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Foley is that sound in a multimedia production which is neither dialogue nor musical score. Persons who perform foley are called "foley artists". The process of foley recording is generally similar to that for ADR, in that foley artists will watch a scene play out, then synchronize their sound with the action on screen. The craft demands creativity from its practitioners. Foley artists must find and use objects in such a way as their sound unobtrusively "reads" true to the scene. For instance, the sound of David Tennant tossing catching his sonic screwdriver is achieved with a butterfly wine opener, yet is likely believed by the casual viewer to be the actual sound the prop makes when it is tossed around.

Foley pre-dates both television and "talking" motion pictures. Foley sound probably debuted in live theatre, in which special sounds, like a doorbell, would occasionally be required. Many live theatre productions would not have necessarily required a dedicated technician, but could instead have been "performed" by a simple stagehand. It came to be a proper "art form" with dedicated technicians during the era of live radio drama. Nevertheless, the name itself derives from Jack Donovan Foley, a sound editor at Universal Studios. The role of the foley artist has increased in direct relation to the ability to record and layer multiple sounds into a single soundtrack. In the 21st century, most film and television productions tend to foley virtually every possible sound, from those of footsteps to the clink of a fork on a dinner table.

During most of the classic era of Doctor Who, the number of tracks that could be layered into the completed soundtrack was limited. Thus, detailed foley work was impossible. Foley work was generally limited to futuristic objects, like the TARDIS, which absolutely required a distinctive sound. However, some would argue this is not truly foley work — but rather sound design — as such "special" sounds are not performed and captured live. Rather, sounds like that of the TARDIS dematerializing originate with ordinary objects but are then heavily treated and edited, and then saved for use as needed by the sound editor. Seen in this light, it may be correct to say that foley work in Doctor Who is limited to the McGann movie and the 2005 series.

Indeed, in the BBC Wales production of the show, each episode is meticulously combed for foley opportunities. Even minor sounds, such as the rustling of jewelry as an actor turns, is recorded on a special foley track, which is layered into the final soundtrack. Doctor Who now has at least two foley artists on its payrolls, Julie Ankerson and John Fewell. They, along with a foley studio recording session, were featured in the tenth episode of the fourth series of Doctor Who Confidential, in an episode entitled, "Look Who's Talking".

This episode additionally explained that the foley studio session was saved as its own track so that it could easily be temporarily removed. This makes it easier for foreign broadcasters to record a dialogue-only track, then nestle the new recording back into the overall soundtrack. This reduces the time necessary to dub the episode into another language, while retaining the integrity of the overall soundtrack.

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From Lostpedia

The Lost foley studio in Los Angeles (Lost: The Complete Third Season (DVD) extra "Lost in a Day")

A Foley artist is a type of audio engineer who is responsible for creating the sound effects for the audio track of a production. It is likely that most if not all of the Foley artists for the production of Lost are based in the ABC post-production facilities at the Disney Studios in Los Angeles.

Foley artists at work on Lost are featured in the DVD extra "Lost in a Day" on the Lost: The Complete Third Season (DVD), making sounds for the footsteps of Kate and Locke at 4:22- 4:34 pm.

Foley artists and foley mixers for Lost include:

See also

  • Awards - for nominations and awards for Foley artists

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The Foley (NCC-64748/02) was a Type-10 shuttlecraft assigned to the Saber-class USS Tucker in the mid-to-late 2370s. (Star Trek: Daedalus: "Krotek Nor")

The Royle is named in honor of Dr. Grace Foley, a character played by British actress Sue Johnston in the drama series, Waking the Dead. Johnston was also chose to portray Captain Hilary Preston.

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