Things have been both amusing and embarrassing at work today. Today I joined the likes of Tom Cruse and Johny Depp. Today I was not a designer. Today I was an actor.
Making a computer game is a lot of work and requires a lot of different elements. Two of these elements are cut scenes and dialog. Sometimes to get them right we have to create tests before making the final version. None of us are actors but this involves filming ourselves acting out the cut scenes and recording our voices for the dialogue.
Today I have had to do just that. I spent an amusing few hour trying not to trip over my lines or laugh at the results. I also had to walk around with a block of plastic pretending it was a gun while trying to act like anything but the most mild mannered marine you have ever heard. In my head I sound like Jean-Claude Van Damme but on the recording I sounded more like Jean-Claude Gosh Darn. The results were very funny and I will have to try desperately to keep a straight face and not cringe during the next team presentation.
However, the whole company has already been witness to my award winning acting skills thanks to one of our animators who emailed the footage to everyone. I don’t know how to ‘thank’ her for this publicity yet so if you have any ideas please let me know.
I promise when I win an Oscar I will not let it go to my head. I will remember where I came from and include you all in my acceptance speech for my winning role.
In other work related news: The junk in the office has finally been sorted out over the last few days. As a computer game company we go through a lot of hardware which either has to be given away, stripped down for parts or thrown out. So I give you a photo of the place where monitors go to die.