1. Groans and roars of monsters — rubbing on a balloonTo recreate a complicated roar, something really harmless is used — a simple balloon! For example, in the 2014 remake of Godzilla, Foley artists used an inflated balloon to make most of their roaring sounds. They rubbed on it and recorded the result
2. Pouring rain sounds — fried baconSometimes Foley artists don’t need to wait for bad weather conditions to record rain sounds. In fact, sometimes real rain sounds aren’t as loud as they need them to be. In this case, the sound of bacon sizzling on a pan is just perfect. They also may use the sound of falling rice for the same purpose
3. Crushing sounds — celeryThe sound of breaking bones or crushing things under a big creature’s feet doesn’t actually require harming anyone. In reality, it’s way more humane — they just use a piece of celery. Its sounds are perfect for imitating anything crunchy and you won’t ever suspect the difference!
4. Walking horse sounds — coconutsWhen you knock dried empty coconuts on a hard surface, it makes a familiar sound. Yep, it’s the sound horse hooves make while hitting the ground. This improvised tool can help to create any kind of pace with any mood. It’s a cheap and easy alternative for Foley artists!
5. The sound of shooting and replacing arrows — bambooIt’s hard to catch the sound of flying arrows while filming. What’s even harder is being able to catch the sound of running low on arrows. In this situation, a small stick of bamboo can save the day. By quickly waving this stick in front of a microphone, Foley artists manage to capture the needed effect.
6. The sound of gunshots — staple gunsA heavy staple gun is a perfect object to create the sound of a shooting gun. It allows an artist to control the scene and add more or less special effects to it. Together with sound, producers are able to recreate the most original, thrilling gun sound
7. Walking in the snow — cornstarchWalking in crunchy, fresh snow sounds truly amazing. Cornstarch is a great substitution to recreate it inside a studio. Artists pour out a large amount of it into a huge box, wear some special shoes, and start stepping. On a recording, you can’t even tell for sure whether it’s a real snow sound or if it’s the work of a Foley artist.
8. Thunder sounds — aluminum sheetsDifferent objects can be used to create realistic sounds and one of them is a huge sheet of aluminum foil. Swinging and shaking it in front of a microphone can remind listeners of thunder. After adding some more side effects, this can be used for films that feature bad weather conditions.
9. Punching sounds — pieces of meatNo bruises have to be created during this process. To create the sounds of slapping and hitting, artists use raw meat that falls onto a hard surface. They also sometimes punch the meat. A more humane version can be done using a big book, though they also have to drop it onto something hard.
10. Swinging — rusty hingesSwinging sounds can be used in different movies to create a tense atmosphere. For this, Foley artists use things like rusty hinges. They also use these to create the sounds of old, creaky doors. This sound is ideal for creeping out scary movie-goers
11. Heartbeat sounds — trash cansA lot of touching or scary moments require the sound of a heartbeat to make the situation more emotional. Plastic trash cans may not be that romantic, but they’re great at creating the needed heartbeat sound. Artists flip them over and rhythmically press on the bottom to achieve the desired result
12. Sounds of kisses — arms and lipsThis Foley technique is fun, fast and easy. To create a nice kissing sound, artists will often kiss their own hands. They give those hands a smooch to create a romantic moment full of love and affection! For even better results they may also apply some water to their lips before kissing their hands.
13. The sound of a falling body — big booksNormally, a body falling onto the ground makes a clunking sound. Foley artists use an easy method to recreate this sound without inflicting any pain by using big books. By making these books fall or even slam onto the ground or other surfaces, they achieve the needed sound.
14. Сrackling fire sounds — bubble wrap or cooking paperReal fire doesn’t always make tons of crackling noises, though they still sound really soothing and sometimes satisfying. Crinkling bubble wrap or baking paper comes in handy to create a proper atmosphere for any film. But the process isn’t exactly relaxing for Foley artists
15. Hatching or cracking egg sounds — ice cream conesA dry ice cream cone is used to create the sound of an eggshell being cracked. In some films, different creatures hatch from various eggs. In this case, artists squish melons while wearing rubber gloves covered in liquid soap — a wet sound is guaranteed!