My current middle school performing arts unit is on Film Sound and traditionally students demonstrate their knowledge of Foley sound by recording a short video and adding sound effects to it.
This year we’ve utilised the rich diversity that is youtube and made use of the many silent movies, musicless videos and bad-lip reading videos available.
PS. Please watch the sample videos below before using with your students.
There’s any number of silent-movie era films on youtube. The Charlie Chaplain films are particularly useful with clear, well-defined action and readily followed plots.
My students practised their Foley skills by creating sound effects live as the video played on a laptop. The video and sounds were recorded for playback on an iPod. A little crude but quick and surprisingly effective.
Musicless Music Videos
It’s easier to explain this new mashed up genre by watching one. But for a short explanation:
- Select a music video.
- Remove the music soundtrack.
- Add sound effects as appropriate.
Similar to the Musicless Music Videos, but with dialogue rather than sound effects:
- Select a short scene from a film, sports training video or TV show.
- Remove the soundtrack.
- Re-dub the dialog with words and phrases that match the lip movements of the actors, but which are funnier.
All three activities have proved popular with the students and all provide an excellent framework i which to practice or demonstrate skills.
Australian Curriculum Links
- Develop and refine media production skills to shape the technical and symbolic elements of images, sounds and text for a specific purpose and meaning
- Plan, structure and design media artworks that engage audiences
- Experiment with ideas and stories that manipulate media conventions and genres to construct new and alternative points of view through images, sounds and text
- Develop and refine media production skills to integrate and shape the technical and symbolic elements in images, sounds and text for a specific purpose, meaning and style