Tuesday, 10 June 2014

How NOT to make a Demo Reel


Shit Showreels Say from Peter Quinn on Vimeo.

Above is a funny video by digital artist Peter Quinn, who has made his own demo reel to satirise some of the most common cliches and unnecessary embellishments on demo reels. Silly graphics, pointless messages like "thanks for watching", spinning globes to suggest an international flavour - all come under fire. In the end, a demo reel is a showcase for your talent as an animator. You don't need to a bunch of fancy graphics to sell yourself, just really solid work, well presented and cut together.

For advice on how to put together a great demo reel, see our post here, and also take ten minutes to watch our video below.


(Editor's note: For more information on finding work in the animation business, read our post on how to find a job in the animation industry, how to find an internship, and check out our post about what not to do at a job interview. Also see our post on starting your own small animation business, learn how to create an invoice, and see how we are helping our students find work through our film co-operative Nano Films.  Download the free Escape Studios Careers in VFX Handbook. Take a look at how awn.com can help you find a job, and read our piece about how to survive as a freelance animator. Also, find out what Cinesite look for in a student's demo reel, and read our post on setting up your own animation business.)

---Alex

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