Backyard Battles

Backyard Battles

"The voiceover in our trailer went from laughably bad to perfect. It was exactly what we had in mind when writing.  Even the recording quality was better, as the talent we found had great equipment and the right recording environment." ~ Joshua Glazer, Naked Sky Entertainment, creators of Backyard Battles


The Challenge

  • Naked Sky Entertainment found out about a last minute opportunity to demo their new game, Backyard Battles, at the PAX Prime 2013 convention up in Seattle. 
  • As an independent game development studio, the chance to demo at the convention is a significant opportunity.
  • “We had under two weeks to plan out our booth design, and quickly realized a key component would be a trailer for our game, playing on a 37" TV embedded in a giant cardboard fort. Our art team and I set out planning, rendering and editing the trailer. By the time we had dialog locked, it was 4 days to PAX and our temporary VO (performed by myself and my wife!) just wasn't cutting it.“
  • Naked Sky Entertainment needed something professional, needed it fast, and needed it on a limited, independent studio budget.

Solution

  • Voices.com was referred to the studio by a contact.
  • “We checked out Voices.com and were able to immediately post our requirements and audition using our script." 
  • Needing one line of dialog from each of the two actors, the team was able to post that line as the audition requirement. A rough cut of the trailer (with a placeholder voice over) was shared so the applicants could get an idea of what was needed. Voices.com made that process extremely easy.
  • Time was of the essence for Naked Sky Entertainment: “Within minutes of the posting being approved the next day, applications began to pour in. Because the auditions contained the dialog we needed, we were able to grab the audio, stick it in Final Cut and test out each audition against the edited trailer. Doing this, we found an actress whose audition was so perfect we were able to use it in the final trailer with no further recording- this really saved time.”
  • Finding a second talent was just as straightforward for the team: “For the other line of dialog, we found an actor who was really close, but hadn't quite nailed it yet, so we scheduled a recording session for later that day. With a little direction he gave us exactly what we wanted (he was great to work with) and he was quickly edited into the trailer as well.”

Results

  • “The voice over in our trailer went from laughably bad to perfect. It was exactly what we had in mind when writing. Even the recording quality was better, as the talent we found had great equipment and the right recording environment.”
  • Voices.com helped to get Naked Sky Entertainment to the PAX Prime 2013 convention with a professional game trailer- on time, and on budget.

 

Key Statistics

Web site: Backyard Battles
Industry: Games
Size: Small
Region: North America (USA and Canada)
 

About Naked Sky Entertainment

Naked Sky Entertainment is an independent game development studio based in Los Angeles. Composed of top MIT programmers and award-winning designers and artists, we currently have a team of over 20 passionate, capable, dedicated, and hard-working team members. We are a licensed developer for Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Apple iOS. Our mission is to create meaningful, inspirational, and thought-provoking fun.