Comic Book Pages.
I like comic books. A lot.
I’ve certainly said it before and before and before and before. I clearly don’t mind seeming repetitive because I’m saying again. The Avengers comes out today and even if you’re not a fan of comic book/superhero movies you have to respect what a landmark of a film it is. They took superheroes (and the actors that played them) from several other films and put them together into one crossover event. This is pretty commonplace in comics but in movies? I could be wrong but I don’t remember that happening before. By the set up alone it really is the comic book movie to end all comic book movies.
With that in mind I have recorded the flipping sound of comic book pages. While I was mainly inspired the Marvel Studios logo (which features the sound of flipping pages) there are plenty of plain ol’ action, comedy, drama, romantic movies that utilize the sound of pages being flipped – mostly because paper books and magazines are still widely used. I know it seems primitive to me too but we have to suffer through for another few years at least.
Until that day though, make sure the type of paper you record for foley matches the one on screen. Modern comics are more like magazines and use a heavier, glossy stock while a phone book (what the hell is a phone book?) uses the thinnest paper that wont simply disintegrate once its touched possible. It sounds like I’m joking but I’m deadly serious. Knowledge of paper stock and paper stock recordings is the first thing you learn when you become an official comic geek. I’ve got a certificate printed on 81/2 X 11 28ld stock white parchment paper to prove it.
I’m off to see the Avengers (again), I’ll assemble again next week.