Week 3:Unit 3:w/c 3.10: How to become a foley and sound engineer


How to become one :

Foley engineer –

this is the role for creating the various sounds but physically rather than digitally.Such as finding ways to portray the audio of the horses stirrup clanging together and most of the time when filming they either lose the sound or end up focusing on just the visuals instead.

Sound engineer –

This is the designer of sound whether that is through knowing what each of the different mics go with what polar pattern in which they plan out through storyboarding the placement of the mic.What will they exactly use? Each polar pattern is dependent on how specific you may  want the sound or whether the actor/character vocal is loud or quiet.

Career path :

The theatre –

This is a perfect example for work experience, within theatre it is quite similar to how they use sound, although you won’t get the chance to use a boom mic,however, it is still experience which will help you gain more knowledge and skill for the subject on sound.

Shadow a person –

Shadowing a person is quite similar to work experience, however, more observational to a specific subject and role rather than them trying to find things for you to do which may have no relation to what you really want to do which the work experience is.

University –

this will always be option that comes up through learning about the different roles within the film and tv industry. It is  because it allows you to gain contacts,knowledge,skill, a qualification ,and work experience. Most of the time within  University courses you may not find a specific course for the subject so one of the courses would be film and tv production this covers most aspects of being in the film industry such as directing, location manager,lighting or sound engineer.

Here are two examples of the courses you can take for being a Foley or sound engineer :

Anglia Ruskin University: Creative music technology BA (Hons):3 years –  This is surrounded by making music and sound art through digital technology. Which supports wanting to become a sound designer.

University of Bolton: Sound engineering & Design (Fdsc): 2 years –  This is one of the few courses that mainly specifies in becoming a foley or sound engineer, You will be learning about how the various sound software work so then when going onto year two you will have more knowledge, For learning about the fundamentals of foley and sound effects e.g.

A career path of a famous sound engineer :

Another thing to do research on is a famous sound engineer to see how they became who they are today, a sound engineer.

American film and television  Foley artist,Gregg Barbanell who has worked on oscar winning film the (Renervant,2015) He first started being involved in theatre whilst at high school, Only after a year in theatre  he  reapplied to a the California institute of the arts, after the  2 years he graduated. Barbanell continued onto to find work as assistant sound editor and within a year he was promoted to a supervising editor and worked for a company called Mag City,Inc which he began to attract the likes of John carpenter for the fog (1980) through his seven years of supervising he stopped being a sound editor and changed roles as an in 1978  foley artist in which he still continues on doing.

Barbanell. (2016) IMDB.

Films he has worked on :

The Fast on Furious (2001)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

The Renervant (2015)


Harvard reference :

 Barbanell, G. (2016) IMBD. Available at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0053203/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm (Accessed: 07.10.16).

Fast and Furious (2001) Directed by Rob Cohen [Film]. Universal City, Calif: Universal studios

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris [Film]. Century City, Calif: Fox searchlight Pictures.

Pyramid inc(2016) No Name. Available at:http://www.pyramind.com/about-us/studios/studio-a/ (Accessed/downloaded: 07.10.16).

The Renervant (2015) Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu [Film]. Los Angeles, Calif: Regency Enterprises.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: