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Filmmaking Secrets! The Easy Way To FOLEY Your Movie Master

Get Better Distribution Deals! Learn The Secrets From A Foley Artist - Master Course
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Learn from a professional that has successfully delivered over 36 movies to distributors.

This brand new Udemy course familiarizes you to the world of Foley. This class shows you how to better engage your audience through the use of Foley. Foley your movie FAST. Improve your chances of a distribution deal for your movie. Know what is needed for overseas deals. Foley is one of the most overlooked processes in Filmmaking.

Sound can make or break a film!

A class that is a must for ALL filmmakers!

Not only will you become an expert in Foley and sound design, you will also improve your overall production quality of all your VIDEO productions.

Does your movie feel slow? Improve your Movie’s pace through sound design.

I show you how I used SOUND DESIGN to resurrect a dead studio deal on a movie.

You will finally understand what M&E is and what is needed for distribution deliverables.

The class is MOBILE ready for ON-THE-GO.

As well as the Udemy 30 day money back simple guarantee, you have my personal promise that you will be delighted in what I will show you. You will kicking yourself that you haven’t started doing these things!

Every minute you delay is costing your MOVIE’S FUTURE…

Enroll now!

Nothing is kept secret – I reveal everything I do as a Foley artist and sound designer.

You will have a lifetime access to the course and be updated on NEW lectures.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for filmmakers or videographers who are not familiar with professional sound design needed for distribution. Basic knowledge of editing is needed for this class. If you are a filmmaker, movie maker, cinematographer, make short films or in film school, this course is for you. If you are interested in creating sound effects.
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What Will I Learn?
Master the world of Foley.
How to make a movie sound better.
Hands on lectures.
Where to find FREE tracks.
A solid understanding of M&E.
You will know how to improve audience engagement.
You will learn the secrets that many filmmakers do not know.
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  • Basic knowledge of editing is needed for this class.
  • Microphone and recording device.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 33 Lectures Collapse All 33 Lectures 01:28:45
1 Lecture 01:18

This lecture talks about the importance of the theory and methods behind Foley.

Preview 01:18
8 Lectures 27:01

This lecture shows you the importance of stuff we pay no attention to.

Preview 08:30

This lecture shows you the importance of stuff we pay no attention to

Preview 00:25

This lecture talks about how not to fool your ears. Learn how to turn your filters off.

Training Your Ear

This lecture talks about the 4 main elements. Atmosphere, Music, Sound Effects, Cues. This lecture gives you the understanding of what and M&E track must have and not have.


Summary of M&E.

M&E Closing Statement

This lecture talks about why distribution deals are killed.
Distribution Deals Ruined

Learn how to NOT get extra charges from distributors.

Secrets To Reduce Recoupables

This lecture shows how sound design can improve the speed of a movie.

The Movie Feels Slow
17 Lectures 41:48

This lecture covers the misconceptions of ambient tracks.


This lecture talks about how to complete sound designs super-FAST.


This lecture talks about the secrets behind Action/Dialogue mistakes

Training Actors About Action Dialogue On set

This lecture shows you what Foley artists do on sets.

Paying Extra Attention On Set Saves Work

This class show you how to create sounds that are not heard in the real world and why they are so important in movies.
Getting Really Creative Advanced

This lecture gives the secrets to identify the elements of a scene.
Getting Really Creative Closing Statement

This lecture shows you how to make one sound have a FULL DIMENSIONAL FEEL.
Stacking Multiple Tracks To Create One Sound

This lecture shows the hands on of all the elements in a scene.

Stacking Multiple Tracks Advanced

This lecture shows you how to use FREE sounds in your movie.

Going To The Internet For Sounds

Sites That Offer Sounds

Like I said, try to think what people would put in as keywords. I rename every clip I download so I can locate quickly in the future. This site offers free. They would like if you upload some of your clips to help out the community. They also have donations that help the cause.

These are NOT FREE This site charges per clip.

These are NOT FREE This site charges per clip.

Getting sounds from the internet.

This lecture shows how to make movie props sound Cinema Big.

Collecting All the Original Props

This lecture shows how to increase speed by implementing simple organization tricks.


Folder View

This lecture covers the importance of reverb.


I go over the room I need to be successful with recording movie Foley.

Recording Room

Before you know it, you will have a lot of tracks and it can all become confusing. This lecture show the methods of being fast and organized.

A Lot Of Tracks

This lecture teaches you what is needed for 5.1 stems.

3 Lectures 11:58

This lecture goes over cleaning up dialogue. Removing noise and create smooth dialogue tracks.

Dialogue Clean Up

This lecture covers all the main elements to master dialogue clean up.

Dialogue Advanced

Dialogue Check list

1. CONSISTENT VOLUME. Make sure the dialogue is consistent throughout the entire movie. Keep an eye on the volume meters. Watch for drifting.

2. NOISE BETWEEN WORDS. Clean up any noise found between words spoken. If there is noise present with words, search for another take to replace.

3. COPY LEFT OR RIGHT TO MONO. If you have recorded stereo tracks with dialogue on left or right, then dual mono (Final Cut) or fill left or right so the dialogue is in center.

4. PARAMETRIC EQ Using EQ takes some practice to see how it can help you.

5. REVERB. Use Reverb to adjust for room size with dialogue. Reverb can also be used on Foley as well.

6. EFFECTS. Effects are fun to experiment with. Although I don’t use to many effects, they can make sounds sound more interesting.

7. HUM Again play around with your EQ. Keep in mind there are 3 basic things when it comes to EQ. Frequency, range or scope, and boost up or down.

8. FIXING DISTORTION Very difficult to fix. Try to find an alternate take to replace. ADR may be the answer if the spot is avoidable.

9. ADR Remember to listen and not watch before each take. Direct actors and have them listen to the track as well. Keep an attention to inflections, delivery, distance and tone. Also try breaking up sentences.

Dialogue Check List
3 Lectures 06:01
This lecture goes over what makes up the Foley of the genre of Comedy.

This lecture goes over what makes up the Foley of the genre of Drama.


This lecture goes over what makes up the Foley of the genre of Horror.
Closing Statement
1 Lecture 00:39

Final closing comments.

Closing Statement
About the Instructor
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It is my single goal to make our children more educated. Children that are of global importance.

With odds completely against us, my wife and I achieved a career success for our child. A child that was in the top 2% of the country. Public schools need parents to stand up and assist our youth in their academic achievements. It is my personal mission to help in any way I can.

My Udemy courses are taught with REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES of what EXPERIMENTS worked, and what didn’t work.

All of my knowledge is delivered in a down to earth approach.

Has prepared and delivered over 36 movies for several major studios both domestically and overseas.

Studied Psychology in Chicago.

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