The Snappers, Clackers, Ka-chunkers and Sha-shonkers That Make Movies Sound Great

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When E.T. walked across the screen and into the hearts of moviegoers everywhere, that lovable space alien who wanted to “phone home” needed a sound for its walk. Foley artists, the sound magicians who add special effects to movies, decided to use a bag of jello in a damp T-shirt. Indeed, a Foley artist is nothing but ingenious. Snappers, clackers, ka-chunkers, sha-shonkers and things that go “ronk” are just a few things you might find in their toolbox, along with celery — good for broken bones — or paperclips on gloves to imitate a cat walking down the hall. We’ll learn about these tricks of the trade from some of the world’s best Foley artists at Skywalker Sound in Marin.

Guests:

Anna Wiener, contributing writer, The New Yorker - She is the author of the memoir "Uncanny Valley." Her most recent piece for the New Yorker is titled "Noisemakers."

Shelley Roden, Foley artist, Skywalker Sound - Roden has worked as a Foley artist for over 25 years and has worked on "Black Panther," "Top Gun: Maverick," "Soul," "Turning Red," and hundreds of other films.

Scott Curtis, Foley mixer, Curtis has mixed sound for a variety of movies including "Titanic," "Team America" and "Black Panther."

John Roesch, Foley artist, Skywalker Sound. Roesch has worked as a Foley artist for over 40 years and has worked on "E.T.," "Top Gun: Maverick," "Soul," "Tenet," and hundreds of other films, including many in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also hosts the podcast "The Right Scuff."

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