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What makes SNIKT, BAMF and THWIP work on the screen?

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What makes SNIKT, BAMF and THWIP work on the screen?

Gizmodo has a really fun post up by Bryan Gardiner that looks at how movies translate comic book sound effects onto film. The article looks at the history of three sounds in particular, then delves into how they were created on film.

“Chances are you’ve stumbled across (or even used) one or all of them at some point in your life,” Gardiner writes. “BAMF, SNIKT and THWIP have all become sonic staples in pop culture, part of our modern parlance, and definitely a part of the unceasing marketing machine that drives toy, book and movie sales. Breaking down how these onomatopoeias were sonically transposed from paper to film not only gives you an appreciation for the artists working in both mediums, but speaks to way even a simple sound can weasel its way into your auditory cortex.”

THWIP, for instance, doesn’t actually happen in the Spider-Man films, but the sound of Spider-Man shooting his webs ended up as “combinations of more than 40 elements to produce one sound.” It was made up of, among other sounds, plucked fishing line strung between two posts, magnetic film being cinched tighter on a spindle, compressed air, shaving cream spurts and the swish of old woven fly fishing line. You can read about Wolverine’s famous SNIKT and Nightcrawler’s teleporting BAMF over at Gizmodo.

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