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The Foley Grail 3rd Edition by Vanessa Theme Ament, ISBN-13: 978-0367442248



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ Routledge; 3rd edition (November 26, 2021)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 284 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0367442248
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0367442248


Praise for the third edition

“Ms. Ament has written an engaging and useful guide to both teaching and performing the art of Foley. The book thoroughly covers all aspects of the craft: its history and evolution, the minutiae of recording footsteps and props, prepping and mixing. It is an excellent guide for both teachers and people who want to learn this largely unknown part of the post-production process.” 
Harry Cheney, Professor, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University

Praise for the second edition

“This book is entertaining, informative and an absolute must-read for everyone who wants to make a career in sound, as well as being a very handy lesson for anyone involved in production on whatever level―and a particularly valuable aid for ‘media’ course tutors.”
Wendy Laybourn, Network Nine News

“Thanks to this publication, sound is appraised as a subjective art form. So whether you’re a novice (i.e. ‘what even is Foley?’) or a whizz (‘pfft, why do I need to read about Jack?’), there truly is much to learn from this book. Seek The Foley Grail.”
Matt Howsam, Raindance.org

“Comprising a virtual master class on leading-edge Foley techniques, The Foley Grail covers just about everything a practitioner or observer of the Foley process would need to create convinving sounds for a variety of film and television . . . a must-have test for any post professional’s bookshelf.”
Mel Lambert, CineMontage

About the Author

Vanessa Theme Ament is the former Edwin F. and Virginia B. Ball Endowed Chair in Telecommunications at Ball State University, Indiana. She hails from the film industry in Los Angeles, where she was a Foley artist, sound editor, and voice actor for film and television. She has worked on many notable films, including Predator, Die Hard, Noises Off, A Goofy Movie, Dolores Claiborne, Malice, RoboCop2, and Platoon, which won the Academy Award for Best Sound in 1986. She received her PhD from Georgia State University in Moving Images Studies.


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