December 8th, 2008:
The Wilhelm Scream

For a while, I had aspirations to become a movie sound designer, which later evolved into aspirations to create special effects. An inside joke among sound designers is the “Wilhelm Scream.” It’s a bit of stock audio used in a lot of Lucas, Spielberg, and Disney movies as well as hundreds of others. A complete catalog of it’s occurrences is here, and a montage of examples can be found here.

- Duane