Gayle Anderson was live in Los Angeles for "BLACK HISTORY MONTH-JESSE DODD:RE-RECORDING MIXER" who has worked in the film and TV industry for over 40 years, on films and TV shows such as Up all Night, Grimm, Hell on Wheels, The Help (2011), Friends with Benefits (2011), Entourage, The Bernie Mac Show, and The Bodyguard (1992). While viewers will not recognize her face from these shows, they have definitely heard her work. Ms. Dodd is an audio engineer and ADR/ re-recording mixer for TV and film. Adam DeCoster, who works with Jesse Dodd, is a foley artist.

What is foley? Foley is the reproduction of everyday sounds for use in filmmaking and television. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. The best foley art is so well integrated into a film that it goes unnoticed by the audience, but helps create a sense of reality within a scene. Crucial to the magic of movie-making, foley artists use foley sounds to cover up unwanted sounds captured on the set of a movie during filming and enhance the auditory experience overall.

Foley art began in 1927 and is named after Jack Foley, who started working with Universal Studios in 1914 during the silent movie era. After the release of The Jazz Singer by Warner Brothers, Universal also wanted to make a "talking picture". Foley joined the sound crew for Universal's Show Boat. Because the microphones used for filming could not pick up more than dialogue, other sounds had to be added in after the film was shot. Foley and his small crew would project the film on a screen while recording audio that would capture their live sound effects in real time. Their timing had to be perfect in order to sync the sounds with the actor's motions. A pioneer and innovator in sound effects for the industry, Jack Foley continued working creating sounds until his death in 1967. His methods for creating foley are still employed today.

Interested in a career as a Foley artist? Becoming a foley artist is a competitive field to get into. This job requires a creative thinker, someone who is observant and has a keen ear for subtle sonic differences. There are no specific educational requirements for this job. Most Foley artists pick up the craft while training under a veteran mentor. To learn how best to approximate the sound of ribs cracking or laundry blowing in the wind, you'll just have to experiment for yourself. However, an education in audio production and recording arts can give you the necessary technical expertise, and coursework in film and TV production can teach you about the post-production process.

For more information about the Foley profession, contact:

The Los Angeles Recording School
6690 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
(888) 688-5277
(323) 464-5200

Moviola Digital Arts Institute
Hollywood: 1135 N Mansfield Ave
Hollywood, CA 90038

(323) 467-1116
New York: 545 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

(212) 247-8722