Movie magic behind the scenes incorporates many things such as costume design, script writing, and of course sound! But did you know that many of the sounds we hear – like crackling fire or horses trotting – aren’t actually real?
In fact, there’s a whole genre of behind-the-scenes sound artistry called “foley” that exists only to give the audience the sounds they think they should be hearing, based on what they’re seeing.
And they’re really good at making use of the least expensive option to give you the very best sound.
Here are some amazing examples of movie sound-magic that have absolutely fooled you before:
10. Is that the sound of crunching snow? Nope – It’s a bag of corn starch!
9. Do you know that awful, squishy, death sound of bones crunching in horror films? Romain lettuce and walnuts are the secrets!
8. A simple “woosh” sound is made by swatting tree branches.
7. Star Wars fans: The lightsaber is a combination of an old projector and TV tube!
6. It comes as no surprise that horses trotting down a movie set is made by cupping coconuts together.
5. A crackling fire is, in fact, crinkling cellophane.
4. When the sound of punching faces and bodies appear in movies, rolled up phone books are used.
3. Fast slapping rubber gloves make for the perfect sound of flapping bird wings.
2. Audiotape can do more than record audio. When balled up, it imitates people walking on the grass.
1. When celery is broken in half against a microphone, it sounds like snapping bones.
Who would have thought typical home and office supplies could make such incredible movie magic!