Choosing A Project

Maximising Your Potential

OVERVIEW

This section is for students ready to start a project. I may suggest other homework for some students but sooner or later you will want to start a project for your showreel. So it’s good to start think about this as early as possible. Here’s some tips

PROJECT RESTRICTIONS

It’s possible to complete a 3 minute short film in one semester however quality suffers. Great showreels land jobs. One minute is a good show reel length. 3 x 20 second pieces is perfect. I’ve noticed almost all students fall into the trap of trying to do too much in their project. And I was no different while I was learning. It’s very painful to fail after months and months of work on a project!

THE RESTRICTIONS

20 Seconds Maximum
1 Shot Only
1 Character ( add more items below )

THINGS TO AVOID

It’s important to realise that some things are very easy to do in 3d and some things are very difficult. The following list will dramatically complicate your project. Please avoid the following where you can.

Realistic Humans
Fur and Hair
Complicated Dynamics/Effects
Additional Characters

STUDENT EXAMPLE

Sam Tull completed this shot using our project template, in fact Sam’s work on this shot inspired the creation of this section. He added this to the front of his showreel and landed a job at Fin Design.

TIKI by Sam Tull

OTHER

Other Inspirational Projects…

ONE MORE BEER! by Pedro Conti

WINE TASTING by Cesc Pujol Font

PROJECT M.I.C.K. by Sandy Widyanata

APOTHEOSIS by Alex Gee & Pujesh Joshi

DUBSTEP DISPUTE by Jason Giles

SEQUOIA – TESTIMONY OF A SNAIL by Unity Image

Tortiglioni – By Cindy Chang

Mechanical Creep – Short student film

Reach – Luke Randall – Short student film

Jose Lopez – Environments Reel 2013

Jose Lopez – Characters Reel 2013

Kyan Etemadi – Dumpster King Modeling Reel 2012

Idents France 3 été de Nicolas Deveaux – Eléphant

Instructor

Andrew Silke

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