During FMX, I got a few questions on what it took for me to actually land my job at Blue Sky, and also received a special request to see the reel that I submitted to Blue Sky. I graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado in June of 2004, and busted my ass to create the following reel:
I submitted this reel to Blue Sky at Siggraph that year, but didn’t actually hear from them until January of 2005, and even then didn’t get hired until after I did an animation test, and waited a further 6 months for the logistics of the hiring process to take place. The detailed story is full of a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but maybe that’s for another post.
There’s no doubt that the competition to get an animator gig is much steeper that it was in 2004, but I’m still proud I accomplished so much with that reel. From modeling, rigging, texturing and animation, I created every bit of that reel in a short 5 month period. I’d certainly be curious if this same reel submitted today would get a response from a company.