Putting together your showreel? Here's some advice to help you put your best foot forward:
Prepare the Right Reel for the Role
For animators - don't have a tonne of different short videos to showcase your work - compile only the best bits into one video.
If you're applying for several different roles then prepare separate showreels specific to each role that showcase your abilities for that specific role!
Keep it Simple!
Don't overcomplicate things! It's better to do something simple incredibly well than try to do something overly complex that ends up looking amateur.
Cut, Cut, Cut!
Showreels the world over should be as short as possible and display only your utterly best possible work. 3 minutes is plenty of time! Don't put in old work just to fill space. Your showreel can very much be “as good as the weakest link”. If you put it in your reel, you're saying “I'm proud of this”, so make sure you are!!! Show off your best work and don't be afraid to “trim the fat”.
Start and End with a Bang!
Put your best shot at the start of your reel, you want the first impression to be the best! And just to ensure you'll leave your viewer wanting more, end with your second-best shot!
Sound It Out
The music on a showreel is also very important, ideally the images should work in perfect sync with the music, helping to really sell the work and showing a good understanding of filmaking/editing disciplines. Avoid using very jarring or distracting audio on your showreel!
Try to follow the above basic steps and you'll be sure to impress your reviewers!