One of the most accomplished Foley artists in Hollywood, award-winner Gary Hecker, has worked on over 200 films, in a career that began in 1973 with “The Exorcist.” Since then, he’s worked as the foley artist or supervising foley artist on some 220 films, mostly Hollywood hits, including “Coming to America,” “Man of Steel,” “Django Unchained,” and most recently, “Divergent.”
In the video below, he shares tips and tricks he’s learned throughout his 40+ year old career that also includes working on titles you’ll be familiar with, like “The Empire Strikes Back” to “Robin Hood,” “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Angel & Demons,” “Watchmen” and Sam Raimi’s “Spiderman” trilogy.
I post this in part because I think it’s actually really cool, what he does. There are other paths to take, and thus, other ways to make money in this business, as you can see (which comes with its own set of learned skills). And this is one of the many behind-the-camera positions that the majority of us probably don’t give a single thought to, even though it’s quite crucial to the movie-making process.
If there are any foley artists of African descent reading this, let us know who you are.