VO Behind-The-Scenes: Star Wars Lego
One of the things that I love about the video game industry is not just that it’s one of the fastest growing segments in the voice over field, but also that they’re so willing to share in the process that goes into making a great video game. Often, that includes behind-the-scenes videos that give us an all-too-rare glimpse into what goes into a professional VO recording session. Today, we have a really cool look at the making of the upcoming video game Star Wars Lego III: The Clone Wars.
There are a couple of things about this video that I really like. First of all, I’m pleased to see that the video game developers were smart enough to bring the talent from the TV show over to the video game. That creates a nice audio continuity and a real treat for fans of the show who buy the game.
What’s also great about this video is that this is a video game with NO ACTUAL DIALOGUE! Yes, that’s right, the Lego Star Wars video game uses voice actors but has no dialogue. Instead, it relies on all manner of vocal sound effects: grunts, cries, laughs, sighs, shouts, and more. That’s what makes this video so much fun; we basically get to see these professional voice actors come in and simply make funny noises for an entire day.
So I shared this video for two reasons. One, because it just shows how much fun voice acting can be. But more importantly, it illustrates how you never know what a day in the recording booth is going to be like. Recording vocal sound effects like these is not an uncommon thing, especially in the video game and animation worlds. It also shows how creative you need to be when you get in the booth; it’s important to be able to let go and just have fun with the whole process.
May the VO force be with you!
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