New York— Alchemy Post Sound, a specialist in Foley sound for motion
pictures and television, has added a second Foley stage to its facility in New
York. The new space is designed to complement the company’s original Foley
stage with a “live” sound environment meant to enhance the production of
interior effects that can benefit from natural ambience. The new stage will
also enable Alchemy to boost production, allowing two Foley teams to work
“We needed to expand and to have more flexibility with the
sounds that we create,” explained
Foley artist and company co-founder Leslie Bloome. “This also allows us to keep
two teams working during normal business hours.” Recent credits for the company
including the upcoming features; Don’t
Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot; Radium Girls
; and Good Time as well as the television series Berlin Station, The Sinner, Master
of None
and Gypsy.

The new 1300-square-foot Foley stage has a natural
reverberation of 500 milliseconds of reverb delay. That stands in contrast to
the studio’s original Foley stage which has a traditional “dry” sound. The
reverb makes the new space ideal for recording interior sound effects. A
theatrical curtain was installed to partition the space when then ambience
needs to be less.

“The bounce in the room creates a beautiful ambience and the
existing floor allows us to recreate the sound of concrete, linoleum and
tiles,” explains Bloome. “It’s virtually impossible to recreate that ambience
artificially.” He adds that adjoining kitchen and bathroom spaces are also
utilized for recording Foley in natural environments.
The new Foley stage was used extensively to produce Foley
effects for Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot¸ a
feature based on the life of quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan. “The props
in the film are very specific…a wheelchair, drawing tools, et cetera, and it
was imperative that we get them right,” notes Foley editor Ryan Collison.
The stage’s control room is fitted with a C24 console
running Avid Pro Tools HD. Other key elements include Neumann U87 and KMR 81 microphones
into Millennia microphone preamps and an Apogee Symphony converter.
In addition to working on the stages, Alchemy’s crews often
record Foley on location. The company has regular access to a 70-year-old
private residence, which it uses to record creaky floors, staircases and other sounds.
“We record Foley in three, very different environments and that makes us
unique,” says COO and Studio Manager Andrea Bloome. “It gives us a lot of
flexibility to deliver the types of creative sounds that filmmakers want.”
About Alchemy Post
Alchemy Post Sound is a 3,500 square foot, dedicated Foley
studio designed specifically for Foley by resident Foley Artist Leslie Bloome.
The company’s Emmy Award-winning staff has created sound for numerous major
feature films, long-running television series, independent films and popular
games. Alchemy’s services also include music recording, live performance, video
production, ADR, and sound design.
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