Chit-Chat With New Staff Writer Henry Winchester
Staff Writer By: Ricky Grove (gToon)
We're pleased to bring on Henry Winchester as a staff writer for our team. We decided to interview him and get the scoop on what his background consists of!
Tell us a little about your background? How did you get involved with the Computer Graphics industry?
I grew up loving films, video games and technology. I took a degree in film and media, and ended up writing my dissertation on sci-fi videogame Half-Life. This got me a job with PC Format, a games and tech magazine in the UK.
At Future, I also freelanced for Techradar.com. A piece I wrote for the site on 3D printing led to me working for 3D Total, which in turn got me a job with Chaos Group. I now seem to be an in-demand writer in the computer graphics world.
Who are some of the companies you've worked for?
I've worked for a broad and varied set of publications, including PC Gamer, T3, techradar.com, PC Plus, PC Answers, GamesMaster, Official PlayStation Magazine, PCGamesN, ImagineFX, 3D World, .net, Computer Arts, creativebloq.com, GamesPress, Stuff Magazine, Liaison PR, Chaos Group, 3D Total, Windows: The Official Magazine, Gnomon Schools and Renderosity!
Is freelancing difficult?
After many years in an office, I find it liberating and fun - although I do spend far too much time in my local Starbucks! It can get stressful, especially when you've got lots of deadlines to meet, but it always works out. I've also had to give up games reviews - playing games takes a lot of time, and I realised my income steadily goes down as I put the hours in!
What are some of your long-term goals as a writer?
I'm pretty happy just writing - it's a billion times better than other jobs I've had! I would like to write a book someday, or get a story published in a broadsheet, but for now I'm happy just writing.
Is there a particular story or article you've done that you are most proud of?
I really enjoyed writing this piece [http://www.3dtotal.com/index_interviews_detailed.php?id=171#.Vh5731UViko] for 3D Total. I love telling stories and finding out what motivates people.