The dos and don'ts of animation showreels

Leave a lasting impression with this expert advice on how to get your showreel noticed.

You're on the hunt for that dream animation job and you've got some amazing work to feature in your killer design portfolio. But how exactly do you go about putting your showreel together to catch the eye of a potential employer? Here, Pixar's Allison Rutland reveals the dos and don'ts of an animation showreel. 

A great animation showreel includes:

  1. A range of work that includes acting and physical animation
  2. Dialogue tests using uncommon dialogue; try and avoid  the lines that come up over and over in animation tests
  3. Include a bit of black space between animation pieces
  4. Make it two to three minutes or less in length
  5. Show only your best work; no filler
  6. Make sure the music is not too loud over dialogue
  7. Include animation from both studio work and personal tests

Things to avoid:

  1. Don’t cut it together like a music video where no one piece is shown in its full length
  2. Don’t make it too long
  3. Don’t show similar types of shots over and over again
  4. Avoid loud and annoying music!

This article originally appeared in 3D World magazine issue 210; buy it here


Kerrie Hughes is associate editor at Creative Bloq. Her employment at Future Publishing began in January 2010 as staff writer for 3D World magazine. Since then, she's written regularly for other publications, including ImagineFX and Computer Arts magazines.