12 Interesting Ways Movie Sound Effects are Made

Have you ever stopped to wonder how movies make some of the amazing sounds that it does?  I mean how in the world did people figure out what sounds a T-Rex makes?  Well, technically no one knows the sound a T-Rex makes but you’d be surprised at some of the things movies use to create the illusion of sound.  You’ll never guess what they use to emulate the sound of bones breaking!

Here are 12 ways they make crazy sounds in movies.

  • In order to make the sound of snow being crunched under shoes, a leather pouch filled with corn starch is often used.
  • Balled up audio tape is used to emulate the sound of people walking on grass.
  • In order to achieve a good bone crunching or head squishing noise, frozen romaine lettuce is often used. Walnuts are also a good option.
  • Branches swatted quickly in the air are used for that nice ‘whoosh’ sound.
  • The sound of the Balrog waking up and making it’s way towards Gandalf and company in “The Fellowship of the Ring” was made by slowly dragging a cinder block across a wooden surface.
  • To make the noise of fictional monsters, animal roars are often meshed together and slowed down.
  • The iconic sound of a lightsaber is a combination of the hum of an old projector and the subtle buzz of a TV picture tube.
  • To make that sound of horses trotting along the road, recordings of coconuts being slapped against each other are often used.
  • Rubber gloves being shaken at a high speed almost perfectly emulates the sound of birds flapping their wings.
  • Cellophane being crunched up can be used to emulate the sound of a crackling fire.
  • To emulate the sound of a body being punched, rolled up and taped phone books are often used.
  • Full stalks of celery are used to emulate the sound of bones breaking. They simply break them in half into the mic.

Thanks to The Chive for these methods


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