Monday, March 7, 2011

The Wilhelm Scream

      As you are probably already aware, I'm a huge Star Wars fan. One of the great things about Star Wars is the sound (thanks to Ben Burtt who is a genius) and I especially love the notorious and distinct scream that appears quite a few times in the Star Wars movies. If you don't know what the heck I'm referring to, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about after watching this video:



     After doing some research, I discovered that this is called The Wilhelm Scream which is a stock sound effect that was first recorded in 1951 for the movie Distant Drums. And it is believed that it was provided by this guy:

    However, the sound was named after Private Wilhelm, a character in the movie, The Charge at Feather River which was apparently the third movie to use the sound effect. Ben Burtt discovered the original recording as a studio reel labeled "Man being eaten by alligator." The rest is history.

2 comments:

Kayla said...

Yeah, I love this. ;)

Katelyn said...

Hahaha! I almost died I laughed so hard. That scream is incredible.