In the documentary film Actors of Sound, the viewer is transported into the dark, cluttered prop rooms where Foley artists make their magic. Exciting and sometimes hilarious footage features world renowned Foley artists manipulating props to create sounds, showcasing their truly unique creative process.
From footsteps to bone cracks, Foley artists bring films to life with their imaginative sound effects, but as digital technology goes full speed ahead in 21st century movie-making, can Hollywood’s low tech Foley artist survive in this high tech age?
Through interviews with Directors, Foley artists and Sound Supervising Editors, Actors of Sound examines every facet of this craft, illuminating the impact technology is having on Foley.
WHY THIS PROJECT?
Even though Foley is one of the most fascinating and essential art forms in post production sound in motion pictures, until now, it has been kept behind the scenes. By making this film, I am helping bring awareness to this vital, yet under appreciated art form, and also bring the artists who practice it the recognition they deserve.
Foley Art is the process of creating sound for images on screen. When a film is shot, the sound is not necessarily recorded on location. During that time the focus is on the dialogue, so any other sound has to be recreated in post-production, inside of a sound studio called the Foley-stage. In the studio, the Foley artist performs the sounds synced to the motion picture to enhance the action of the story.
Foley artists recreate the realistic ambient sounds seen on the screen — Footsteps, clinking silverware, the rustle of clothing, punches, kisses; These sounds and more are all created organically on the Foley-stage.
A Foley-studio is where the Foley process takes place. It consists of a stage with different surfaces, and is surrounded by a huge variety of props. The props are considered to be anything movable or portable used on stage to make the sounds.
HOW WE WILL USE THE FUNDS
Travel to Los Angeles to shoot the last chapter of the film, which will focus on the future of Foley, featuring young aspiring Foley artists starting their careers. We will also shoot more footage of our characters performing Foley.
- Color Correction
- Original Music
- Sound Mixing
- Legal Fees
- Fair Use Fees
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Lalo Molina. Lalo studied film in Mexico City. In 2003 he moved to New York where he earned an M.A. in media studies with a focus on Film at The New School. Lalo is an independent filmmaker with a versatile track record shooting and editing creative videos, documentaries, travel shows, news, and web branded content for broadcast TV, online media companies, and advertising/PR agencies including: HBO, Mundo Fox, Turner TV, Univision, Meredith, Yahoo, FIFA, and HITN. Actors of Sound is his debut as a documentary director.
CO-PRODUCER & EDITOR
Gustavo Bernal. Gustavo started his film making career in 1993 as a film editor at Bolivar Films, one of the largest production companies in Venezuela. He has earned several international awards and recognitions as a director and editor. His passion for advertising allowed him to become a head producer at WBTV Latin America where he created campaigns for different TV shows including: West Wing, Gilmore Girls, and Smallville. He moved to New York City in 2003 to continue pursuing his career in post-production. While in New York he has been involved in numerous editing projects with brands and musicians such as: Direct TV, Nissan, Warner Brothers, Moby, and Lilly Allen. He is currently focused on working in different environments from editorial houses, TV networks, and Ad agencies, to independent production and visual effects.
CO-PRODUCER: NY& LA (2011-2013)
Zoë Willoughby. Zoë is an Irish video producer based in Berlin and formerly in NYC. Upon completing her film studies in Dublin, she shipped herself off to Austin, TX and then NYC where she first cut her teeth on film sets. She has extensive experience producing and directing videos and web content for broadcast, online media companies and advertising agencies. She recently completed a mini documentary web series about individuals across the five boroughs of NYC that are innovating in the realm of design, art, technology, and urban farming. This was a project that allowed her to conceive and produce rich stories. Equipped with an inquisitive mind and a penchant for storytelling, she is most comfortable behind the camera, researching and interviewing subjects. Actors of Sound is Zoë’s first Co-producing collaboration on a feature length documentary and has been the most exciting and inspiring documentary project to date.
SEGMENT PRODUCERS INDIA
Rupa Shukla Ahire. During her career span of fifteen years in the Hindi Film Industry (Bollywood), Rupa Shukla Ahire has explored various aspects of Film Making like Sound Design, Editing, Direction, Writing, Camera, Post‐Production and Production. She has worked on more than sixty feature films, twenty documentaries and numerous short films and commercials in different categories.
Ameet Ahire. Film Sound Designer, Associate Director, Writer, Cameraman and Producer. Ameet has been working in the Indian Film Industry for fifteen years and has made more than a hundred films. He began as a Background Score Editor on Tele-Films and TV shows, and later worked as Foley Artist and Sound Recordist in Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad. He was designated as Chief Sound Recordist at Shree Lakshmi Studio (Mumbai). Amen and Rupa Shukla Ahire joined Studio One‐Empire House and later started freelancing. The couple has served as ADR /Dubbing Recordist, Dialogue Editor, Foley Recordist and Supervisor and Sound Effects Editor. Together they have Sound Designed films like Road to Sangam, Dilli Gang, Khwaabb, Mumbai Mirror, Jackpot, and more.
Lalo Molina: Dynamic and professional Videographer and DP with a versatile track record in shooting creative Documentaries, travel shows, Documentary series, music videos, short films, news and corporate videos for broadcast TV national and internationals shows including: Mundo Fox, Turner TV, Univision, Meredith, Yahoo, FIFA, The Elevator, Badder Tv and HITN.
Alejandro Jano Mejia. Alejandro is a lefty Mexican-born cinematographer whose work has been featured at Berlin, TriBeCa, Slamdance, Cabos, Vancouver, Rio de Janeiro and Morelia among other film festivals around the world. Stay Awake directed by Jamie Sysley wins the jury award for best narrative short film at Slamdance 2015. Based in Brooklyn, NY, his work ranges from fashion films and commercials for brands such as Nike and Red Bull to music videos and film. He directed episodes of the TV show Sesiones for Sony Latin American Television. He is the Co-Producer of ‘A Secret World’ by director Gabriel Mariño, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, and his first feature as a DP, Asteroid, premiered at the 2014 Miami Film Festival.
Guillermo Peña Tapia
Charles L. Campbell
Marko A. Costanzo
George A. Lara
Donald W. MacDougall
Kitty Vevaann Malone
James M. Nelson
WHY SHOULD I PLEDGE?
By backing our Kickstarter campaign, you will make this film possible, supporting post production costs including: Editing, Color Correction, Sound Mixing, Original Score, Copyrights and Foley.
Your contribution will help bring awareness to the amazing, yet under appreciated art form called Foley, and bring recognition to the artists who practice it.
Here is a sneak peek of how the Limited Edition 'I HEART FOLEY' T-shirt and Tote bag will look like.
Our most generous backers will experience a private studio visit with Foley artist Jay Peck at the Stepping Stone Foley Studio in New York or with Foley artist Gregg Barbanell at the Burbank Foley Stage in California.
Risks and challenges
One of the major challenges of this project is the fact that we need to use different film clips to show the audience how these great artists perform and recreate the scenes inside the iconic Foley studios. We have to build a Fair Use case that allows us as filmmakers to use these clips to show how the sounds are performed. Part of the money we raise will be used to pay the lawyers who will help us build the Fair Use case.
Another challenge is that since we started shooting the documentary four and a half years ago, we have used four different cameras. This means we need to perform extensive color correction work in order to correct all the footage. Part of the money we raise will be used for this stage of Post-Production.
The last challenge is the sound mixing. Since this film is about Foley art, sound is a vital element of our project. The documentary needs extensive work in sound mixing, music score and Foley.
With our effort and your help we are certain that we will be able to accomplish all our challenges before the year ends.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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