Why It’s So Hard For Foley Artists To Make Footstep Sounds

Foley artists are famous for their creative problem solving skills. But who knew that footsteps, one of the simplest, most commonplace sounds we hear in movies and tv, could be such a headache to recreate? This video from Insider walks you through it.

According to Foley artist Stefan Fraticelli, who’s worked on TV shows like “Parks and Recreation” and “Fargo” and movies like the “Conjuring” series, footsteps are the most challenging sound for a Foley artist to master. Finding the right footwear, surface, and sync is not always straightforward. For example, if he has to match a pair of high heels on-screen, real heels will produce an unpleasant sound against rocks or dirt, so he’ll use sneakers instead.


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