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Work with Astrogun

Astrogun is a small self-funded independent games studio and publisher, supporting the company and ourselves by both contracting with other developers and with proceeds from our product sales, operating on a sole proprietor scale.  To ensure sustainability, our company is designed to be lean and modular, contracting work-for-hire project roles remotely worldwide as needed.

Astrogun SCA

All project work-for-hire is owned by Astrogun LLC outright per our Standard Contractor Agreement (SCA), deployed through Adobe Sign for swift e-signatures anywhere on the globe.  We are happy to provide and share credit with our contractors, ideally building a long-term relationship of ongoing collaboration on many projects.  We are also happy to refer our own clients to you, should there be a great fit in their projects as well.

Structure

At Astrogun, general roles report to Lead roles, and Lead roles report to Producer Christopher Reimschussel, who reports to Projects Lead Xander Davis.  Everyone works remotely on tasks managed in Trello, communication centralized in Slack, e-mail, and Skype video calls.  We don’t care about tracking time; we only care about timely results.

Remote Internships

As a very small indie studio, we are currently highly interested in bringing aboard remote interns willing to work solely for credit in our games (particularly our already-shipped, ongoing multi-platform game VAST™) and to gain valuable experience, mentorship, professional networking, and, depending on how you perform, written recommendations.  This is especially meant to appeal to those starting their careers in the games industry.  In your submission, let us know if you are applying as an Intern; this will make you extremely attractive to us. We will not forget those who believe in us early, stick with us, and are about to help us achieve the next level.

Responsiveness

If we don’t respond, rest assured, all submitted CVs / portfolios are kept on file.  See our specific jobs postings below for whatever need we’re currently exploring:

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Marketing Lead

Projects: Astrogun / Astrogun Ultra!™ / VAST™

Astrogun is looking for a Marketing Lead for both Astrogun and our debut title VAST™ out now on iOS / tvOS.  The Marketing Lead will be in charge of market research, developing marketing strategies, overseeing their deployment, building Astrogun’s own community and publishing platforms, and driving sales of our products to reach monthly and/or quarterly goals.  The Marketing Lead may also become our point person for engaging with and even doing interviews with the games press.  The Marketing Lead will oversee the Community Manager, Presentation Personalities, Video Producers, Graphic Designers, and Astrogun Ultra!™ content writers / producers who will be making marketing content to support and ever increasingly build momentum for Astrogun, VAST™, and other potential Astrogun games and products.

Reports to: Producer

To Apply

If interested, send us your CV (and any games journalism examples) here: jobs@astrogun.com

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Community Manager

Projects: Astrogun / Astrogun Ultra!™ / VAST™

Astrogun is looking for a remote contract Community Manager to work with the Marketing Lead to help us find ways to engage with the public, particularly Apple fans, engage with games / Apple press, raise awareness of our studio and game VAST, grow our fan base, keep interest active and expanding during VAST’s continued development, and can turn this energy into sales conversions of Astrogun products.

Prior experience as a Community Manager for a game, games studio, and/or games publisher is a significant plus.  Bonus points if you are also a games journalist and can also contribute content to the site in parallel with the Site Features Writer(s).

Major bonus points if you already have a following, Twitch / YouTube streaming presence, and can also become our principle Presentation Personality or one of them.

Reports to: Marketing Lead

To Apply

If interested, send us your CV (and any games journalism examples) here: jobs@astrogun.com

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Presentation Personality

Projects: Astrogun Ultra!™

Astrogun is looking for at least one Presentation Personality to become the face of Astrogun and present our games to the world through our Astrogun Ultra!™ marketing division.  You will be the host of our various video and podcast shows we are planning on starting, including behind the scenes featurettes and occasional updates to fans by interviewing members of Astrogun teams.  If you already have a YouTube/Twitch/etc… presence with a building audience and traction, we are very interested in working with you.  We would publish video with you under our accounts and hope you can help us build our audiences there directly, possibly with cross-promotion with your accounts.

Reports to: Marketing Lead

To Apply

If interested, send us your CV (and any games journalism examples) here: jobs@astrogun.com

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Video Producer(s)

Projects: Astrogun Ultra!

Astrogun is looking for video producers to help us design, storyboard, and cut together video content we will be creating through Astrogun Ultra!™ to support Astrogun, VAST™, and potentially other Astrogun products.  This will include trailers for Astrogun games, behind the scenes featurettes, video podcasts, and Astrogun Ultra™ shows hosted by Astrogun’s Presentation Personalities.  Experience working with motion graphics, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, and general video post-production is a plus.  Send your channel or demo reel in your submission.

Reports to: Marketing Lead

To Apply

If interested, send us your examples of existing games journalism work here: jobs@astrogun.com

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Content Writer(s)

Projects: Astrogun Ultra!

Astrogun is looking for freelance games journalists or general marketing content copywriters to help us design and create content, especially Features articles directly on Astrogun Ultra™ at www.astrogun.com/ultra (now in development), chronicling all things Astrogun.  This includes supporting behind-the-scenes development, publishing, and worldwide engagement of our debut title VAST, as well as content to help us attract, grow, and interact with our fan base and customers.  This would involve helping us brainstorm feature ideas, taking on assignments, regular interviews with production team members, overviews of development progress, previews on forthcoming game content, ideas for additional approaches to presenting to the world, script writing for Astrogun Ultra™ video content shows, and so on.

Bonus points if you already have or still do work for Nintendo fan / news sites.

Reports to: Marketing Lead

To Apply

If interested, send us your examples of existing games journalism work here: jobs@astrogun.com

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Graphic Designer(s)

Projects: Astrogun Ultra!

Astrogun is looking for graphic designers to take on a coherent range of collateral in both static and motion graphics for Astrogun Ultra!™, our online features magazine directly on Astrogun.com/Ultra, and its supporting video content to tie together and elevate our marketing for Astrogun, VAST™, and potentially other projects.  Apply with your portfolios!

Reports to: Marketing Lead

To Apply

If interested, send us your examples of existing games journalism work here: jobs@astrogun.com

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Art Lead

Project: VAST

Astrogun is looking for an Art Lead to help us develop and manage the overall VAST™ art direction and Art Department team, including Concept Artists, Character Artists, Environment Artists, Prop Artists, and Animators.  You should be able to demonstrate from your portfolio of work examples of an anime-flavored art style that translates into 3D models and environments and particularly as game assets.  General references to consider are the existing character illustrations of VAST™ artist Jennyson Rosero, the recent Dragonball Fighter Z game, Blizzard’s Overwatch, Supercell games, general Nintendo games, and others we can discuss with you.  Experience art directing other game projects is a major plus, but not required as long as you can demonstrate you are capable of this to us.

The Art Lead will also be helping us recruit new artists for the Art Department and will be put in charge of managing them.

Reports to: Producer

To Apply

If interested, send us your portfolio and rates here: jobs@astrogun.com

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Environment / Props Concept Artist

Project: VAST

Astrogun is looking for an Environment / Props Concept Artist to help us design and beautify our Episode scenes (which must be built in-engine under tight technical constraints).  Looking for a cartoony, manga / anime-style sci-fi sensibility reminiscent of 90’s JRPGs with a slight chibi, puffy aesthetic similar to Appleseed, Akira Toriyama, Shirow Masamune, etc…

Reports to: Art Lead

To Apply

If interested, send us your portfolio and rates here: jobs@astrogun.com

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Environment / Props 3D Artist

Project: VAST

Astrogun is looking for a 3D modeling / texturing Environment / Props Artist in Unity to help us design and beautify our Episode scenes and realize the concepts by our Concept Artists (which must be built in-engine under tight technical constraints).  Assets to be compatible with Modo and / or ultimately exported to FBX for Unity.  Artist will have solid command of creating surfaces with seamless compatibility between 3D production software and final in-engine Unity materials.

Reports to: Art Lead

To Apply

If interested, send us your portfolio and rates here: jobs@astrogun.com

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Textures / Materials Artist(s)

Project: VAST

Astrogun is looking for Textures / Materials Artists to help us design the look of the surfaces of our levels under an HD reinvention of old school traditional level building and texturing style that also fits within an ‘anime-flavored’ bright, colorful, and somewhat cartoony art direction.  We are not currently using Substance materials in Unity since this no longer is natively supported, but we can support Substance’s Bitmap2Material pipeline to import Substance-like materials into Unity’s Standard Shader.  Apply with your portfolios!

Reports to: Art Lead

To Apply

If interested, send us your portfolio and rates here: jobs@astrogun.com

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Level Designers

Project: VAST

Astrogun is looking to recruit level designers to help speed along the completion of the VAST™ Campaign ‘The Frozen Star’. You will be focused on following a general creative brief for levels and laying them out in ProBuilder, now natively part of Unity, at a graybox fidelity for delivery to Project Lead Xander Davis to integrate into VAST and finish. Examples of first person shooter levels you’ve made in your portfolio are a must (even as video playthroughs on YouTube / Vimeo / etc…).

Reports to: Producer

To Apply

If interested, send us your portfolio and rates here: jobs@astrogun.com

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Musician(s)

Project: General / Astrogun Ultra! / VAST

Astrogun is looking for Musicians willing to compose original music or sell existing music outright to Astrogun at a rate affordable to our lean studio.  We’re looking for music that spans from relaxing and calming to happy and cozy to swift and adventurous.  Target influences include Nintendo / Squaresoft / Square Enix Japanese-style anime / video game music, especially with a retro 90’s Super Nintendo video game vibe (however, not chip-tunes in production style, but can be chip-tune-like through modern production).  This is sometimes described as ‘organic electronic’.  High-energy music can include wailing and wild electric guitar riffs and drum’n’bass beats.  Other style guides include SEGA and Capcom.

Ideally, we’re looking for track buyout to own all rights as the record label for possible future releases of original soundtracks and may publish OSTs as ‘Astrogun’ (similar to certain other game publishers) and are happy to provide credit when possible.  In whatever product your music is used in, such as VAST, you will be included in the Credits section, which is then also viable for your own IMDb credit.  We can get your credit on IMDb if you need help with this too.

Reports to: Producer

To Apply

If interested, send us your examples of your music and rates here: jobs@astrogun.com