3dRender.com Top 10 Tips for Landing a Job In 3D
by Jeremy Birn
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HINT: For a quick, simple portfolio site, start with the Adobe Photoshop function File > Automate > Web Photo Gallery... to turn a directory of images into jpeg, html, and thumbnails for navigation.  For general webpage editing, if you don't know HTML, nothing's simpler than Netscape's built-in Composer window.

Keep your showreel short and simple.

Delete any weak work.  It's better to have a short reel with only one or two projects on it, than to include anything that doesn't represent the best quality professional work that you are capable of today.  The first rule of editing is: "if in doubt, leave it out!"

If you are showing modeling, shading, or texturing with a turn-table animation (the model rotating 360 degrees in front of the camera), don't make them too long or slow.  180 frames should be plenty, and it does not need to spin around more than once.

If you have a strong portfolio of illustration, life drawing, painting, sculpture, or other artwork that is relevant to the job you're applying for, digitize it and include a brief presentation of some of your best images at the end of your showreel, but only show a few and only hold them on screen for four or five seconds.

You don't need to add music - most professionals review showreels with the sound turned off or very low. Next Page


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