Animators, curious what recruiters at leading animation studios look for when reviewing applications and demo reels? The Canadian team at Bardel Entertainment, an animation services provider making series productions for Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, and Warner Brothers has got you covered.
In part 2 of this 8-part series, Emmy Award-winning Bardel shares 6 things you should show to when creating your design portfolio.
1. Show your focus
What's your design focus? Are you interested in characters, locations, colour, or props? What amount of design and character can you bring to a prop item? What are you most passionate about drawing?
2. Show your styles
Show us how you can design for a variety of different styles. There are vast differences between designing for a prime-time 2D show, or a CG teenage action-adventure show. Can you handle both styles?
A still from Cartoon Network's "Rick and Morty," courtesy of Bardel Entertainment.
3. Show your thinking
Show us how you start with a variety of different choices and distill it down to one end result. Design is a process of evaluation and elimination. We like to see how you think.
4. Show you're a storyteller
Story is design, and design is story. How can you create a location that tells a story?
5. Show your Maya skills
Can you use CG software to support your design process? We like to build orthographics to provide accurate blueprints for Maya projects.
6. Show your sketches
What else do you enjoy drawing? Show us your sketchbook pages, your life drawing work and café drawings.