Swords sound a lot better when they’re not plastic. Unfortunately, the metal kind doesn’t come cheap, and we really didn’t want anybody to get hit with a real sword. So we used some plastic prop swords that look pretty good. One problem: no metal sword sound effects.
To fix this problem, I dug around in the garage and found some old pieces of metal. Time to have some fun doing foley work!
Foley is the art of creating sound effects with real props. However, the props sometimes are not anything like the item being represented. For more on foley, check out the DVD extras on animated movies (Monsters, Inc. is particularly good!). They usually show how they did lots of different sound effects.
Anyway, here are some photos of me creating some sounds.