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To get the ball rolling I am going to repost some of the Q& A from previous years .
I have question regarding showreels, is it better to have DVDs with a showreel on it, or is it enough to have a website with all your seperate movies on it? Or should there be a showreel on the site? Right now I only have the stuff on my site, but no showreel.
ANSWER by Malducin:
For looking for a job at SIGGRAPH, yah reels (DVD or tape) are better because employers usuually cart them away and watch them so as to see if an interview might be requested. Although if you're handing out your resume, that should have a link to your online reel/portfolio, so you might as well have it as well.
I am trying to connect with as many people as possible in this field, and am looking for a full time job. I have a demo reel that I am planning on handing out. Now, is it appropriate to have a .mov file of my demo reel on a cd (which is what I planned)? Or does it need to be an actual dvd?
Also, is it sufficient to have a demo reel and hand that out? I've heard people mention handing out resumes? Is there any point in handing out business cards along with a demo reel, and/or resumes as well? Thanks for any insight.
ANSWER by Roberto:
Some tips that have worked like a charm in the past:
- Post your reel Online: You tube will do just fine. And post in online galleries like ours.
- Do your Homework:
Go to the SIGGRAPH 2010 site and check the names of the companies that will be attending the conference. When yo uhave a good list and go to their websites and check for their job openings. Read the job descriptions and tailor your resume accordingly.
- SIGGRAPH IS NOT American Idol (it is more like Survivor):
Send your resume( with a link to your online portfolio), to the companies BEFORE the conference. If you wait until SIGGRAPH it will be too late. And dont forget to put on your resume that you will be available for interview AT THE CONFERENCE.
I don't know about others, but Pixar explicitly state "Please leave those pesky demo reels at home":
ANSWER by Malducin
Yeah but most companies will probably accept reels. Pixar might be the exception to the rule.
As for the physical demo reels, do you think a cd with a .mov file, .pdfs of my resume and demo breakdown, is appropriate?
ANSWER by Malducin
yes but make your CD/DVD playable. For CDs make it a VCD. For DVDs make it a playable DVD with no menu at the beginning. That way they can just put it in and start watching. If it's too much hassle to watch your reel they might as well take it out and put in the next one.