The Secret World of Foley is an award-winning short that gives us a glimpse into the art of making movie sound effects. Directed by British filmmaker Daniel Jewel, we witness Foley artists Pete Burgis and Sue Harding as they re-create the sounds they watch on screen, with the utmost focus and attention to detail and timing.
The Secret World of Foley was shot at Pinewood Studios, where the Foley took place, and it brings to life a film about a morning in a fishing village on the English coast. This part of the film was shot in Clovelly Village on the north coast of Devon, and was shot by cinematographer James Watson.
The film very cleverly cuts between the Foley action and the film they add sound to — giving the audience the feeling they have snuck into a “live” Foley recording.
They choose a range of unusual props from the prop store — knives, rope, paper, clay, a banana, hoses, baskets, and more. They re-create every step, every bit of clothes rustling when a character walks, to birds flapping their wings, and a waterfall running.
A Foley artist might not be the first crew member you think of when watching a film, but without their hard and unusual work, the cinema we watch would be a far less immersive experience.
So, if you were ever curious about how Foley artists work in the stages of post-production, then this “insider’s” film is the one for you.
Here are what the festivals are saying about the film:
“You will never listen to movies the same way again.” AFI
“A Tribute to the art and craft of filmmaking.” Filmfest Washington D.C