Foley is the sound of footsteps (human, animal, or robot), leather coats, pen strokes, flying debris, cup pick-ups/put-downs, fist fights etc. The recording of Foley is the most demanding, complex, and fun of all engineering. The level or gain of the microphones used for Foley recording is often very high, and requires that a Foley engineer be precise, technical, creative, and versatile all at the same time.
Outpost Studios’ custom Foley pits feature dirt, gravel, hay, sand, marble, brick, slate, linoleum, wood, and three different concrete surfaces
At Outpost we have hosted the most creative and capable Foley talent in the bay area. Ellen Heuer, Marnie Moore, Jennifer Myers, Jana Vance, Leslie Bloom, Dian Langlois, and Ronni Brown are among this creative fraternity. Dave Nelson has engineered these demanding sessions and is also a seasoned Foley editor.Dave pioneered the act of recording Foley directly into ProTools, which has since become the industry standard due to its speed and versatility. Outpost was chosen by Focus Films as the Foley studio for Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. After tracking Foley for the film, the Saul Zaentz film center donated their entire Foley collection to Outpost Studios. Jim Lively regularly records Foley in Outpost as well for the animated series, Happy Tree Friends.
Take a look at this in depth interview, by Jennifer Walden, with founder Dave Nelson about the aspects of digital foley in today’s industry.
‘Dave Nelson, owner/supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer at Outpost Studios in San Francisco, has an economical solution: using Foley Collection and Kontakt 5 to track Foley when filmmakers can’t afford live Foley sessions. “Films that aren’t financially successful here in the United States often do really well in foreign countries because people are fascinated with American lifestyle.”
Outpost Studios offers 7.1/5.1 Dolby mixing, dialogue editing, sound design, music composition, Foley, ADR and voice recording for the film, digital media and audio book industries. In addition to working in the studio, Nelson also teaches Music Editing for Film at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.’