About

I currently work at Nerd Monkeys, a videogame company located in Lisbon.
I’m comfortable in taking a project from concept pitch to final production, working with teams of producers, 3d artists, programmers, designers and sound designers.

Bio

Straight out of school in 1997 I worked for 7 years in television where I slowly made my way up. I started by cleaning a TV studio floor of Sigma3’s “3000 segundos”. Passed through several jobs within Sigma3 Audiovisuais like Camera Operator and Image Editor until I made my way to Graphics and Motion Design. I was responsible for a dozen different graphics packages for programs such as “Curto Circuito”, “CineXL” and “Cabaret da Coxa”. In my free time I designed logos, posters, websites and did interesting freelance jobs like producing the photos and graphics package for the music CD “Reaktor”.

With comics I started in 2003 with Filipe Andrade and my brother Rafael Pina doing a weekly online strip called “Fraggers”. Between 2006 and 2008 as a writer and a painter and also with Andrade, we published in a bi-monthly magazine the comic called BRK. The same comic would be later published as a book by Asa in 2009 where it received several awards including Best Art by BD Amadora and Best Book, Best Art and Best Story by Cental Comics. Another awarded project from Central Comics with the “Best Short Story awards was “Analepse”, published in the book “Venham+5” from Bedeteca de Beja in 2009. Ansd again with Andrade doing the art we made the short story “Saudade” published in the Polish-Portuguese book “City Stories” in 2010.
Published in 2011 by Asa, the comic “First Encounter” was based on the Under Siege videogame which I produced and wrote. This comic was published in the “Arte de Under Siege” book and also made available for free digitally online. From 2013 to 2016 I was part of the “The Lisbon Studio” collective where we published a free online digital magazine.
I am currently working on two new comic books and I have no idea when they will be out.

As for videogames, they have always been a big part of my life. I have been working in videogames in one way or another since 1999. In 2006 I co-founded and co-managed Seed Studios where we produced several games including Toy Shop Tycoon and Aquatic Tales for the Nintendo DS. In 2011, Under Siege for the PlayStation3 was created. Under Siege was published in more than 60 countries in six different languages and was awarded the ZON Grand Prize Award, the ZON Multimedia Award and the Exame Informática Best Software of 2011.
In 2013 I directed, wrote and co-produced Murder in the Hotel Lisbon for Windows, Mac and Linux for my newly created company, Nerd Monkeys. In 2015 we re-launched it for iOS and Android devices. In 2017 a new episode called The Express Killer will be launched.
From 2014 to 2016 I worked as a consultant, manager and designer with Science4You to create several educational videogames like Micro Dinos, Sparks – Mega Quiz and Smart Monkey among many others.

Lectured at ESAD in Porto between 2006 and 2007 in a subject dedicated to videogames.
Lectured at Odd School in June 2012 for the “make:Videogames” masterclass.
Lectured at ETIC in May/June 2013 for the “Modelling and Texturing” class.
Responsible for the development and implementation of the videogames design Post-Graduation at Alquimia da Cor in Porto where I also lectured from January to November 2013.
Briefly lectured at Flag Coimbra in 2016 for the “Advanced 3D Studio Max” class.
Currently lecturing at ETIC as a tutor on the course “Animação e Videojogos  // BTEC HND”.

I am currently working on my next videogame at the offices of Nerd Monkeys.
You can contact me through my email in the appropriate contacts page.

Interviews

Killscreen: http://killscreendaily.com/articles/columns/make-or-break/
Average Gamer: http://www.theaveragegamer.com/2010/12/15/building-a-dev-studio-interview-with-felipe-pina/
Rua de Baixo (PT): http://www.ruadebaixo.com/filipe-pina-e-filipe-andrade_brk.html
Falar Global (PT): http://cmtv.sapo.pt/programas/falar_global/detalhe/20150709_1206_videojogos_made_in_portugal.html
Newspaper Público + video (PT): http://www.publico.pt/tecnologia/noticia/eles-fazem-videojogos-e-sao-muito-bons-nisso-1691866#
RTP Arena (PT): http://arena.rtp.pt/magazine-rtp-arena-25/

Presentations

Videogames in Portugal at TEDx Barcelos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXY-_OkQqcY&feature=colike
Under Siege “Making off” at Odd School: http://vimeo.com/42418470
The art of Murder in the Hotel Lisbon at Microsoft GameDev Camp: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/GameDevCampPT/Game-Dev-Camp-Portugal-2014/A-arte-do-pixel-a-pixeliza-o-de-Inspector-Z-e-Robot-Palha-o-em-Crime-no-Hotel-Lisboa-VISUAL-ARTS-Tra

Links

Nerd Monkeys: http://www.nerdmonkeys.pt/
Seed Studios: http://www.seed-studios.com/
The Lisbon Studio: http://thelisbonstudio.blogspot.pt/
Science4you: http://www.science4you.pt/
Odd School: http://www.odd-school.com/pt
Alquimia da Cor: http://www.alquimiadacor.pt/
ESAD: http://esad.pt/
SPCV: http://www.spcvideojogos.org/
ETIC: http://www.etic.pt/
FLAG: http://www.flag.pt/