About John Roesch: Foley Artist

I am a professional Foley Artist with experience in Feature Films over the last forty five years. I also specialize in Video Games and Commercials. I am capable of design and implementation of analog and digital foley anywhere in the world.

I have worked on sixteen films that have won for either Best Sound Editing or Best Sound through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I was awarded the ” Career Achievement Award ” by the MPSE.

I am available for speaking events anywhere in the world through my Agency, The Mollie Plotkin Group.

Specialties: Being a Foley Artist in and of itself, is a specialty!

The Golden Reel Award

Roesch always had his eyes set on Hollywood. However, he wanted to be an actor or director, rather than a Foley artist. In the mid-1970s, John Roesch earned a degree in filmmaking from New York University.

It was only by happenstance that John got involved in Foley, obliging the work for a friend’s film. “Boy, what a stupid job,” Roesch thought to himself as he started his life-long career.

Incidentally, his apartment manager was award-winning Foley artist Joan Rowe. She offered him work as her partner at Gomillion Sound, and the rest is history.

Venice, CA 1979

John Roesch's Foley Career

John Roesch has been in the film business for over 40 years! He has worked on classics ranging from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, E.T., Back to the Future, The Little Mermaid, and so much more! You can check out his IMDB here.

As you can immagine, being a Foley Artist can bring a lot of laughs along the way. John made many friends across his journey for the perfect sounds, “the right scuff,” so to speak. 

In an interview with The Times, John said that the core of his job is “to try to give soul to what we’re seeing on camera”.

John Roesch's Famous Sounds

Some of John’s famous sounds are:

  • Michael Jacksons footsteps in Thriller,
  • Water splashes that ended up in Daft Punks album Random Access Memories
  • E.T’s body movements,
  • The knocking in the beginning of Frozens “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?”