Putting together the perfect demo reel can be a challenging task. We often find ourselves crowded by confusions like what to put and what not to put in our demo reels, how long it should be, what elements are needed to make a good demo reel, etc.

In the world of animation, demo reels are just our showreel- a way to show our skills and talents to the hiring agents. It is common for an animator or an artist to include his/her previous work in their demo reel. But, there are a few mistakes or no-nos that every animator must avoid when putting together one for clients.

Are you interested to learn what are the things that you need to avoid in order to create the perfect demo reel for business? Here are a few things that should be avoided at all costs.

Don’t Make Your Demo Reel a One Size Fits All

Every showreel should be tailor-made to fit clients’ styles and characters. Never use a template or a pre-made demo reel and try to apply every element of it whenever you create a new one for your client. It is also important that you do not include all the projects you have worked on in your past job because all those projects have different styles. When putting together a demo reel, the best thing you can do is take out bits from your animations that are remarkable. Combine them all to put together the perfect showreel. 

Avoid Showcasing Projects Which Are Not Yours

We have all seen that one guy who has created a demo reel which is mostly composed of other people’s animation projects, but with his name tagged at the end. This kind of style will never help you in getting noticed by employers because they will think that you are having another person’s work at the back of your name. If you want to be recognized in the industry, then take pride in doing all your projects yourself and infuse it with your own brand of style.

Don’t Waste Time on Excessive Logo Intros

When showcasing their animation skills through demo reels, some animators create their logos to appear at the beginning of each showreel. When you use a pre-made logo in your demo reel, it shows that you lack creativity and originality. It also wastes time which makes your reel longer than necessary. You can easily do without this element in your demo reel because when an employer sees that you are not confident enough to use your own logo at the beginning of your reel, he/she will assume that you might be lacking in the department of creativity.

Avoid Long Intro Sequences

Intro sequences are nice but they do not always need to come up before every project begins. Some animators create long intro sequences which can even go as far as to be a minute long. Again, this wastes time and it can bore your viewer. The best way to go about this is create a concise intro sequence that lasts only for 10 seconds. If you have extra time then you can always use them on adding more content into your reel later on.

Avoid Putting in Stuff That’s Too Distracting

This has to be the most important thing that every animator must avoid while putting together their demo reel. You need to remember that your viewers are busy people and they do not have the time to wait for you to complete a certain scene so don’t distract them with flashy transitions between scenes. The most common example of this is when many animators create a “fold” transition which is a quick way of showing a transition between two scenes. You can also easily do without this kind of stuff because it rarely serves the purpose of your reel.

As an animator, you will always be faced with decisions on what to put in and what not to put in your demo reel. However, you must not forget that your demo reel is the first thing an employer will see once he/she finds you on the internet. Make sure you have included only the best parts of your work so you will not be wasting valuable time. Remember, it’s always better to include less but good content rather than a whole lot of mediocre work which can be very damaging to your future career.

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