, Hettie Griffiths and Rob Jarvis, featuring cinematography by Rob Jarvis. It stars Georgia Waters as the girl, and Ian Macnaughton as the foley artist. For more info on the short, visit their Vimeo. For more shorts, click here. How charming was that?

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


Awesome! I would love to do this as my job.

DAVIDPD on Jul 7, 2016


Well, I hate to be the turd in the punch bowl here, but this isn't anything like how foley artists work. I also do not think that was it's intention either. I think it was meant to be a little spoof or satirical look at the interesting ways in which foley artists do their work. It's a nice, cute little short film but it's just isn't real. One doesn't need to put on a dress or high heels or apply lipstick, etc. That's just silly. Sorry, but this work is done in a highly tech studio atmosphere with a group of artists who know what they are doing. If someone would go in and show actual real foley artists at work and the inventive methods they use to achieve the sounds they create, that would be very interesting. To finish up...since when did applying lipstick make a sound or whatever? Come on, now!

Bo on Jul 7, 2016


I was thinking the same thing about all the points you made....lipstick sounds lol

Joker's hideout on Jul 7, 2016


Thank you for your reply, Joker's...I was hoping I wasn't alone on my perceptions and feared I might get rawhided by the troops here who might have loved this little, cute film....lol...Cheers!

Bo on Jul 7, 2016


I'm pretty sure that IS the point of this short... It's not meant to be an exactly realistic behind-the-scenes look, but rather a short film, meant to amuse and entertain and make you laugh.

Alex Billington on Jul 8, 2016


As I said in the first paragraph of my post. As far as it amusing me or entertaining me and making me laugh...well that's another story...it just did none of the above. Oh well. Cheers.

Bo on Jul 8, 2016

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