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So you've edited your dialogue and ADR. What's next? Foley.
Foley is any sound effect that you create after the shoot – opening a soda can, punches, a car starting, footsteps, monster sounds, etc. On some shoots there are sounds that you don't record – if you film a fight, for example, you won't record sounds of punches because your actors aren't really hitting each other. Or if you had unusable audio and have to replace missing sounds you will need to do foley – even in the most mundane scenes of two people walking down the street there are sounds of footsteps, cars passing by, birds, etc.
Foley is very important because if you do it right the audience won't know that you've done anything at all. But if it isn't there they will know that something is missing, even if they can't tell you what it is. You don't want someone to feel that way when watching your movie.
Many foley sounds don't sound like they do in real life, but in the movies we expect them to sound a certain way. Punches are a great example. Pick any action movie and any time someone is punched it sounds like a big, meaty whack. Real punches don't sound this way, but we expect them to in the movies. A lot of foley sounds are like this. If you've watched a lot of movies or TV you probably know what certain foley sounds should sound like – you just need to think about it, or watch a movie that has a sound you like and listen closely.
Sometimes you will make foley sounds to make special fx come to life. For example, if you have a monster in your movie then the only noises it made on set were the sounds of the operator making it move, or maybe someone going “Grrrr.” These sounds won't work in your movie – as far as the audience knows, the monster is real in your story and should make its own sounds. You can have a lot of fun with foley in a situation like this – taking many sounds from the real world and combining them to make something new. Be creative!
There are lots of great web clips on youtube that show you how to do foley sounds, and can give you some great ideas. Like many things in filmmaking, there aren't many crew members involved in recording foley – two people is usually good, one to make the sound and the other to record it. All you need is your time.
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