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School is done. Out into the real world I go.

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School is done. Out into the real world I go.

Hello Animation peeps. Your friendly neighborhood Ender here. Today will be my last day of classes as an MFA student and then for all intents and purposes I am set loose. I still have to finish my thesis, but I can do that anywhere.

So here's the thing. I need a full time job and I know there are a lot of you out there that are already industry pros and know people who know people and all that goodness.

So this is my shout to the aether of the forum here, a cry for attention I know, but its a tight nit industry and I want in.

Please, if you have a few moments, check out my website:

and my current demo reel:

give me your opinion as industry pros for an entry level reel, and if you wish, email me at



Nice stuff there Ender,

I would suggest posting either your reel or your best clip on CG Talk (the biggest 3D forum around) and CG-Char (a very well respected forum specifically geared toward 3D character animators). Lots of industry folks frequent those boards.

As for comments; first off : add a reel-breakdown. Preferably right next to the demoreel link. Since there's a number of collabs on it, I would definately wanna know what exactly it is that you did. If you did all of it, mention that too. I would probably get rid of the green guy piece; shorten the run and put it more at the end of the reel; and I don't know if it's the playback on my machine (it probably is), but the lipsynch at the end seems a few frames off.
Overall really nice stuff. A lot of it has professional-looking production values, which is always nice to see in a reel. Shouldn't be too hard to get a foot in the door ;)


I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy [i]-Tom Waits

Thanks for the suggestions, Dave. The last piece got missynced. I need to correct that. The piece with the alien is getting axed, too many negative comments. I already posted on CGTalk (though I didn't get much response) I'll post on CG-Char soon. There is a breakdown on the page, its right below the movie. Should I make it more prominent?

I'm already started to get potential job offers! This is great! Woo!

Cool! It's great when all that hard work starts to pay off, isn't it? :D

Honestly, I completely missed the breakdown. Probably because I was looking for a link. I'd either put up a link to it or change the title to 'demoreel and breakdown' on top of the page. That way you'd know not to look any further.

Btw, I found your thread on CG Talk. You might not have gotten many comments, but you did get over 220 views in 2 days. Which at this point is probably more important than getting crits.


I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy [i]-Tom Waits

Good luck Ender. Hope you find that pot at the end of the rainbow. You're at a turning point.

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I'm glad to hear you're getting job offers already! Keep it up! :D

"Animation isn't about how well you draw, but how much to believe." -Glen Keane