Originally posted by RobertoOrtiz
Keep it short, (2- 3 min tops)
No flying logos,
No giant robots,
No more Matrix spoofs
No top 10 music (You know who you are)
No DVD reels
No copyrighted characters (unless you worked professionally on them)
No stolen material
Add a separate shot list describing your work on specific scenes)
Add a Resume
Add a clear title sheet with your name, adress and type of reel (Modeling, Animation, Lighting)
I’d disagree with a few of those Roberto. it seems a little specific, and the rules of course change based on who you are and what you re applying for.
DO send a DVD or CD-ROM if the studio says it’s ok. ALWAYS find out what they prefer. I know more than one studio that prefers DVDs.
DO include a CV/resume, content/shot list detailing what you did and a cover letter addressed to a specific person or department.
DO make your name and contact info (phone number and email) big and clear. You want to make it as easy as possible for them. if they are viewing your reel, your website is not needed, and if they have to go to your website to get your contact, chances are they won’t unless you’ve been referred.
DO edit the clips to the music, whether it’s the action in the clip or the cuts/edits. Music is not necessary, but if you’re gonna add it, at least make it have some purpose. No, you aren’t being judged on your ability to edit, but your presentation skills apply to any skill, including CG.
DO use flying logos, large robots, spaceships, chess boards and so on if they look awesome, or if it directly relates to the position you’re applying to (logos for broadcast design). If you did a logo like AT&T’s Boundless campaign, robots like the APU’s in the matrix, chess boards like photo/hyper-real battlechess, you’ll get hired.
DO make it easy for them…contact info shouldn’t have to be searched for, CD-ROM reels should be encoded in a format that is universal (nothing is more universal than MPEG), digital resume shouldn’t be in some obscure word processor format (Quark Express or something). Use PDF, TXT/RTF, HTML, even Word is good.
DON’T use porn, vulgar language, or otherwise questionable content, regardless of how funny or well done it is…even working on this sorta stuff is almost a waste of time as there is a very limited amount of studios you could probably show it to and get away with it.
DON’T do wireframe/comp builds unless it makes sense for the position you’re applying to (modeling or compositing), or if the the effect is invisible (wire removal, set extensions, etc.). If you have a cel-shaded cartoon dragon animation, showing a wireframe/comp build is kinda silly…they can see it’s CG, they know how you created it, they know it’s just reel filler.
DON’T put clips of something you don’t do very well. If you are applying for animation, but new/not skilled at lighting, shading, comping…don’t put subpar lighting, shading, comping on your reel. The are reviewing your animation, don’t distract them with bad content. Nothing wrong with OpenGL.
DON’T just blindly ship packages to every large studio you know did all the blockbuster movies. Network, meet people, and research studios in your area.