The editorial team at Creative Bloq recently contacted the Mummu studio to discuss showreels and compile our top tips for animators looking to grab attention with their work. Here's a snippet:
03. Work out where your strengths lie... "It's often hard when straight out of uni, but it can sometimes look like you are short of work if you have cut up one piece of work and spread it throughout the reel. So be critical and highlight the best bit that shows who you are; a character designer or animator, motion graphics artist or director. Rarely is one person great at everything."
Head over to creativebloq.com to read '7 ways to ensure your showreel stands out from the crowd' featuring top tips from Mummu and a few other London animation studios.
We have an abundance of advice for any budding animators looking to join the industry. So, if you're a graduate or freelance animator looking to develop your talent, here are six more of our top tips:
1. Do your research. Find out about the companies or contacts you are, or want to, connect with and make sure that your work is right for them - it will save you time in the long run.
2. Network. Connect with as many people as possible, and make meaningful contacts that are more likely to get you work. Always be happy and polite; don't get upset if you receive knock backs or people seem to busy to see you, it's a fast paced industry and everyone has a lot to do - it's not always a reflection of your work!
3. Clips vs showreels. Show reels are great, but individual clips effectively show your ability to tell stories as well as your animation skills. If you are sending out a montage reel, make sure the viewer can watch a few key pieces in their entirety.
4. Less is more. Try to keep your Vimeo page or website as tidy and as up-to-date as possible. Does the character walk cycle that you did in your first year really reflect your current abilities? One piece of poor quality work can be enough to put people off.
5. Join the community. There are lots of great animation events such as seenoevil that are a great place to meet your contemporaries. We like to see active members of the animation community, with a real passion for what we all do and love - animation!
6. Keep creating. Don't stop making work just because you are no longer in university!