I took a foley class is college, mainly just for a fun hands-on class to counter some of the other boring classes I was taking. What I did in there was on a very small scale, using basically only the junk I had in my crappy college apartment. And I quickly found out how hard it was to create sounds for everything on screen, when there is no sound to begin with. I also found out I wasn't very good at it! (I think I got a B because the professor noticed I was at least trying hard...) So while I never pursued a career in foley art, I think it's a really cool craft, and I think a lot of people (not saying anyone here, but general audiences) overlook how much work goes into getting the sounds on the screen.
So I saw this video over at Slashfilm, about professional foley artist Gary Hecker, who has worked on 200 some Hollywood films. I found it really interesting, even if it is just a glimpse into how much work foley artists do!
<iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/11436985?byline=0&portrait=0" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/11436985">SoundWorks Collection: Gary Hecker - Veteran Foley Artist</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/colemanfilm">Michael Coleman</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>