I'm a sound editor and while early in my career, a majority of my work is doing foley editing (Feet, Props, occasional cloth). Now I'm not complaining because I have work and I've been able to work on both television and film, gaining experience and actually getting pretty decent at editing. But sometimes the work is so extremely tedious, that I wonder if it is worth it for the supervising sound editor to send some of this work to a foley studio to get this done. Now I've worked on shows as a sound editor and when I hear the cloth and feet tracks from a proper foley studio, it makes a world of a difference. But obviously that is dependent on budget and time. But some of this work takes me so long to do, that it can occasionally be very tough of you if it's a heavy session.
Particularly when covering everything for an M&E, I'm pulling my hair out with details, especially with things I simply don't have in my library since I'm working from home. These projects are low budget, so understandably it can be cheaper to have someone cut them in. But when I'm seeing things like a bag of dog food pouring on the floor, or marbles being dropped in a glass container, it can be challenging if they insist that everything be covered, even if the production is fine. Even in regards to footsteps, I can just be really overwhelmed cutting FS for every single person on screen. It seems ridiculous to have someone edit it verses recording. But given that I do it often, perhaps it isn't as ridiculous as it seems.
I've made the mistake of prematurely delivering projects thinking the production FX were okay, and then getting it back saying that I didn't edit enough and they needed full coverage. So now I'm really just trying to be as detailed as possible for all of my work despite how exhausting it can be.
So I suppose my question can be phrased in two forms:
Sound editors, are you actually cutting foley from top to bottom for films? Do you see this more commonly as budgets are shrinking? How are you getting through details and staying sane doing this type of work (And getting through it efficiently)?
Supervising sound editors/re-recording mixers, how often do you get sessions with 100% cut in foley? Do you find that this is directly related to budget, or is it somehow more practical? Any advice for sound editors?
Thanks for your time and answers, I'd love to sit and chat if anyone is based in Los Angeles