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The Art of Short Form Content by Bryan Cook

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5Rise into Hit:

Sound Design

" "Aaaaaaarrrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"

The Wilhelm Scream aka Man Getting Bitten by Alligator "

Ah, The Wilhelm Scream. Heard in over two hundred films – most famously when Luke Skywalker shoots an anonymous Storm Trooper who subsequently screams in agony while plummeting to his death in Star Wars – it is arguably the most recognizable sound effect of all time. Thought to have made its first appearance in the 1953 film The Charge at Feather River when the character Private Wilhelm gets shot by an arrow, it was actually originally used in the 1951 film Distant Drums, when a soldier tramping through a swamp in the Everglades gets attacked by an alligator (hence it's other title, "man getting bitten ...

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