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Halloween Film Screens with Live Foley

Based on a Washington Irving story, the film is screening in Sleepy Hollow.

Westchester, NY (October 19, 2018)—Now through Halloween, award-winning Foley artist Leslie Bloome is performing his distinctive craft live at screenings of The Unsilent Picture, a spooky black and white film based on a Washington Irving short story directed by Alex Harvey and starring Tony Award-winning actor Bill Irwin.

Co-founder of Alchemy Post Sound, Bloome is a Foley artist who has contributed to more than 400 films and television shows. At the screenings, Bloome is using an assortment of props and tools to create live sound effects to accompany the film. It also features live musical accompaniment.

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The Unsilent Picture is being screened four times a night in a huge tent on the grounds of Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Bloome is set up next to the cinema screen with two large tables filled with props ranging from plates and silverware to swords and creaky wooden chairs. “Because it’s a live performance with music, subtleties won’t play,” says Bloome. “Everything is over the top. It’s really quite fun!”

One of Bloome’s favorite scenes depicts the film’s central character, Dr. Crayon (Irwin), and several of his eccentric friends having dinner. “Dr. Crayon is a grumpy old vegetarian who is stuck at the dinner table while the rest of the crew are stuffing their faces with pork,” he says. “I have a lot of fun with that scene. The eating, the plates and the chewing is all over the top, but very funny. When Crayon drops a piece of lettuce on his plate, I use a glockenspiel to make a funny doo-oop sound. The ‘salt incident’ is one of many comic plot points in the opening scene. I use an old metal shake that has a distinctive and funny sound.”

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For The Unsilent Picture, Bloome works non-stop through its 33-minute span with hardly a pause between sound effects. “I’m a musician at heart and this is just like playing a live gig,” he says. “When I was approached about this opportunity, I immediately said, ‘I’m in.’”

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