THE PORTFOLIO/DEMO REEL
1.) HOW? SUBMITTING!
- Most studios prefer to receive online submissions. So, have all of your materials updated and ready for upload at all times on your computer.
- Several people will review your portfolio, so having it online will allow them to evaluate it in a timelier manner.
- It’s also more environmentally friendly to submit your work online, and you don’t have to worry about expensive printing costs!
- Physical reels and resumes will not be returned do not send originals, EVER!
- Have everything on your website so you can submit direct links to content.
- Password protect any content that is not meant for the general public.
- Do not show any work that is still under an NDA and has not been released.
2.) FORMAT? LENGTH, CONTENT, COMPRESSION!
- Demo reels should be no more than 4 minutes in length.
- Put your best work first, since (as they say) you only have one chance to make a first impression.
- Your reel and/or portfolio should give examples of your abilities and style – don’t be afraid to highlight what truly makes you shine!
- Keep download sizes small so your reel loads quickly but do not compress content so it is pixelated or the sound clips.
- You should only include material that is approved for release.
- Last tip on this: specify within your video exactly what you worked on for each shot in your overlay on the reel in addition to providing a credit list.
4.) TRADITIONAL? DRAWINGS!
- Art doesn’t begin and end with a Wacom tablet.
- Include traditional work such as life drawings and concept art (as long as they pertain to the position you’re applying for).
5.) CREDITS? VERY IMPORTANT!
- A shot breakdown/credit list is a MUST!
- Include an explanation of what you did and describe what software you used to achieve the effects.
- I like to also include credits in the overlay so the viewer doesn’t have to look down at the credit list while viewing the reel.
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