that moved,' asserts Dennie Thorpe, who, along with Jana Vance, was
one of the Foley artists on the film.
Thorpe and Vance divided
the main characters between them; the former taking care of footsteps
and so forth for Anakin
'With whatever we
do, we always want to convey that there's a reason for us to make a
specific sound,' says Thorpe.
'For instance, there's
kind of a cute scene between Jar Jar and another character named Sebulba
that takes place in a
'By that time we'd already
gone out shopping and acquired all of our props, because on this film
we weren't completely set up
'That worked very well for us, a large part of the solution being the EQ that Tony came up with.
Then, when the characters were shot up or blown apart, we'd use various old vacuum cleaners, jacks, drills and heavy pieces of iron, so that each head and arm and leg and hand and maybe torso had a sound of its own. Added to that were the sounds of the characters touching themselves or each other, and being that a lot of them are not people we would use pineapples or coconuts or even cantalopes for their skin surfaces.'
Dennie Thorpe also did Foley work on Return of the Jedi back in 1983, a film in which C-3PO had a somewhat more complete appearance than the skin-less, work-in-progress look that he boasts in The Phantom Menace.
'He had a whole different set of sounds in Jedi,' says Thorpe. 'For this movie we just ended up using a large stainless steel salad bowl with wires, whereas in Jedi--where you couldn't see inside of him--we manipulated ice trays along with some other aluminium, metallic sounds. There again, in both films his feet are complete, and so for those I used these really old-fashioned, 18-inch-long kid's skis that sound sort of like flippers when you put them on and walk on the various surfaces.
'Foley can be a bit
mysterious when you're sitting up in the control room because you don't
know what we're using, but then
'We knew right from
the beginning what effects could do and what Foley could do,' adds Tom
Bellfort, 'and so the tracks
Excerpt from "Soundings from The Phantom Menace"
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