27 March 2008

Things I've Learned: Wilhelm Scream

It's been quite the educational week...

Have you ever noticed a familiar sounding scream in a movie? Did it sound like this?

That's the Wilhelm Scream, popping up in movies since 1951. Lots of movies. Star Wars seems to be responsible for its re-popularization and apparently it's a big in-joke amongst sound editors.

The suspected screamer is Sheb Wooley. (Also responsible for the Purple People Eater.) Entertaining.

Check out this Short film on it's history.

It's a totally weird sounding scream, though.

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