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#7: Footsteps

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Sounds Familiar

Blake Cooper

Buffalo, NY

Description: Sounds Familiar is a podcast about patterns in popular media. My goal is to find the interesting stories and surprising connections hidden underneath these patterns, and prove how the most mundane or cliche parts of our existence can still surprise us.

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#7: Footsteps

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We hear a lot about the work goes into getting the eye-grabbing visuals Hollywood blockbusters… but how much work goes into getting the sounds? You may be surprised to learn that behind, not just the explosions and fight scenes, but behind every door creaking, every clothing rustle, behind every footstep is the careful work of a foley artist, a sound designer whose job it is to make sure you hear the sounds you expect to hear, when you expect to hear them.

How do they do it? What does it take to be the people behind the sounds behind the biggest stars in cinema? Today we’re looking at the performance behind the performance. It’s foley artists, on Sounds Familiar.

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