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 The Sound of Spurs

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The Sound of Spurs
« on: Jan 19, 2009, 11:29 PM »
Alright, so one thing I'd like to have on my Dohver suit is the sound of spurs. I however, do not want to HAVE spurs. No spiked heel ornaments for me. I'd prefer to have whatever is making the sound be something totally different, or totally invisible. I just don't want it to look like spurs... just need the sound.

Ideas I've had range from having a hinge like piece of metal on the heel that would click... also had a few where I hollow out the heel and put in metal, etc... but... I'm not sure.

Anyone have any ideas?

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #1 on: Jan 19, 2009, 11:33 PM »
i'm not very skilled with actual construction, but i have a good head for stuff like this. howsabout....you take a hollow heel and create some kind of mechanism INSIDE OF the heel? that way, it's hidden so you don't have a flap that keeps separate from your boots when you walk, and you don't just have some random bits of metal clacking out-of-sync with each other within the compartment?

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #2 on: Jan 19, 2009, 11:45 PM »
If you use the hollowed out heel, make sure that the back of the heel has an area for the sound to escape

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #3 on: Jan 20, 2009, 12:36 AM »
I heard in ESB they actually put spurs on Boba...but of course you couldn't see his feet in the scenes that you could hear it.

I would say some washers on a loose screw in the bottom edge of your boot? (side of boot sole)

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #4 on: Jan 20, 2009, 12:42 AM »
I heard in ESB they actually put spurs on Boba...but of course you couldn't see his feet in the scenes that you could hear it.

I would say some washers on a loose screw in the bottom edge of your boot? (side of boot sole)

That's an interesting idea. I could have it visible and still blame it as something functional. Hmm... Think a simple bolt type screw with some interesting bits of metal on it would work?...

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #5 on: Jan 21, 2009, 08:39 PM »
I heard in ESB they actually put spurs on Boba...but of course you couldn't see his feet in the scenes that you could hear it.

Either that, or I think it was most likely Ben Burtt simply added the sound of spurs in post production while working on the sound design, in order to give Boba that unique presence on-screen.  I heard the official story somewhere....


One thing you could try doing Bio, is pick up some PVC or metal piping, cut it into a small section, put in some small debris like metal BB's or nuts, and then put caps on each end.  Essentially, you'll have something like a rattle.  Then you just strap it to your ankle underneath your suit, and see what happens.

If that doesn't work, I'd try experimenting around with different materials working off of the same general idea.  Something you can strap to your ankle or calf, which when walking would create that spurs sound.

Small bells kind-of sound like this too when you hold them in your hand tightly and don't allow the metal casing to vibrate, creating a much duller ring/jingle.

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #6 on: Jan 21, 2009, 09:01 PM »
Courtney from the DSG/AZ Mando's has a chain on her belt that smacks her metal cod plate as she walks. You could easily emulate that and keep it hidden. It makes a nice effect when she walks. She sounds like she's wearing a set of Medevil style armor. When I made her her custom figure, she was most impressed that I added the chains which give her her distinctive sound!

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #7 on: Jan 22, 2009, 02:26 PM »
Courtney from the DSG/AZ Mando's has a chain on her belt that smacks her metal cod plate as she walks. You could easily emulate that and keep it hidden. It makes a nice effect when she walks. She sounds like she's wearing a set of Medevil style armor. When I made her her custom figure, she was most impressed that I added the chains which give her her distinctive sound!

That does give me a good idea... not exactly that though...

A loosely screwed/nailed on plate of metal along the back of the shoe on the sole... and have either a chain or something that will clink on it... maybe?

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #8 on: Jan 22, 2009, 03:05 PM »
What about putting something in a pocket? When I wear my cargo pants, I always have my keys and change making noise from banging against each other. Thought it was a cool sound and instantly thought of Clint Eastwood.

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #9 on: Jan 22, 2009, 03:18 PM »
When i was in cadets among other things I was a gunner and then a gunnery instructor, when you pass your instructors qualification course you get was are called "gunnery heels" which are metal plates that go onto the heels of your boots. When you walk they make a metal clicking sound (their nicknames are clickers). Its a very distinct sound and I have them on the boots I use for my armor. They dont have a spur sound but a metal click click click every where you go...

I can post pics and such if you want more info...

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #10 on: Jan 22, 2009, 04:12 PM »
Sure Tag'ric! That'd be nice. It'd at least give me a good idea to think about. ;)


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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #11 on: Jan 22, 2009, 07:36 PM »
Tag"ric beat me to it. In my army days they were called taps and all they are are two small pieces of metal that conect to the toe and heal of your boot. Won't get the rattle effect that you get from spurs, but will give you a metalic click type of sound when ever you take a step.

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #12 on: Jan 22, 2009, 07:42 PM »
Yes, that is what I was going to recommend as well. We called them 'Taps' and would put them on the heels of our engineers' boots. It's a half moon shaped piece of steel that any shoe repair guy can put on your boot heels.  Just be careful when you put your heel down on a slick, polished floor. Your foot will slide right out in front of you and you'll be doing the splits in no time flat! HAHA!

You also might try a small, self tapping screw straight into the outside of your boot heel. Put two washers on each screw with a little spacer in between. When you walk they will 'ping' against each other.  Maybe....  ;)

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #13 on: Jan 23, 2009, 07:01 PM »
Ok so after some checking online I cant find any where that sells the British gunnery heels that use to be issued through the Canadian Forces.

However on my #2 boots I had a metal tap placed on the heels at a local shoe shop and these you can find online, I found them on ebay but they cost me a few bucks at my local shoe shop. I also found Horseshoe heel plates on ebay but they are sized to fit different heels.

These are what the ones look like from the shoe shop. If you look at the heel you can see a horseshoe shape under the tap and that is where the original issue ones go, I have them on my #1 pair but they are in storage somewhere so I dont have a pic, sorry.

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Re: The Sound of Spurs
« Reply #14 on: Jan 26, 2009, 09:16 PM »
I heard in ESB they actually put spurs on Boba...but of course you couldn't see his feet in the scenes that you could hear it.

I would say some washers on a loose screw in the bottom edge of your boot? (side of boot sole)

ben burtt added the spurs sound effect in post
fett never wore spurs
tho it is definitely one of the most awesome things about the character lol

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