Michael Lyle is an Emmy-winning Foley artist who created the distinct sounds of the Minions in Despicable Me. Some of his other notable credits include Battlestar Galactica, House MD, The Soloist, Six Feet Under, 61*, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself. He came on The nsavides Podcast to discuss his work and his observations on the industry.
In our conversation we hit upon how a Foley artist works with the rest of the sound department, the different audio styles at Universal and Skywalker Sound, and how to deal with troublesome people in the film industry. After the interview I share some thoughts on the merits of playfulness and on why it is dangerous to rely exclusively on work for fulfillment.
Listen to the Podcast
- Recommended viewing: Despicable Me, Soloist, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself
- Michael’s IMDb page (Michael notes that the page has errors and combines the credits of another Michael Lyle in the sound department.)
- “Do Atoms Play” by David Graeber, in which the possibility of playfulness as a hardwired characteristic of the universe is explored.
- If you’d like to hear more of my thoughts on Harry Potter, check out this in-depth blog post I wrote on the series: The Spooky Goodness of Harry Potter.
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