Hiring?

945689_10151668713540992_840016436_n“I’m looking for someone to X. Can you do X?”

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you’re viewing this page and you’re searching for someone to join your team, then I’m going to tell you what I can do to make your life easier.

TECHNICALLY, I love problem solving and have always enjoyed fixing and building things. I’d be more than happy to take a programming test or present you with my portfolio to show you examples of my coding ability. My primary languages are C++ and C#. I would be an industrious and enthusiastic addition to your dev team. I’m not just saying that – I love to work!

CREATIVELY, my primary strength is in writing. I’m an accomplished photographer, videographer, director and editor, but if you want someone who can add value to your company by writing flavour text, press releases, publicity materials, dialogue, storylines, character outlines, design docs, blog posts – anything! – I’m your man. I love writing and I’ve done it a lot. I have a good ear for dialect and a great sense of tone.

LOGISTICALLY, I’ve worked as a producer and production manager, and handled a lot of admin – normally under quite a bit of pressure. If you wanted someone to contribute to running your office or projects more smoothly, I can manage teams, schedules and budgets, file a stack of invoices or hound people for a meeting like you wouldn’t believe.

I really like being a team player, and apart from being able to code, write and organise, I can also shoot (kickstarter!) and edit (trailers!) video to a professional standard, direct actors (voice acting! cut-scenes!) shoot stills, manage your social media, deal with press, customers and clients and build a wicked rollercoaster in Minecraft, though I don’t mind doing that last one in my own time.

“Wow. You sound like you could definitely come in handy, what’s your story?”

I’ve been interesting in making worlds and telling stories since I was a kid. Before I owned a camera, I was blagging gear and persuading mates (and strangers) into helping me out on my films. At the age of 22 I finished my first feature, a comedy called Rise of The Bricks. I had no idea what I was doing, nor any money, but it was pretty good, and got a lot of laughs.

I was fortunate enough that my debut film was noticed and I spent a few years in the film business, moving between writing, directing, producing and all the interesting stuff in-between, logistical and creative. I had always, always loved computer games, truth be told, probably more than I loved movies, but not having progressed past QBASIC in my childhood, I was intimidated by the prospect of entering the industry.

After winning some awards, going out on my own and wrapping up a couple of big projects, I had an unfamiliar feeling: a lull! I had been dabbling in Unity, Gamemaker and learning some Javascript online in my spare time, and I realised I was itching for a new challenge. A master’s-level course in C++ for games later, and I’ve had some wonderful experiences that have only made me more certain that this is what I want to do with my life.

I recently spent three months learning a lot while interning for Dublin indie Snozbot, working on their adventure game Spaaace Faaarm! and I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done and the ways I’ve grown in that time. I’m still contributing to that project and also interning at Gambrinous on their awesome pen’n’paper-style roguelike Guild of Dungeoneering. I’ve competed (and even won!) in game jams, created my own games, landed a job reviewing games for a national print publication and fallen even further in love with the medium.

“I want to talk to you. How do I make that happen?”

Great!

You can find my contact details on my C.V. below, or if you can’t wait, just drop me an email here or in the form in the sidebar.

[box style = “download”]Download: Ben Keenan’s C.V.[/box]

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Ben Keenan

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