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application tips

Resume / CV
Two pages maximum! Like a showreel, packing more “stuff” in there doesn’t make it better. Avoid filling the pages with imagery.

Generally, websites are preferred. Please include shot breakdowns if applicable.

Different formats and modes of delivery:

  1. Website
  2. Quicktime (and other video formats)
  3. DVD

Never submit originals. You will not have your submitted materials returned to you.

Don’t resubmit materials unless you’re asked to or you have new work. It is OK to send new work every six to 12 months – as long as it keeps getting better!

Submit only your best work. It's better to be short and good than long and mediocre. Remember what they say in showbiz, “Leave your audience wanting more.”

Put your best work first, and also finish with something with impact.

Remember your research on the position and the company.

Send nothing that is unfinished in terms of what you are trying to demonstrate. In other words, if you are showing an animation piece, it need not feature highly polished lighting or texturing, but the animation must be finished quality.

Group your material. You can do this broadly; for example, if you are showing both animation and rigging, you’d group those by bringing facial animation pieces together, or run cycles, or quadruped rigs etc.

Keep it short!! Two minutes is plenty.

Shot Breakdown
Prep a simple page (preferably printed, but could be electronic) that helps the viewer understand your part in creating the work you are presenting.

Portfolios tend to be bulky and therefore a little more difficult and more expensive to send to employers. However, they can be very useful for showing work from certain disciplines such as concept art, texture/surfacing, design etc. So bring it along for an interview.

In general, a weblink for your online portfolio (high resolution) will be preferred.

When putting together an application, make sure you:
Display your strengths – Have examples of what you are good at doing.

Show your versatility – Try to show a range of styles, mediums, materials, characters, settings, atmospheres etc.

Use lean, strong images – Be sure your audience knows what they are looking at.

Ten pieces, maximum – Leave them wanting more. Like a showreel, it’s much better to have less strong material than more mediocre content.

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