Short Film about a Foley Artist
October 27, 2010 11:37 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to find the name of an old short film (circa 70's-90's) about a Foley artist / showman performing Foley sound effects live to a film that is being projected in an ornate theater, with a number of props laid out in front of him.
posted by SmileyChewtrain to media & arts (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
It's been a long time since I've seen this short film, maybe 10 years, so I can't remember many other details. I probably saw it in film school. It felt like it was made between the late 70's to early 90's. One detail I recall is that a section of the film he was foley'ing included a train - and maybe horses, since I can also vaguely remember the classic "coconuts for horse hooves" trick being used. I'm pretty sure the showman himself was dressed in something very formal - like an orchestra conductor outfit; something "grand," like a magician. He'd run around like made and we'd get to see him utilize various props to create the sounds of the actions on screen. I might be mistaken but I think the theater might have been empty - no audience. In either case, the film focused on the Foley artist first and foremost.
I've worked with a number of foley artists since then and it often comes up, but no one has seen it or heard of it. It's a great little piece, and I'd like to try and find it again. I have a fleeting suspicion it was called something like "The Artist" or "The Foley Artist" or "The Master," - something grandiose like that, but IMDB searches yield nothing useful and the terms are a bit too loose for help from Google.
Any help to point me in the right direction, or where to find it, would be awesome. At the very least, corroboration that this film even exists would be great!