CHRISTOPHER DAVID PRIESTMAN

E-mail: priestmanchris@gmail.com

LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/pub/chris-priestman/24/969/70/

Six years experience writing and editing articles on videogames and internet culture in print and online.


WORK EXPERIENCE

 March 2012 to present – Various – Freelance Writer

  • Regular contributions to various websites and magazines as feature writer
  • Publications: Edge Magazine, The Guardian, GameSpot, The Atlantic, Eurogamer, Motherboard, Kotaku, Waypoint, Gamasutra

February 2014 to January 2017 – Kill Screen – killscreen.com – Web Editor

  • Handle review assignments, secure codes, and assign features to writers
  • Recruit and train new freelancers to meet Kill Screen’s expectations
  • Write daily news articles and edit all other Kill Screen web content
  • Write feature articles for Kill Screen’s print magazine
  • Curate annual events including Kill Screen Festival and Versions

August 2014 to February 2016 – Siliconera – siliconera.com – Writer

  • Find and write daily news on indie games, game mods, MMOs, Japanese culture, internet culture, and mobile games
  • Provide an interview with a game creator once a week

August 2013 to December 2015 – Pocket Gamer – pocketgamer.co.uk – News Writer

  • Write up all news content for the website during the afternoon shift (1 – 5pm)
  • Write listicles, interviews, and opinion pieces that appeal to mobile game consumers
  • Attend Steel Media events (PG Connects, Big Indie Pitch) as reporter and judge

 August 2012 to March 2014 – Sumom Games, Ukraine – Narrative Consultant, PR

  • Write narrative and dialogue for sci-fi shoot ’em up PC game, Humans Must Answer
  • Act as creative consultant on Humans Must Answer during development
  • Contact major press outlets with press releases, interviews, and development videos
  • Single-handedly launch and maintain a successful Kickstarter campaign
  • Speak to major online distributors in order to secure release platforms

November 2012 to January 2014 – IndieStatik – indiestatik.com – Editor-in-Chief

  • Research and write stories on indie game developers and communities
  • Write reviews, previews, guides, features and news on indie games and developers
  • Produce and co-host a weekly podcast
  • Attend key gaming events around Europe
  • Tailor website with basic PHP and HTML skills
  • Use Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Reddit and YouTube to promote articles

December 2011 to July 2012 – The Indie Game Magazine:  Editor-in-Chief

  • Write daily news for indie game fans
  • Establish and maintain communication with various business and PR contacts
  • Recruit staff and delegate them appropriate assignments
  • Edit articles and train other editors to maintain brand style, form, and expectations
  • Collect and edit submissions to IGM’s monthly digital magazine

EDUCATION

2007 – 10     BA (Hons) Film Studies – University of Portsmouth

Degree classification 2:1

Degree focused on academic approaches to film and cinema. Subjects included: Politics and Culture of 20th Century America; Global Concerns of Representation and Identity; Problems and Challenges of the Information Age; Post-modern Concepts in Art; Producing and Making Short Films; Analysing British Culture and its Representation; The Public and Private Spheres; Cults in TV and Film; European Politics and Culture.

Developed ability to:

  • present strong written arguments by selecting and communicating  findings in a structured, coherent and persuasive manner
  • conduct research using different tools and sources
  • work independently, setting my own deadlines and managing my time when under pressure

SKILLS

  • Researching, writing, and reporting articles for print and digital media
  • Preparing and performing presentations and interviews on stage – staged and recorded interview with Tale of Tales at A MAZE. in April 2014
  • Podcasts – host and guest, being informative and entertaining while minute watching
  • Producing videos – reviews, video essays, discussions of news topics
  • Use of SEO and social media (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram) to grow audiences
  • Experience using video editing tools for video reviews and short films: iMovie, Final Cut Studio, Avid Media Composer, Motion
  • Experienced in editing podcasts with GarageBand Music Creator & Soundtrack Pro
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and some CSS and PHP for web design
  • Full, clean driving license held for 10 years (passed Dec 2006)