Pit People VO Spotlight: Monica Franco

Through mutual friends I’ve come to know Monica and her voice work. The vocal roles I needed filled weren’t the same sort of flavor as what others usually request of her. We had her working remotely for this one, so I’d give my rundown of what these characters are like and then wait for the magic! Monica nailed it on her first attempt.

The Gorgons are confident ladies who follow Greek mythology pretty closely. The Pit People Gorgons are a little confident, a little alluring, and a little mysterious. I think Monica nailed the vibe I was looking for which was potentially one of the most difficult roles on Pit People.

Monica also voiced Pandora, who is Pipistrella’s sibling. Pandora isn’t phased too much by most things, and might fit description of a tomboy overall. She wields a mace, along with her tiny tiara over partially combed hair.

(See the introduction of the full Pit People VO Cast in “The Voices of Pit People)

Interview with Monica Franco

Big thanks to Monica for taking the time to respond to our questions about her experience working with us!

  • Did you receive any direction from our team for the character(s) you voiced? If yes, what was requested?

  • Since I’m all the way on the east coast, my direction came mostly from email conversations and pictures of the character so I had a little freedom to play around with the sound.

  • How much of the game did you know before creating the voice(s)?

  • I knew a fair amount about the game, I got to see some of the testing as well, so I was able to see how the character moved and behaved which gave some insight into what the creators wanted for the voices!

  • What was your creative process in creating the dialogue for your character(s)?

  • My creative process (and I’m using the term very loosely here) really just consisted or rambling for a few hours, just complete gibberish and crossing my fingers.

  • What was your favorite part of creating the voices?

  • Knowing that I have no script, and the freedom of making a barrage of strange monkey noises in full knowledge that at least 50% of them would make it into the game.

  • What’s your favorite piece of gibberish?

  • The Gorgon’s “LANGUAGE” hands down. After playing it back I thought it sounded like Parseltongue and THAT’S PRETTY RAD!

Sound Clips

Here are a few VO clips from the game and some outtakes!