Preeminent Foley Artist, Marnie Moore, Visits Cogswell College

Marnie Moore

Marnie Moore stopped by Cogswell in March to lend her extensive expertise in Foley recording techniques as the audio crew for the latest Project X film fine-tuned its work for the final edits. With more than 25 years experience in the audio recording industry, Moore's film and game credits include: Seven, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Sixth Sense, Jurassic Park, The English Patient, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Star Wars: Battlefront, Star Wars: Episode III and Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation.

Foley artists bring realism to a film or game by recreating the sounds that the audience would expect to hear. These sounds are generated in a recording studio and include things like footsteps, the crunch of snow under car tires and the rustle of clothing. According to Moore, a good Foley artist must be very observant about the world around them in order to ensure that the sounds they create are realistic.

In Worlds Apart, the new Project X film, Cogswell Foley artists produced slamming doors, footsteps, the creaking of an old house in a storm, spaceships and aliens communicating.

"The work these students did on this film was very well done, very professional," said Moore.

The student audio team for Worlds Apart spent the past year working on the project and provided both the Foley work and the original score for the film.

Moore began her professional career as a recording engineer with Russian Hill Recording where she met and apprenticed with Dennie Thorpe, the leading Foley artist in the San Francisco Bay Area at the time. Eventually Moore alternately worked for Skywalker Sound in Marin and Fantasy Studios in Berkeley.

"I was attracted to Foley because figuring out how to produce the sounds is fascinating and demands a high level of creativity," said Moore, "but you have to balance that positive against the really bad schedule and tight deadlines. Getting into the profession is difficult but I couldn't imagine doing anything else."

April 8, 2011