Prime-minister imitates sounds of a jail door opening, horses running at a film studio

Russian Prime-minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the foley studio of "Mosfilm" (the largest and oldest Russian film studio) and imitated pitter-patter of hooves, the sound of a lock on a Butyrka jail door and the sound of waves breaking against a seashore, Interfax reports.

According to the head of Mosfilm Karen Shakhnazarov, the foley studio, where sound effects are created, got the Prime-minister especially excited. Medvedev tried to use cardboard cups to make sounds of hooves, opened and closed a door with numerous locks which was presented to the studio by a pre-trial detention center in Moscow, and then played with a "seesaw" which uses peas to make the sound of sea waves.

The head of the government was then shown how to make the sounds of wind, walking through the Red square, a car accident, and also the sound of a bottle of alcohol (cheap or expensive) opening. Shakhnazarov then explained to Medvedev how sound engineers mix the different sounds into one track in a different studio.

The head of Mosfilm claimed there's just one similar studio in Europe, based in Germany. He explained that other countries use sound libraries, while Russia still has people of a "unique profession" who have absolute pitch and sense of rhythm.



26 March 2014