Short Film: The Foley Artist

When watching a film, it is easy to forget the hundreds of processes it takes to complete it. You have editors, costume designers, sound designers and so forth all working tirelessly to complete a project. Building a film by committee is an integral part to the filmmaking process. The foley artist is one of those forgotten components in filmmaking. They are the people that makes all the ordinary sounds that is heard during a movie. When coffee is being poured into a pot or footsteps on a cobblestone street, it is most likely the product of a foley artist creating that sound from a studio. British photographer, Oliver Holms, makes his film debut as an ode to the foley artist. His debut short film, appropriately titled The Foley Artist, takes a hilarious approach to the way this trade can effect everyday life. As a model (Georgia Waters) wakes up and does her morning routine, Holms intercuts the work of the foley artist (Ian McNaughton) creating the sounds she makes. At first the sounds are produced the way you expected. An alarm clock ringing is done by placing a mic by an alarm clock or the rustling of blankets is created using a spray bottle. But, as the film progresses the chasm between the foley artist the finished product becomes greater and greater (Just know that there suddenly appears a cat and a duck). The juxtaposition of the perfectly lit model in a fashion film and a man all by himself in a recording studio is great fun. The film has been making the rounds of the festival circuits last year and won the Award of Excellence at the 2015 Best Shorts Competition. The Foley Artist is three minutes of bliss in a short film.