HOLLYWOOD – For as long as films have had sound, foley artists have had jobs. But that may change for Artie Poundcake, one of the most respected and well known foley artists amongst the glitz and glamour of tinsel town.
Then again, Poundcake may not need one.
His new book, Gishhhhewwiickkslpop, is smashing its way to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list.
Poundcake grew up on Ventura Boulevard, just east of where the vampires of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin” move west. While his mother worked three jobs to pay rent, Poundcake was often left to his own devices for entertainment.
“There I was in the middle of one of the centers of the entertainment business, and my TV didn’t even have a speaker.”
Poundcake began to create sound effects and dialogue for the shows he watched. By the time he graduated high school, George Lucas had seen a demo reel of Poundcake’s work. The rest, as they say, is history.
“He was a prodigy,” said George Lucas. “I immediately built a wing for him at Lucas Ranch.”
And now Poundcake has told all in his exposé.
“What a lot of people don’t know is I make all the sounds with my mouth,” he says. “I don’t use real objects. That’s for amateurs.”
And in the book, he spells them phonetically.
“I want to inspire kids in this day of digital everything that they can do a lot with nothing. Also, they can do nothing with all they have. It’s their choice.”
A few examples from his book:
RRRREETTCHDHEEEKKK is a compulsory tire squeal in chase sequences (even on dirt roads, for idiot editors.)
PERHHHHc has been used in hand to hand combat for every John Wayne film ever made.
SLSSIEIEPLLSLSLLSCJNBBBB is a simple one used for footsteps on gravel.
However, some studio executives are protesting loudly from their large ranches, punching the air with the hand that isn’t holding a dirty martini.
“He shouldn’t have pulled the curtain,” said the head of Trixar. “It’s like a magician giving away the secrets of the illusion.”
“This doesn’t sound like a good idea,” said Clark Tarke, executive of Marapount. (To be fair, Tark may have been referring to the idea of a clean martini.)
Other foley artists have also voiced their concerns.
“BoinkkkUUULLLUPPP,” said one veteran.
“CHCKEKEKEIJJJEANNVE,” said another, through tears.
In his own defense, Poundcake said, “I’ve always made waves. I guess this is just the next cycle.”
~ by Dan Plighter