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HopperCat says

Hi everyone!,

I hope you are all doing fine. I wanted to show you my first demo reel, and see if i could get some feedback from you, it would be great. So here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P25F_ll4PAI

Please tell me what you think!

Thank you,

Diego Caballero

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baf2681 Envato team says

I would stay away from your template files. If you want to get into some projects that can help you demo check out 5 second projects over at GSG

B

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Daniel_R says

Link doesnt work :( but if B is staying away from your templates I should follow his advice, no offense. :)

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mediaconcierge says
Link doesnt work :(
It works if you copy and paste it ;)
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Daniel_R says
Link doesnt work :(
It works if you copy and paste it ;)

That’s what i just did and my browser stopped responding ;(

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felt_tips Moderator says

Hi Diego,

Overall, the reel is nice.

Making a successful reel is a bit of a dark art. Not sure I’m any kind of master, but here’s my advice for what it’s worth…

I’d second Baf about template files. Templates don’t really belong on a reel… people want to see bespoke work. If you must use one, then at least swap out the place holders.

I’d also say lose the border and the subtitle that says motion graphics / 3d animation. What does that add? The border just takes away screen real estate from what’s really important and the text states the obvious. For me, it also makes it feel a little bit downmarket.

There’s quite a bit of repetition of jobs that doesn’t add much to the first time we saw it. Obvious repetition of material that doesn’t bring anything new smacks of trying to stretch a small amount of material out. Employers will notice that straightaway. If you haven’t done so much stuff yet, then much better to shorten the reel. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a 40 second reel.

Basically, trim everything that’s surplus to requirement. A potential employer will probably know in the first 15 seconds if they’re going to employ you or not, and if not, they won’t bother watching the rest….. i.e. open with a bang!

-felt.

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HopperCat says

Hey thank you all for your responses!..

@baf2681 – Thanks for the link, pretty cool..

@ elreto – i dont know what could be wrong with the link..

@felt_tips – really nice tips. Im going to take your advice on getting rid of the repited material and getting rid of the border.

Great Feedback, ty!

Diego

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