The Foley Grail: The Art of Performing Sound for Film, Games, and Animation

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$40.46
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $14.08
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 70%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $14.08   
  • New (3) from $16.43   
  • Used (5) from $14.08   

Overview

Create custom sound effects that are the mainstay of soundtracks for films, broadcast, animation and games. Learn how Foley is designed, crafted and edited for any project- right down to the nuts and bolts of spotting, cueing, and performing sounds. An array of techniques is illustrated with artists presenting their own methods for selecting and handling props, "walking" various characters, and other tricks of the trade. Various renowned artists, editors and mixers contribute stories and perspectives on what is necessary for a film or media project, and how technology has changed the craft over the years. The Foley stage is discussed in detail, with illustrations to assist you in designing your own stage, whatever the size. The companion DVD includes video demonstrations of Foley Artists at work, along with illustrated techniques for the novice.

Key Benefits:
• A concise, creative guide to the art and technique for producing Foley sound for films, video, animation and games.
• Alternative Foley stage designs are illustrated and interviews of renowned artists shed light on essentials.
• Companion DVD video demonstrates a variety of techniques that Foley artists use to perform cues.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Ever wonder how Foley sound effects are added to films and what props you need to set up a Foley stage? Curious about how sound effects are edited, how Foley artists select their shoes, or how the sounds for video games differ from those of motion pictures? You will find the answers to all these questions and more in The Foley Grail, Second Edition, Vanessa Theme Ament’s savvy but eminently readable book. No one interested in film sound can afford to be without it." -- Rick Altman, Emeritus Professor, University of Iowa; Author, Silent Film Sound and A Theory of Narrative

"This book is entertaining, informative and an absolute must-read for everyone who wants to make a career in sound, as well as being a very handy lesson for anyone involved in production on whatever level – and a particularly valuable aid for 'media' course tutors." -- Wendy Laybourn, Network Nine News

"Thanks to this publication, sound is appraised as a subjective art form. So whether you’re a novice (i.e. “what even is Foley?”) or a whizz (“pfft, why do I need to read about Jack?”), there truly is much to learn from this book. Seek the Foley Grail." - Matt Howsam, Raindance.org

"Comprising a virtual master class on leading-edge Foley techniques, The Foley Grail covers just about everything a practitioner or observer of the Foley process would need to create convinving sounds for a variety of film and television...a must-have test for any post professional's bookshelf." - Mel Lambert, CineMontage

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240811253
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/6/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,317,787
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Vanessa Theme Ament is an award winning Foley Artist with over 25 years experience in film and television. Her expertise also includes Automated Dialogue Replacement and sound editing. In addition, Vanessa is an accomplished singer/songwriter. She has had her own sound effects company and published MovieSound Newsletter during the 80s and 90s. She continues to teach sound at colleges and universities and does presentations at film schools, festivals, radio and television.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Holy Foley: Evolution of a Craft; Chapter 2: Noise Vs. Sound: Foley As It Is Used in the Various Genres and Styles of Film, Animation and Games; Chapter 3: Single or Married: Foley Used Independently oe Combined with Sound Effects; Chapter 4: Fire In The Hole: The Players and Their Responsibilities; Chapter 5: Let's Go Ahead and Go Back: Spotting and Cueing; Chapter 6: Scene Change: The Foley Stage, Mixing Booth and Prop Room; Chapter 7: Walking in Their Shoes: Performing the Footsteps; Chapter 8: What We Use For...: Performing the Props; Chapter 9: Hang It As A Unit: The Knack For Sync; Chapter 10: Magic Wind: Unusual Foley Requests; Chapter 11: Mix and Match: The Foley Mixer; Chapter 12: I Miss Mag: Editing Foley; Chapter 13: Fix It In Post: The Dub; Chapter 14: Ivory Tower: The Film School; Chapter 15: Checkski:Perspectives of Experts

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Tornado

    YAH he laughs

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)