Tips for making your animation demo reel stand out
Are you looking for your first job? Perhaps a new job? Your animation reel is a part of yourself. You’re judged on its content, presentation and even authenticity in less than a minute. Animation reels come in all shapes and sizes. These days, most studios expect your reel through a link to a personal website or Vimeo/YouTube. The most important thing to remember when sending out a demo reel is to make sure the medium works. I can't tell you how many times I’ve sat down to look at a reel, and the link was broken or the password was wrong. Not good. Make sure it works. Have your friends look at it and verify they can see it. As an added benefit, you can have your friends see how effective your reel will be as well. An extra set of eyes on your demo reel is important as it’ll give you an objective opinion on whether or not your reel is entertaining and delivering the mechanics of a good animation. It's also a good idea to get one of your non-creative friends to watch it. When they do, try watching their reaction. Are they reacting to your reel as you intended? If not, you have more work to do.