In the span of his 33-year career as a sound design artist, Foley discovered ways to replicate any sound in the world, mostly with household items. More importantly, his method and workshop ("Foley's Space") became the industry standard for producing natural sound effects. So if he's really a man who created and perfected an entirely new art style, why is his IMDb page so sad?
IMDBThere are two-year-olds with more impressive Hollywood resumes than that.
According to Foley's granddaughter, Hollywood figured that people didn't want to know that even the sound Clark Gable's footsteps made weren't his own, so they decided to keep sound effects their dirty little secret. Like his many sounds, Foley's lot in life was to never be noticed. He did get a happy ending, though. To honor the forgotten father of their craft, audio effects designers started referring to themselves as "foley artists," and that's been their official job title since the '80s. Since then, there likely hasn't been a single Hollywood movie that hasn't had Foley's name in its credits.
The Kids Who Actually Rode The Bikes In E.T. Are Lost To Time
In Hollywood, you never know how your star will rise. Harrison Ford was working as a set carpenter when George Lucas discovered him. So when eight young men were picked by Steven Spielberg to be in one of the most famous film scenes of all times, they must have thought it was going to change their lives. Unfortunately, their 15 minutes of fame didn't even last for a second.
The first thing Spielberg needed to shoot E.T.'s bike chase scene was, of course, bikes.
Universal PicturesThey were all charged with felony evading arrest and misdemeanor being totally radical.
California bicycle distributer Howie Cohen was talked into supplying the movie with 25 high-speed Kuwahara BMX bikes in exchange for exclusive merchandising rights. This was the deal of a lifetime, seeing as he was competing with eight-inch action figures of an alien that resembled a sexually aroused bowel movement.
When delivering the bikes to the set, Cohen brought along his young friend Robert Cardoza, a BMX ace who was there to help the kid actors with their new wheels. When Spielberg asked for Cardoza's opinion on some of the stunts he wanted the kids to do, Cardoza laughed in the director's face, blurting out, "There's no way those kids will be able to do that!" After he demonstrated some tricks to prove his point, Spielberg decided he needed stuntmen for the job, so he asked Cardoza what he was doing for the next few weeks.
On Cardoza's recommendation, E.T.'s producers went to a local BMX spot and hired seven more riders, aged between 15 and 20. Those eight kids did all of the cool jumping, racing, and nearly-running-that-guy-over-ing during the chase sequence. Because of them, there wasn't a single ten-year-old who didn't want Elliot's flying bike for Christmas.
Howie CohenTeenage mortality skyrocketed that year.
The movie was a hit. But the eight BMX riders? They were left in the dirt. When Cardoza and his friends left the preview screening they had been invited to, they hadn't seen their names anywhere in the credits. And so the people responsible for making BMX bikes the most wanted item for an entire generation of children faded back into obscurity. The magic of movies, everybody!
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