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Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Wilhelm Scream - The Most Popular Sound Effect In Film

From Digg: "Many of you out there may be aware of the Wilhelm scream, a sound effect used dozens of times in films and television. This site describes the history of the scream and links to listings of films it can be found in." I know whenever I watch a movie and I hear a similar sounding scream I wonder whether or not it's the Wilhelm. This article goes into great detail about the creation and subsequent popularity of the most used sound clip in film history. I'm curious as to if there are any other sound effects that have gained a cult following among sound effects departments - perhaps there are some that aren't as distinctive as the Wilhelm scream (edit: look at the Wikipedia entry for Wilhelm scream, it lists a few more). On a related note, I highly recommend checking out the band 'A Wilhelm Scream'.

More Info
* Wilhelm scream Wikipedia entry
* Wilhelm scream Youtube compilation (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings)
* Another Wilhelm scream Youtube compilation (Many films)

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