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How to Make a Punch

Colin Patrick

Behind every great action movie there's a team of great sound effect engineers wearing high heels to simulate footsteps and slapping gloved hands on various objects to simulate punches and kicks. The sound effect studios that enhance motion pictures and TV shows are typically a hodgepodge of various objects and instruments which are used in very creative ways to emulate the sound of various cinematic events.

This Wired article and the accompanying video showcases the unique occupation of Hollywood audio effects creators – by calling out the method behind different sounds in a scene from the new film Limitless: