The rattling of car keys, a door slamming, the clatter of plates. Of ordinary, every day sounds, foley artist Alyson Dee Moore re-create, in an extraordinary way. “You can’t know what you mean, but you’ve heard, ” she said in a video revealing how it creates the sound effects in films such as The Matrix, The Dark Knight, and Frozen.
Moore has been a foley artist for over 30 years, meticulously recreate the sound effects that are timed to match what is happening on the screen. “You shouldn’t notice – it should just fit perfectly.”
The video offers a glimpse inside the Moore studio, which is “full of junk” – scuffed shoes, bunch of flower pots, crutches leaning against the wall and the shelves filled with coconut shells. And there is an overview of the process of decision-sounds like space helmets of collision (involving a pine cone) or joints of cracking (using raw lasagna noodles). As Moore’s mixer Mary Jo Lang comments, “Foley is a unique kind of sound, because it is larger than life, but it always seems like life”.