Cinematheque108 Presents: The Art of Foley Sound

February 21, 2013, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cinematheque108 invites you and a guest to attend:

The Art of Foley Sound

A special evening with award-winning Warner Bros. Foley artists John Roesch, Alyson Dee Moore, and mixer MaryJo Lang.
Hosted by SCA Professors Benjamin Wright and William Whittington.
7:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 21st, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

About the Event

Foley effects are custom sound effects created in post-production. Named after Jack Foley who pioneered the craft in the 1930s, Foley sounds are performed and recorded in sync with picture. Foley sounds include the reproduction of most footsteps, cloth movement, punches, paper, glassware, and cutlery.

Roesch, Moore, and Lang will participate in a Q&A with Critical Studies professors Benjamin Wright and William Whittington on the history of Foley performance and their work together on films such as The Dark Knight trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Hangover, Inception, The Matrix, Puss ‘n’ Boots, Transformers, and many others.

Following a selection of clips from their work, the trio will describe how they go about creating original sound effects for feature films, commercials, and video games. They promise to share trade secrets and reveal how some iconic film sounds were created.

John Roesch is the recipient of the 2013 Career Achievement Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors association. His pioneering Foley work has been featured in E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, the Back to the Future trilogy, Schindler’s List, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and hundreds of other films.

Roesch, Moore, and Lang began working as a team at Warner Bros. in 1999 and have over 100 film, television, and gaming credits together.

About the Moderators

Benjamin Wright is a Provost Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities affiliated with the Department of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts.

He received his Ph.D. in Film and Cultural Studies from Carleton University. His dissertation addressed changes in modern Hollywood sound practices by exploring how the art and craft of sound production are tied to current institutional demands, commercial expectations, stylistic norms, and technological options. It does so by examining how sound editors, mixers, designers, Foley artists, and engineers in the “sound chain” go about the job of creating sound for film.

His research interests include the history and theory of industry studies, Hollywood sound and visual style, technologies of film practice, and representations of Jewish humor in film and television. His essays have appeared in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, Offscreen, and the Journal of Popular Culture. He also maintains a personal website ( where he publishes short essays on issues of film style and Hollywood sound practices.

William Whittington teaches courses in film and television history, genre studies, digital culture, audio culture, adaptation, and gender and sexuality in film, television and new media.

Between 1993-1997, he served as the curator of the USC Warner Bros. Archives, assisting with research for various film restorations, documentaries, music scores and books. He has also worked as an editor for Time Warner Trade Publishing and is currently the managing editor of Spectator, the USC Critical Studies Journal of Film and Television Criticism.

Whittington's scholarly work includes articles and interviews on genre, film and television sound, digital culture and technology. He is the author of Sound Design and Science Fiction from University of Texas Press, 2007.

About Cinematheque108

Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The series offers a rare selection of events that highlight noteworthy experimental, documentary, and/or foreign films, many of which can not be seen anywhere else. Cinematheque108 is an educational forum that aims to expand understanding of alternative film and media. All screenings are free of charge and open to the pubic.

About Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Benjamin Wright