The Noises Rest
Most people assume that silent films were silent for technological reasons—that there wasn’t a way to capture and reproduce sound along with the moving image in those classic early films.
That’s a lie: the technology was never a big deal. Directors at the time simply chose, for aesthetic reasons, to embrace the purity of silence.
When the Silent Film Institute* asked us to create something inspired by the era of silent films, we knew we had to honor the early foley artists, those brave sound effects engineers who chose silence over noise.
Three of our best pals are foley artists, and by a fantastic coincidence, they’re working right now on a project we simply had to document.
We’ll let Evan, Lanolin, and Tiborg tell you the rest of the story.
The video also is available in a much prettier HD version.
* It was The Museum of Modern Art. We’re assuming the Silent Film Institute does not actually exist. If they do, please note that we are referring to the Silent Film Institute that does not actually exist, not the one that does exist that we didn’t know about when we were making this. Or something.
YLNT wrote this. Editing, direction, all other production: Adam.
Oh, and here’s a little outtake thingie too.