I got a neat text the other day - want to come to Williamsburg and help make post-production recordings of body sound effects for a dance film? In other words, are you ready for Foley artist greatness??
The invitation came from choreographer Parijat Desai, and was in service of her short film "The Palace is Dreaming," which she recently shot in New Delhi. (Parijat is directing the film alongside her co-director and editor Alla Kovgan.) Parijat and I spent the early afternoon preparing, which meant watching tiny clips of video and figuring out how to manufacture believable sounds to match the dancers' footfalls, pushes, falls, brushes, and so on. I've never thought so much about the sounds things make. In general, I'm way more visual than auditory, but it started feeling like I was seeing THROUGH MY EARS. It was, in a word, intense.
Once we had our ideas down we went out to the studio in Brooklyn, where we did a few takes of each set of sounds with the help of an in-booth video monitor. Between takes, we got direction from Alla - not so much sliding, try to do it without your joints popping, etc. - and a subtle evaluation of our performance: perfect, one more for safety, one more for perfection (in descending order). In two hours of recording we knocked out sound for about 5 minutes of video.
The film editing is ongoing, obviously, but when it's finished and making the film festival rounds, I'll get to watch it through my ears and hear the pitter patter of my little feet.