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The Foley Grail, 2nd Edition by Vanessa Theme Ament

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Chapter | eight

 

 

 

 

Walking in Their Shoes:

Performing the Footsteps

 

 

It would come as no surprise to any film fan who is aware of the role of postproduction sound that at some point, someone is replacing the footsteps of an actor in a scene. It seems logical that the audience would need to hear the character in the scene walk. However, as we examine the actual dramatic needs in a scene, this may or may not be the case.

Let’s first look at the actual purposes of replacing or enhancing footsteps. When the Foley artist or editor is viewing the scene, many of the footsteps in the scene may be present and clear sounding. There may be no ...

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