This is the second article of my interview with Anne Denman of Studio B Productions.
She is the Head of Recruitment/HR at the studio and is giving us her advice on what she likes to see come in the doors when she has to do some hiring. You can find the first article on making a good resume here.
Today she talks about portfolios. It’s not the ‘nitty gritty details’ of putting one together. You can find that in my ‘Building a Storyboard Portfolio‘ article.
She’s giving a glimspe from the other side of the desk, which you don’t always get to see.
So pay attention.
I now give you Anne’s advice on Portfolios:
I love to see talent. I love to be blown away by it.
How to make your portfolio stand out is to have your really clean, fluid stuff up front.
If you’re new, showing off good line quality can help get you noticed. Whatever you’re applying for, show you can do that first and that you can do it well.
Animators need to show animation (in the form of a demo reel) storyboard artists need boards, etc.
For character designs, show a variety. Don’t just show the big breasted vixen on horseback. Most animation companies aren’t interested. It may work for gaming companies, but animation studios get tired of seeing that same stuff over and over.