Making Waves

Cameo Cinema St Helena, CA


Shelley Roden

Foley artist, Skywalker Sound


John Roesch

Foley artist, Skywalker Sound


Robert Foley

Grandson of Jack Foley, "Foley" arts namesake

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound— Foley art: More than meets the ear

A creaking door. A sinister step. The thwack of a good punch landing. Even the rustle of clothing. Sounds essential to the aural impact and realism of a film often aren't captured on set—they are painstakingly created in the studio by Foley artists.

Award-winning Foley artists John Roesch and Shelley Roden—known for their sound work on Toy Story 4, Spies in Disguise, Avengers: Endgame, Black Panther, Dunkirk, and Thor: Ragnorak—share the secrets of how they fool our ears and make even the most mundane sounds magnificent in their movies. They are joined by vintner Robert Foley, the grandson of sound technician and original Foley artist Jack Foley, who shares family memorabilia and Foley Vineyards wines!

Cameo Cinema St Helena, CA

Film Synopsis

An examination of how sound design transforms the cinematic experience, and an exploration of the cutting edge of sound technology.

As much as we all love Steven Spielberg’s films, so many of them wouldn’t be the same without the efforts of sound mixer extraordinaire Gary Rydstrom—Jurassic Park’s dinosaurs wouldn’t be so breathtakingly authentic, and Saving Private Ryan’s opening Omaha Beach battle sequence wouldn’t be so visceral. The same can be said for every other great director, all of whom depend on their most trusted sound designers to enhance their film’s visuals and bring emotions and spectacle to sonic life. Yet for all of the universal adoration given to those who work behind the camera on sets, cinema’s sound experts have gone largely unnoticed, overseeing a project’s most potentially memorable work with anonymity.

Until now. Through interviews with acclaimed directors (including David Lynch, Ryan Coogler, Sofia Coppola, George Lucas, and Barbra Streisand) and their most trusted sound partners, including Walter Murch, Ben Burtt, Alan Splet, and Ludwig Göransson, documentarian Midge Costin’sMaking Waves puts the long-overdue spotlight on film’s audible magic, both breaking down the creative process and offering firsthand anecdotes about the making of several all-time classics.

—Matt Barone, Tribeca Film Festival