To begin, I took the assignment description advice and made a list of every action item that would require a sound. Here’s what I came up with:
- Dog growling
- Shhhh sound
- “Open the door, quick!” (My translation)
- Gasp as woman faints
- Scratch of the head
- Sound of food falling on the ground
- Lion yawning
- Sound of food falling
- Food crate falling
- Bang as Charlie hits the back of the cage
- Heavy breathing as the lion comes close
I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to incorporate all of these sound elements, so I walked through it a couple times in my head to see which made sense. I then gathered my sound creation elements and experimented with how the sounds interacted and practiced switching between them quickly.
My husband thought I was going crazy for a second, and walked over to see what was going on. I took that as an opportunity to get him involved as my Foley partner.
Here’s the final product.
Now that you’ve heard the track, I can give away my secrets. This is my makeshift Foley studio.
Let’s walk through the sound elements once more.
- Dog growling (dragging the glass canister across the burlap table cloth)
- Shhhh sound (my husband)
- “Open the door, quick!” (my husband)
- Gasp as woman faints (myself)
- Scratch of the head (scratching the burlap table cloth)
- Sound of food falling on the ground (throwing the grains into the stainless steel mixing bowl)
- Lion yawning (my husband)
- Sound of food falling (throwing the grains into the stainless steel mixing bowl)
- Food crate falling (dropping the mixing bowl on the table)
- Bang as Charlie hits the back of the cage (me banging on the table)
- Heavy breathing as the lion comes close (my husband)
I recorded the sounds directly into SoundCloud and then embedded the sound clip into this blog. I was surprised at how simple the sounds were to create without fancy equipment or a “studio,” although I did realize why this is usually a multiple person job, it’s hard to move that quickly between sounds!