Inside a Video Game Voice Over Studio

Take a peak inside the recording studio where the voice over is recorded for Defense Grid 2


Jennifer Hale asks a few questions about the character. That’s less than 30 seconds after she walks in the room.

Her arrival prompts the usual bit of Hollywood hug and kiss, and some hello-how-are-yous, but then it’s down to business.

Who is this character? What is she doing? Why is she here?

And then, just a minute later, she’s in the booth and she’s nailing it.

If you’ve played a video game in the past several years, you’ll probably recognize her voice. Her list of credits is enormous. Baldur’s Gate, Planescape: Torment, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, Metroid Prime, Knights of the Old Republic, Mercenaries, the Metal Gear Solid series, Mass Effect 2 and 3, Gears of War 3, Diablo 3, Halo 4 and 5, Call of Duty: Black Ops, BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us and Broken Age are not even half of the games she’s contributed to.

And now, added to that list, is Defense Grid 2.

Executive Producer Jeff Pobst and Script Co-Writer Sam Ernst are directing, sitting in chairs with wood frames and slung canvas, like you’d expect. Each is holding a script the size of a small phone book. The engineer signals he’s ready to begin. And Hale begins.

Standing in the recording booth, she runs over a couple of lines, trying out different voices. She’s playing a new character, a former scientist who is now part of a computer, and who will help the player.

Hale asks if it’s all right if the character is well-traveled. “She’s moved around a lot, but spent a lot of time in Australia?” she suggests.

Pobst says, “Sure.”

And then Hale drops it, and it’s perfect. A fully realized character, pulled out of the bag like it’s nothing. The result of (and perhaps the cause for) over two decades of successful work in the video game industry.

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If getting things in focus is your ultimate goal – here are 5 ways to ensure everything in frame will be in focus.

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#1- Zoom in before recording

Might sound simple enough but I still train people who aren’t aware that you can digitally zoom in (x5 and x10) and check your focus before you start recording. The reason this is helpful as many people are focusing off the back of their LCD monitor on the camera. It can be hard to judge focus off the back of the camera for a couple of reasons. First, for older shooters or those of us who were corrective glasses/contacts it can be difficult to find the happy balance of seeing the LCD itself in focus before dealing with whether or not the shot is in focus.

Secondly, the main reason it is difficult to judge if your shot is in focus is because you are looking at a tiny screen. The smaller the image you are looking at the more masked the effects of soft focus. This results in many people thinking the shot is in focus but when they look at a larger screen they realize the focal point is not where they wanted or the overall image is slightly soft and renders the shot unusable. Zoom in and you will set yourself up for the best possibility for your footage to be in focus. The fact the image is so small masks if the image is slightly soft and you won’t notice until you are look at your footage after the shoot. By that time you are too late and now you have footage you need that isn’t in focus.

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