Author: Vanessa Theme Ament

Vanessa Theme Ament

Vanessa Theme Ament is a professional Foley artist whose credits include Platoon, Clue, Predator, Die Hard, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Noises Off, Beauty and the Beast, and other movies in addition to a long list of television shows. Vanessa is also an accomplished singer/songerwriter, sound editor, and teacher. Currently completing a PhD at Georgia State University, her dissertation examines how the cultural geography of Hollywood, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York has influenced the transition from analogue to digital sound.

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Jack Foley displaying his notable whimsy, with granddaughter Catherine Clark, partially seen, sitting at his side. Photo courtesy of Catherine Clark.

Holey Foley: The Man Behind The Craft

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THE UNITED STATES It is important to state, at the onset, that many sound professionals assumed Jack Foley—the man for whom the craft is named—was a sound editor who began to perform footstep cues for his own reels, and thus began a career of doing those of other editors who had neither the talent nor…

Chace Audio prop room. Many props organized for easy location of specific props. Photo courtesy of Steve Lee, Hollywood Lost and Found.

Should a Foley Artist Divulge Their Methods?

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One of the first questions that a Foley artist will be asked, whether it is a formal interview or a casual encounter is, “What did you use for (name of prop or event) in (name of movie)?” Most Foley artists, unless they have specific and routine props for most cues will respond with, “I don’t…

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