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Designing a Digital Portfolio, Second Edition by Cynthia L. Baron

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Chapter 11. Portfolio Reels

The demo reel holds a special place in the portfolio pantheon. It can be both content for a portfolio or stand on its own as the portfolio.

In either case, the reel is an object whose form, format, and rules of play are very different from that of the normal web or disc-based portfolio.

The exact purpose of your reel—content, audience, artistic specialization—affects its guidelines for planning and development. A reel for an animator interested in game development will probably contain different content than one interested in 3D modeling and lighting for feature films. And the reel of any animator or game artist will be different from that of a game developer, and radically different from that of a video or film editor ...

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