Our friends over at The Mill, namely Head of 3D Jordi Bares, has compiled a list of crucial do's and don'ts to help you create a sought-after showreel. So, if you're aiming to catch the attention of a potential employee, you best read on...
1) Keep it short, keep it relevant
Make sure you don't send a showreel that last 10 minutes, maximum should be 3 minutes and the content should be relevant to the company you are applying to. Not only does this show you have done your homework but also that you understand what role you're after. Bombarding people with things they are not interested is called spam. Think about the person that is watching hundreds or thousands of reels every month, they want to get on with it.
2) Start great
Make sure you capture their attention by showing something really good at the beginning, something that hooks us to look for more. Think about the person that is watching hundreds or thousands of reels every month, they don't want to skip to get to the good stuff.
3) No music is better than good music
If you have found a piece of music that is truly exceptional or original and you can bet your money nobody else has used it before, then put the music in. If not, it is safer not to put any music at all. Think about the person that is watching hundreds or thousands of reels every month, they should remember you for the right reasons, i.e your work.
4) Be you and show what you have done
Add a breakdown of your contribution. People in film should definitely add what their contribution has been. Remember, your work speaks for you so don't be too verbose, don't try to sell yourself like something you are not and make sure you understand your level. There is something really awkward about someone calling himself senior character animator when they have been less than 10 years doing it.
5) Insist but don't become a stalker
Every single company is a world in itself, some have recruitment departments others don't, treat them differently, find the right person and make sure they understand you are very enthusiastic and committed, but don't stalk them either!...
If you'd like more advice on perfecting your showreel or are just looking for your perfect job, just reply to this post.