Foley Cue Sheets

Foley Cue Sheet Examples

Here are two samples of my Foley handiwork, one old school and one recent, the first circa 1998 for a feature film and the second for several cut scenes for Killzone 3. Hand cueing is mostly dated now (except for a few notable exceptions, like one particular Skywalker Sound Foley crew) since we essentially cue in digital audio workstations, but the fundamental approach remains intact. The thick hand-written markings indicate how the elements were shuffled around during the recording session to better accommodate the Foley Recordist/Mixer and the Foley Artist, a Hollywood veteran known for sneaking in sounds that otherwise wouldn't have been cued, notably that of a lizard's tongue lick in the murky swamps of Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back. Track 8 isn't cued as the last track is the cloth track. The dots are a way of keeping dibs on what's been shot. The numbers correspond to the track number of the cue and are only necessary when the location of the cue on the recorder differs from what's on the cue sheet. Foley cue sheets are usually very boring. I purposely chose this heavily-marked excerpt to illustrate some organizational techniques. There's also a photo of the Killzone 3 Foley stage at Sony Pictures Studios on my photo page.

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