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Little Car, Big Voice…

Wed., May 16, 2007 – We at MiniGuy often get calls for photo shoots, or for television, movie and music video work, but I was still surprised when I got a call for a Mini to do a “voiceover.”

Not a voiceover actually, but a call to be the voice of a classic Mini Cooper in a new racing video game under development by Microsoft.

Below is the email I received, then how I was able to help…

—–Original Message—–
From: (Sound Motorsports, Microsoft)
Sent: Friday, February 02, 2007 4:21 PM
To: miniguy@miniguy.com
Subject: Looking for a Mini Cooper in the Seattle area

Hi, Michael!
Hey, thanks for taking the time to talk to me this afternoon. Again, I am trying to locate a Mini Cooper that we could record for a racing game coming up for the Xbox 360 that features a ’64 Mini Cooper S. We pride ourselves on making the most realistic games, and using a car that sounds right is very important to us.

I think the ’64 Cooper S had dual SU’s, so that’s what I’m hoping to find. I don’t think it matters if it’s a 998, 1075, 1275cc, or whatever, as long as it sounds right. I am hoping that you might either know someone with a suitable car in the Seattle area, or at least know someone within the local Mini club (SAMOA) that I could make contact with regarding this.

Thanks for your help, Michael!
Sincerely,
[xxxx xxxxx]
audio content coordinator
sound motorsports
Microsoft Game Studios
—–END Message—–

No problem, I thought. I made a few inquiries and was able to locate my former personal Mini, which now, as it turns out, lives with its new owner in Seattle. A quick call later, and I had an eager okay from new owner Kim A., and put her in touch with the Microsoft guys…

Kim later emailed, “It went well. It was fun, and those guys were highly entertaining. It took about four hours, and the Mini performed like a champ!”

So, someday, when you sit down to play with your xBox 360, listen closely and you just might hear the voice of yet another classic MiniGuy Mini…

p.s.- If you haven’t seen/heard it already, here’s a link to a music video that featured a half-dozen classic MiniGuy Minis for the band Dishwalla…(Features, Mar. 4, 2004)

 

And here’s another classic MiniGuy Mini in a Target/Tide Detergent commercial…(Features, Mar. 15, 2004)

http://www.miniguy.com/movies/target_mini_ad.mpeg