Questions tagged [sound-effects]

Sound effects (or audio effects) are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of films.

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What actually happens when a telephone rings in a movie or TV show?

In a movie or TV show, when a telephone rings is the sound coming from The actual telephone in the studio/location? A person from the crew creating a ringing sound? Post-production? For example, I ...
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First example of “ringing in ears” sound design?

I was randomly reminded of the amazing aspects of the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan today. I remember when I first saw it, I was struck by the genius of the following sound design: When a bomb ...
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Why do old gun fight scenes sound so weird and cartoonish?

In older movies (pre-90's), many gun fight scenes have cartoon sounds. I can almost imagine the scene drawn and the words KAPOING, POW, ZOINK being shown. Here's an example from 007. ...
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Why do movies think the speed of sound is as fast as the speed of light?

In action movies where things blow up or heroes are shot by snipers from a long distance, or where fireworks are shown, the sound and the flash of the thing making the sound usually occur ...
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Why do old movies sound like old movies?

There seems to be a distinctive "old movie" sound. The accents (often British, or some weird American-British hybrid), the delivery of lines (if I talked to somebody the way these lines are delivered, ...
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Adult talking in Peanuts

I have always wondered: why do adults in Peanuts not really talk? Why do they only make that wah wah wah noise? (By the way, what was it? That sounds like a trombone or a trumpet with a mute.)
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Why do movies & TV use this police radio clip over and over?

Quick background The sound I am referring to can be heard in this video, in the police radio at 0.26. It sounds like, "one-four-one celibacy". I've noticed this sound for a long time. So, the ...
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Do they still use tiger roars in the 2019 “Lion King” movie?

In the original Lion King movie, the lion's roars (or at least Mufasa's) was not actually a lion's roar; it was a combination of other sounds. From the wikia: The roar that Mufasa roars offscreen ...
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What did they use to make the Jetsons flying car sound effects?

How did the Foley artist make the futuristic Jetson flying car sounds in 1962?
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What was used to create the hyperspace jump sounds in the original Star Wars trilogy?

In A New Hope and the other original trilogy movies, the Millennium Falcon would make a couple sounds as it jumped to light speed. First there was a kind of charging effect sound as the stars begin ...
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Laughter in Comedic TV Shows

In many comedy series like Friends and How I Met Your Mother we hear laughter in funny scenes. Where does this sound come from? Is it a recorded sound or is it from real audiences?
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Was the famous “Wilhelm Scream” used in “The Last Jedi?”

Did the famous Wilhelm Scream, used in all the previous Star Wars films, appear in The Last Jedi?
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Was the famous “Wilhelm Scream” used in “The Force Awakens?”

The “Wilhelm Scream” is a stock sound-effect that has been used in hundreds of films over the years as an inside-joke/homage among filmmakers. It was first heard in the 1951 film Distant Drums but is ...
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What's with Interstellar's strange sound mixing?

I hope this question doesn't come across as too opinion-based, but when watching Interstellar I noticed, that the sound mixing was a bit "off". Dialogue was sometimes very hard to understand and ...
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Why do punches sound like a “slap” in older movies?

Almost all of the of the older movies (from 25-40 years ago) that feature fighting scenes seem to have a very common depiction of a punch that sounds like a slap. I could never understand why did they ...
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In Bollywood, do they play the song while shooting?

Song sequences are an integral part of the Bollywood movies. In fact, it's an integral part in almost all Indian movies. Quite often, these songs are solely responsible for the commercial success of ...
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What sounds from the Star Wars franchise feature the “Robin Hood Arrow”?

Sound designer Ben Burtt has worked on 7 Star Wars films as a sound designer. He claims that his favorite sound is from the 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood. My favorite sound is the "...
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How did they make the Inception sound?

I've noticed that deep bwaaah sound from Inception in several movies and trailers. Apparently others have too--hear a montage of similar sounds (collected by Gregory Porter). I found some info on ...
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Why do so many movies still use the Wilhelm scream?

Why do so many movies still use the Wilhelm scream? Is it sort of a running joke throughout cinema? It seems like you could find thousands of other audio files of screams. The Wilhelm scream is a ...
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In the title sequence, what is the strange futuristic noise/blinking effect?

During the title sequence of Game of Thrones, just after the camera pans up the frozen wall, there is a 'blinking' effect and a strange futuristic sound. Is this supposed to represent something ...
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How is the “skid to a stop” cartoon stock sound effect done?

You know the one I'm talking about. A cartoon character is running, and then suddenly they have to stop, so they dig their heels in, lean back, and skid to a stop, accompanied by a rapid-fire series ...
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Did Brazil carry a disclaimer about its uncomfortably loud volume?

My father claims that Brazil was shown in theaters with uncomfortably high volume, and carried a disclaimer to that effect. I can find no claim of this online, including in reviews from the original ...
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Is the exact same sound clip used in A New Hope and The Force Awakens?

I have seen The Force Awakens twice now. And I swear that there is a scene where the storm troopers say something along the lines of. They are splitting up.. we think they are on Level 5 and 6 Or ...
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Do other-language dubs rerecord sound effects?

I was watching a Spanish version of "Circle of Life" from The Lion King (1994) and noticed that Simba's sneeze-- presumably recorded by Jonathan Taylor Thomas-- sounded the same. When dubbing a movie ...
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What is the reason for using this sound effect for Gus Fring (season 4 episode 2)?

In "Better Call Saul", season 4, at the end of the episode 2 when Gus Fring pronounces the final sentence, his voice tone is made lower, the voice itself is made louder and some reverberations are ...
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The three note danger idiom

There is a three note idiom that has appeared in SEVERAL theatrical releases (comedies) recently that indicates danger. I do not know the notes, but it goes "dum dum DUM", and the viewer knows ...
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Do sound effects, specially in horror movies, use emotion initiating frequencies?

The background score of horror movies, tends to use digital sound effects these days, rather than original sound from instruments like a cello, drum or keyboards. Emotions Music impacts the ...
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Is this the inspiration for the music used in Dredd?

In the Dredd film when they show the effects of the Slo-Mo drug. There is this dramatic sound track that represents the effects of the drug. I found a YouTube video of a very similar (if not the same)...
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Why motorbike sounds are never real?

As a motorbikes and films enthusiast it's driving me crazy to hear the wrong sound almost every time. What's the point of replacing the real sound of the engine? And it seems that there is no logic ...
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What is the difference between Sound Mixing and Sound Editing?

I would like to understand what the difference is between Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Could someone explain?
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How to describe the music that appears in the background of EVERY Egyptian related scene?

I was watching Sherman and Mr. Peabody, and in the Egyptian scene they started to play that prototypical Egyptian background music that sounds like a mixture of sitar and flute. It is very hard to ...
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Was the intense breathing of Mr Glass done on purpose in The Revenant or as filler?

In The Revenant, you can see Hugh Glass fight with a bear, he gets wounded badly. From that point on you can hear Hugh Glass breathe very loud & clear. Almost every time he's in the screen. I ...
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What is the laser sound in the tunnel?

In Dr. No when James Bond escapes his cell (through the electric fence) he is in a tunnel, climbing down, when suddenly there's what sounds like a laser (it sounded like a Sonar signal) He looks up, ...
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Why does Nolan fill his recent hits with permanent noise/music?

I just watched Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017) on the big screen, and all I could focus on during the projection was Nolan's permanent use of noise/music that tries to manipulate emotions to the ...
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How are the sound effects of the Shaw brothers martial art movies produced?

Beforehand I admit I like those old martial art movies from the Shaw Brothers. Recently looking "Five Element Ninjas" after a long time I noticed that the sound effects are very distinct from the now ...
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Is there any significance to the difference in Godzilla's roar?

As soon (or late, for that matter) as Godzilla appears in full size in Hollywood's 2014 take on it, he utters a giant roar that seems to a large degree similar to his original roar from the Japanese ...
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Were weapon sound fx for D&D cartoon created specifically for the series?

When I look at the the image below, I am able to "hear" the sounds of the weapons in my mind: Artwork Credited to Bill Sienkiewicz For me, the sound effects for the weapons made the cartoon much ...
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Soundtrack idioms in movies

I use the term "Soundtrack idiom" to mean a very short musical phrase that immediately informs the viewer that the scene has shifted to a new location, and also suggests where the location is. A ...
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Judge Doom and the Wicked Witch of the West sound the same when they melt

At the end of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the villain Judge Doom gets to take his own medicine: he gets doused with the toon-destroying Dip that he'd produced for use on Toontown. The sound effect of ...
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Why are sound effects done so different from reality?

While filming captures both the audio and video of an actor's performance, producers will often dub over sound effects for the interaction between the actors and objects. The horse walking down a road ...
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Which sounds are genuine in BBC's Planet Earth?

The BBC nature documentary Planet Earth has a mixture of genuinely recorded nature sounds and artificial sound effects. I have found articles in the press which confirm this. So is there any way to ...
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How much of a film's sound effects do foley artists typically work on?

How much of a movie's sound effects is a foley artist responsible for? Are all non-dialogue sounds rendered by them? How is this decided?
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How do actors create the same emotion during sound dubbing sessions?

When you record your voice in the studio to sync it with the video, how do you make sure to create the same emotion that you had while shooting? Somehow dubbing seems like a very cut-off process ...
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What is the cultural significance of the “kaiju screech”?

Last night I watched The Mighty Peking Man for the first (and probably last) time. It's a 1977 Cantonese King Kong ripoff, made purely "to capitalize on the craze surrounding the 1976 remake of King ...
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Why can we hear Lisa's bracelets?

20 minutes into the movie, Lisa comes over to Jeff's place for (and with) dinner. She is wearing bracelets to her left wrist. The sound of these bracelets is loud in this scene. We can clearly hear ...
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Was Cadet Jones playing any particular video game?

Watching Police Academy and just thoroughly amazed as one should be by Michael Winslow's performance as Cadet Larvell Jones. Their first night in the academy, he is in his room making like he is ...
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How did they make these gun sound effects from the 1970's?

Gun sounds from old films often had a whining sound like an electric motor or a 500CC motorbike. What materials were used to record that sound?
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Where did Gilligan's Island get the sound for the Mars probe in S02E04?

While watching Gilligan's Island 2x04 "Smile, You're on Mars Camera", I was amused to note that the probe makes the same sound as Spock's scanner/viewer on the Enterprise bridge does in Star Trek (TOS)...
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Dustin's Grrrr - Fake or real?

Dustin in Stranger Things performs a "grrrr" at multiple occasions. The sound is weirdly pleasing. I dont think anyone else could produce the same sound. One could ...
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What movie does the dramatic sound effect come from?

Where does this sound effect (3 notes) come from? It's used for dramatic effect, so I'm assuming an old and famous drama movie?