How do you quiet footsteps on a film production?
Footsteps are something that can definitely hurt the sound track of your movie. Here are a few tips for keeping them quiet when working on production.
Foot Foam is a product that is simply foam with an adhesive backing. The goal is to cut out shapes that will fit perfectly on the bottom of the talent’s shoes. This will help to stop the wooden clacking sound of feet when they walk on harder surfaces that make a noise.
There are a few different kinds of foot foam. If you want the down and dirty version, you can purchase Hush Heels. The whole point of hush heels is they are pre-cut. This allows a Sound Utility Technician to put them on much quicker.
If you have a little more time, purchasing a huge roll of foot foam is much better, as it goes longer and allows you to cut your own shapes. These products usually have a better adhesive backing on them than the pre-cut versions.
This is one of the simplest and most efficient way of quieting footsteps when on a film set.
Quiet Footsteps with Carpets
If you have time and the frame isn’t going to show the ground, you may be able to get away with using a carpet. Carpet is a footstep killer. It will quiet footsteps indefinitely. It works better than foot foam but has limitations depending on what the frame is seeing.
Make sure that if you are using carpets to quiet footsteps that you always tape it down so no one slips and gets hurt. The last thing you ever want is for an actor to slip! Tape down at least 2 sides of the carpet. Also, make sure you aren’t covering up any marks!