VO Behind The Scenes – Mass Effect 2
For this installment of VO Behind The Scenes, I want to take a look at the upcoming Mass Effect 2 Video Game. Now, whether you play video games or not, they are a multi-billion dollar industry, and it’s important to remember that many video games can feature hundreds of speaking roles, making them a veritable feast of opportunities for voice actors.
Of course, this video focuses on the big name stars in the cast, and that’s understandable as it is meant to be promotional in nature. But pay attention to a few of the names mixed in amongst the Martin Sheens and Seth Greens: Natalia Cigliuti, Liz Sroka, and Simon Templeman. While Natalie Cigliuti is a television actress who’s adding voice acting to her talent roster, both Liz Sroka and Simon Templeman are primarily voice actors.
In fact, Liz Sroka is even relatively new to the field. Her previous credits include a leading role in the anime series Blood+: The Last Vampire, but aside from that, Mass Effect 2 marks one of few big-name projects on her resume. This is a great example of somebody using their talent and marketing efforts to build success quickly in an area of voice overs that many people traditionally ignore.
Simon Templeman, on the other hand, is a voice over and video game veteran. His credits include roles in popular video games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Uncharted & Uncharted 2, several Lord of the Rings titles, Everquest II, and The Bard’s Tale, among others. He’s also been featured in such cartoons as The Incredible Hulk, TaleSpin, The Fantastic Four, and Higglytown Heroes. Clearly, he’s a professional that is welcomed by the video game world due to his talent and easygoing nature, which is evident in the video above.
What you don’t see in this four-minute promotional video are the dozens (if not more) of lesser-known voice actors who provided voices for this game. Even characters with one or two lines each — which are plentiful in a video game this size — are usually performed by a number of different voice actors. Some of them will play multiple characters, but a major video game effort like this usually involves the recording of some hundreds of characters. Remember, while the average Hollywood movie has approximately 2,000 lines of dialogue, the average video game has anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 lines of dialogue.
That’s a heck of a lot of VO!
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