Foley Artists and Mixers Create Big-Screen Sounds Out of Common Items and Imagination

 Mary Jo Lang

Behind the scenes of blockbuster movies like "Transformers," "The Matrix" and "Braveheart" is the foley stage -- a cluttered studio full of noisy knick-knacks and a soft-spoken woman named Mary Jo Lang.

Lang is one of the few female foley mixers in the world, recording sound effects created by foley artists and then mixing them to enhance a film's audio. The people who record sound on movie sets are primarily there to capture dialogue -- not buildings falling, or doors closing or silverware clinking.

There are more than 100 foley artists around the world concocting those sounds from their imaginations, and a mere 50 foley mixers who seamlessly work the sounds into the movies.

(Source: ABC News)

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