August 22, 2011, - 3:53 pm

VIDEO: COOLEST JOB Ever! (Why the Woman in the Movie Sounds Like a Man When She Walks)

By Debbie Schlussel

Marko Costanzo of New Jersey has what seems like the most fun job ever.  Soooo cool.  If you’ve ever wondered why the woman walking in the movie has a stronger, louder gait than most women, well, here’s why . . . and other answers to stuff you probably never wondered about. They didn’t answer the biggest question, though: How much does he get paid for this?

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Hey, as a former “Doc Hollywood,” (I moved from LA to AL to start my 1st practice), I knew all about Foley artists, as do my kids.

Occam's Tool on August 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Pay of Foley Artists can go up to around $94,000/yr. I’m sure there is more pay for the elite of the business.

Occam's Tool on August 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Back in the 80′s I worked in a recording studio that did video sweetening including some foley. I had a blast. One of the films I worked on, I had to create the sound of a guy peeing on a tree (not being a guy, I couldn’t go out and record myself :)). It was great fun.

Janne on August 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I love stuff like this. I saw something akin to the report years ago and so now when I go to the movies and I hear a distinctive sound, I try to figure out what is REALLY making the sound. Very, very, cool!

Skunky on August 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Anyone who’s ever witnessed a real boxing match knows that when a glove connects with an opponent’s chin, it barely makes any sound at all. It’s only in movies that it always sounds something like the velociraptors jumping up on the sink in the kitchen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnRxQ3dcaQk

Irving on August 22, 2011 at 7:15 pm

If you do what you love for a living you’ll never work a day in your life.

T.Y. on August 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm

He is wrong when he said the best garbage is in L.A. Actually the best useless garbage is in Dearbornstan MI.

Daniel. on August 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Lol, the horseride sound is done almost like in “Monty Python and Holy Grail” :)

gr77 on August 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm

This practice is nothing new. It dates back to the days when radio was THE only entertainment medium out there. There were people who amid the large radio studio, audience and live orchestra were those people who did the sound effects LIVE. For example, a pile of pots and pans and assorted junk would be used whenever Fibber McGee would open the door to his overstuffed closet, leading to all kinds of chaos. And guns would be fired off in crime dramas…assuming of course with blanks aimed at the top of the studio. Of course during live radio, one screw-up…and it’s all shot to heck, and in a comedy show leads to unintended laughs.

As time went along those sounds were pre-recorded onto discs or transcribed to be played at the appropriate time in the script.

Bob Porrazzo on August 25, 2011 at 6:31 am

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