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Community Focus: Neenkin

We are back with another Community Focus. This our chance to find outstanding members from our vast community and let them share a little bit about themselves. This week, we invited in someone who’s work you may have seen over the years. They have worked on a wide array of Destiny videos and montages and have created some powerful videos and 3D art. 

Please meet Neenkin.

We’ve heard whispers of your legend from Guardians throughout the community, but would love to hear directly from the source. Tell us a bit about yourself, and how you came to join the Destiny community. 

Neenkin: Hey everyone! I'm Neenkin. I'm a video editor, VFX artist, and 3D artist. I'm primarily self-taught, and have been pursuing creative endeavors for most of my life. I'm obsessed with visual storytelling, and have been working on all sorts of Destiny-related videos and artworks for the past seven years. 

I played the Destiny Alpha spontaneously. At the time, I didn't know much about the game and wasn't too sure if it was something that would interest me, but within five minutes of loading into the menu, my curiosity had been captured in a way that few other games have managed to do. I was so captivated by the atmosphere and aesthetic of the game that I felt compelled to edit my own video showcasing my favorite class in action. 

That video got quite a bit of attention, which led to meeting some Destiny community members and getting to work with them. I worked with tripleWRECK to create his "WRECKONING" montage. The success of that video is really what connected me with a larger side of the Destiny community. I've gotten to meet many wonderful people and work on incredibly fun projects since then! 

Always great to run into a fellow Destiny Alpha vet. What began your journey into the world of art and montages? 

Neenkin: I've been pursuing art since I was 11 years old (I'm 26 now). I've always been inclined towards filmmaking, but have had a huge interest in the game industry as well. I explored 3D animation, programming, music, and video editing for several years during my teens.  

Shortly before the release of Destiny, my video editing pursuits converged with my gaming hobby, and I began creating my own gameplay videos. I saw these videos as an opportunity to practice skills relevant to filmmaking, such as compositing and visual effects. This all led to the stylized montages that I've been producing over the past few years. In this way, Destiny has been a huge factor in bringing me back to skills I used to be passionate about. I've become a very proficient compositor, editor, and am now once again learning 3D modeling and animation. 

What’s your favorite Guardian class, and why? 

Neenkin: My favorite class has always been, and will always be, Warlocks. Why? Their absolutely unrivaled fashion. Even before I played the game for the first time, I told myself that no matter which class had the abilities I liked most, I would simply be choosing Warlocks for their awesome trench coats and elegant robes. 

Warlocks are one of the best dressed classes in Destiny. Just behind Hunters... and then Titans. Do you lean towards any specific tools of destruction? Favorite Exotics, builds, or other? 

Neenkin: Since it was introduced to the game, I've seldom unequipped Ace of Spades. I love the way the gun feels to use, and the combination of Memento Mori and Firefly make for an addicting gameplay loop within each encounter. I also love anything void-related. Throwing nova bombs and seeing countless enemies dissolve in purple space magic does not get old for me. 

How have you been enjoying Beyond Light and the past few Seasons? 

Neenkin: They’re great! I haven't gotten to play as much as I'd like, but I can definitely say the narrative content is fantastic. I've been thoroughly enjoying the story, and can admit I've lost track of time reading lore tabs quite a bit lately. The environments being introduced to the game are also phenomenal. In fact, I think Bray Exoscience is my favorite area in all of Destiny. I'm hoping to have time to catch up on some of the more difficult activities soon, but I've never felt more immersed in Destiny's world and story. 

If you could actually visit any destination in the Destiny universe, which would it be and why? 

Neenkin: As mentioned, Bray Exoscience is an area I love but definitely not a place I'd like to be personally. The Dreaming City on the other hand, is stunning and certainly a place I'd love to visit. Can't tell you how many hours I've spent exploring there. Every inch just screams of ethereal beauty. Almost feels like sci-fi Tolkien! 

Any shoutouts or final thoughts before we wrap up? 

Neenkin: I'd like to thank all of you working at Bungie! The talent that goes into creating Destiny has been a huge source of inspiration for many artists, including myself. The game and the people that love it have had a huge impact on my life, for which I couldn't be more grateful. 

Thanks for taking some time away from creating awesome montages to share your story here! If you would like to know more about Neenkin and the content he creates, check out his website.  

We have more Community Focus articles planned. If you know someone in the community who has a cool story to tell, let me and Dmg know on Twitter or our forums
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