Me a wrestler? LOL…not a prayer. Oh, when I was in High School back in Fort Worth, I did the obligatory Greco-Roman wrestling that the Tarrant County School Board required of kids my age as part of the Physical Education program. I even toyed with the idea of joining my school’s team for a brief time, but the coach disabused me of that notion pretty quickly. I was the president of my Drama club which was much more suitable, given my skill set. (I could act like a wrestler and make people believe it, but doing the “chicken-wing” was really NOT my thing.)
A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from a dear friend, Mitchell Stuart at HQ Productions, who wanted me to do the voice and sound design for a TV commercial he was designing. After running everything through Hoss (my agent at Atlas Talent), I was on. The client was THQ, the video gaming giant with a brand new version of a top-seller, WWE. (In spite of the similarity in names, THQ is NOT related to HQ.) This incarnation of the game (#12) introduces Brock Lesnar to their collection and will go on sale in November.
Understand, aside from my brief HS career, my wrestling qualifications for doing a spot like this boils down to meeting Hulk Hogan once. He came into the station a few years ago, helping his daughter Brooke promote her single release. (By the way, he’s a really nice guy and Brooke was a lot of fun.) But I have certainly seen enough to have a sense of where this little movie needed to be, sound-wise. I got clearance from Robert Dudzic to use some Trynity HD/FX effects and music and was ready to rumble, so to speak.
As is the case generally, I received a link for an MOV file which had a scratch audio track on it, including Brock’s on-camera voice. This was so I could build the audio track with his voice and keep everything in sync. There were also a few effects in the audio that they had thrown in to give me an idea about what they were thinking when they built the video. I imported the video and audio to a new PT session and began. I ripped Brock’s VO out of the scratch track and married it to mine and then threw the mix up to the video producer, Alex Dolginko for re-syncing and publishing to the THQ folks for approval.
To say that we got approval really doesn’t tell the story. I think they were genuinely thrilled with the results. They had to make an adjustment to the video, adding actual game footage, which meant I had to make an adjustment to the audio, but once we re-synced again…it was a go. It hit their website this morning so I thought I’d post it here as well.
If you can, put the sound up on a big system so you get the full impact. 111006thq-BrockRevealFinal
I know this site is all about production and voice work but, if you are a fan of WWE, I’m sure THQ wouldn’t mind if you bought a copy. LOL