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 the first part of this 8-part series, Emmy Award-winning Bardel shares 6 of their best tips for taking your 3D application from good to great.
1. Content is King
Always include a title card with your name and contact info at the beginning and end of your demo reel.
2. Ixnay on the errors
Avoid spelling or grammatical errors on your resume. It sounds basic but small errors can imply a lack of attention to detail.
3. Fix your formatting
If one title is bold, the other titles should be bold. If one bullet point has a period at the end, the other bullet points should appear the same.
4. Context is Queen
When you list your experience on your resume, be sure to include context. What city, state (or country) did this job take place in? Did you travel and operate in multiple cities? What dates? Was it for five months or five years? Context matters!
5. Just be yourself
Think about what makes you different. Don’t hesitate to show who you really are, your likes and interests, your personality, and what makes you unique!
6. Test links and passwords
Ensure your demo reel link works. A broken URL stalls our ability to see your awesomeness, so make sure all the links on the page work. If it is password protected, be sure to give us the right password.