I came across this demo reel a few months ago and thought it was really interesting how he created his demo reel. It was put together pretty well and here are just a few things that he does really well:
1) He shows what programs he uses in a very simple way. By adding the icons to the side whenever he presents a new project.
Really simple and nicely done and also not distracting. Its not like 5 different colors or anything, just simple and clean.
2) He started with his strongest work. I loved that character in the beginning and immediately wanted to watch the rest of it.
3) He put his name and contact info in the beginning. Well most people do it right from the start, but he chose to show a clip from his work first, get the audience’s interest, and then put his contact info. Interesting move and in this case it worked well.
4) Character Rotations. Those character rotations are just beautiful. Steady and clean, well lit, and doesn’t have a distracting background. And he also shows off the wireframe.
5) The framing. From 1:20 – 1:30 , I cannot stress enough how smart it was to frame it like that. It lets us see the whole character and just focus on that, and then slowly brings in the rest of the character from head to toe really large.
6) Shot Breakdown. 1:30 – 1:50, a really nice shot breakdown where we can see the final scene, the wireframe, etc.
7) Overlaying Rigs. 1:52 – 2:00, he overlaid the rig on top of the character, fading it in and out, so we can actually see how well it was done.
Of course all of these things are not required in a demo reel. You don’t need to show shot breakdowns or do character rotations, or list all the programs you use. It all varies with the kind of work you do, what/who you are making the demo reel for, and what you want to show off. But if you want to present yourself as a character animator/modeler, this is a nice demo reel to inspire you.