Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Criteria for Demo Reel Work/How to be a student animator

Jean-Denis with the wisdom..

A wise man on an ordinary day, he really nails down many sentiments I feel about what you should focus on as a student, the process of learning, as well as what goes into making a reel.

6 comments:

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Hahaha, I don't know about wise, but thanks!

jeff said...

The point you made about letting some animations just be learning exercises was really important, I thought.

You can learn so much through seeming failures

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Absolutely. I think there is so much pressure on the students to pump out demo reel piece after demo reel piece, that they get too cought up in that and forget to take a step back and focus on learning. It's not like every drawing is a master piece. Don't they say that you need to get 1000 crappy drawings out of your system in order to get to the one good one?

Hmmm.. Maybe I should add that. It's not like animation is different.

jeff said...

this might warrant another post with suggested exercises that strictly are NOT demo reel pieces..

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Yeah, good idea. Next week I'm taking a little break and one thing I wanted to do is a shot breakdown in terms of grades, A to F, which will hopefully illustrate more of the differences between exercise and demo reel. But a separate post about specifically targeted exercises would be cool.

jeff said...

that's a great idea....I'm curious to see your grading criteria..