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About me

Hi! My name's Mattia, and I've been writing and making games for the last half decade.

I was pulled into this world of interactivity by the Metal Gear Solid series, around half of Naughty Dog's entire game portfolio and the dangerously beautiful works on the souls series by FromSoftware.

For as long as I could remember, the symbiosis between narrative and gameplay had meant a lot to me. The embedded meter I had when feeling pulled out of immersion by the story and game not connecting the way they should had me analyze games from the young age of 13; constantly looking for ways, methods and techniques to unify the two into a consistent flow that would lead into compelling gameplay experiences that had a message to say.

This journey had led me to leave my country, Malta, to pursue a degree in Game Design in London. On this journey, I've become fluent with multiple game engines, chief being Unreal Engine 5 - and I've become all too familiar with player psychology, always keeping that in mind when crafting single-player experiences that make people feel and think.

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Experience

JUNE 2023 - MARCH 2024

Coopy Labs

Game Designer

Facilitating the overall Design and Development of a mobile game experience using Unreal Engine 5. My role entailed multi-disciplinary actions revolving around maintaining our gameplay loop and in-house technologies in order to meet deadlines for the project.

JUNE 2021 - PRESENT

Idiom Creations

Co-Founder & Game Designer

Starting off as a University Project, Idiom Creations’ thriller game Recollection was selected for Tranzfuser 2022, an incubation programme run by UK Games Talent to assist in the growth and development of start-up studios. This experience had kickstarted the development of our other independent games, including Palmageddon, Burn The Witch and a currently unannounced title. My role includes Game & Narrative Design.

AUGUST 2022 - SEPTEMBER 2022

FunTech Ltd

Creative Technology Tutor

Taught Minecraft Engineering and Minecraft Redstone to children and teenagers. This role also entailed one-to-one coaching to guide and inspire the pursuit of creative or educational career paths.

NOVEMBER 2021 - SEPTEMBER 2022

BotPlanet Ltd

Game Operations Director

Leading the creative development for Nexus Shift, a game project undertaken by a blockchain start-up based in Asia. This role also entailed project and operations management from pre-production to the final stages of development stages of the project.

JULY 2018 - SEPTEMBER 2019

Monolith Ltd

Video Editor & Graphic Designer

Worked alongside BAFTA-winning directors and producers in a film production company located in Malta. My duties here included Graphic Design and Video Editing for multiple projects, often running concurrently.

This internship allowed me to develop speed and proficiency in applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects. Additionally, during production, I was tasked with the roles of on-set runner and script editor. This experience allowed me to embrace the pace and pressure of the communications industry, where round-the-clock schedules are necessary to meet tight deadlines while working collaboratively with creative teams.

Education

SEPTEMBER 2019 - JUNE 2022

University of East London / Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Computer Games Design: Story Development

Obtained a 1:1 degree in Computer Games Design and Story Development at the University of East London, where I was also elected as Student Rep. The course had really opened me up to my driving passion and pursuits, equipping me with the right tools to create ludonarrative experiences as well as learn invaluable information from several industry figures.

SEPTEMBER 2016 - MARCH 2018

St. Edward's College Malta / International Baccalaureate

Studied Art, Philosophy and Computer Science at Higher Level; and Maths, Spanish and English at Standard Level.

During my time at St. Edward’s, I was also active in their creative industries - writing and directing theatrical productions as well as showcasing art pieces in exhibitions I organized with my peers.

Looking for collaboration?

LET'S TALK

Call or Whatsapp on:

+44 078 3270 4224

or drop me a line on:

info@mattiadarmanin.com
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