I was preparing for a career in Foley. Whether I was imitating a birdcall that I heard during recess or pantomiming the rhythm of Miss Brady’s heels clip-clopping down the hall, I’ve always had a heightened awareness of sound and movement. […]
The first Foley artist to receive the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (MPSE) Career Achievement Award, Foley artist John Roesch has contributed to over 400 movies in the last four decades, including — to name a very few — Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Back to the Future (1985), Unforgiven (1992), The Matrix (1999) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), the latter for which he received two MPSE Golden Reel Awards nominations as part of the film’s sound editing team. He was presented the award acknowledging his career accomplishments at the MPSE’s 60th annual Golden Reel Awards on February 17.
What is a Foley artist? 41 years after its namesake’s death, Foley is among the last bastions of organic filmmaking––a cinematic art that is still relatively untouched by the digital revolution, and whose true origin belongs more to the Golden Age of radio than to the visual medium it so greatly enhances. […]
Foley was a name that stuck to the process, the location and the very special group of craftspeople who became, next to the physical actors, perhaps the most important performers in a motion picture. […]