“Preparing students to take the next step: school to work transition (demo reels and beyond)” by Goldman, Ockey, Tehbelian, Zavitsanos and Rodriguez

  • ©Glenn Goldman, Jimmy Ockey, Sylvie Tehbelian, Elizabeth Zavitsanos, and Francisco Javier Romero Rodriguez




    Preparing students to take the next step: school to work transition (demo reels and beyond)



    Panelists from various industry sub-segments involved with computer graphics and interactive techniques discuss preparation students must have to get initial access and employment in industry. Individual representatives talk both generally, and specifically (as examples) about their own companies. What entry-level applicants should have (and not have) on résumés, portfolios, and demo reels will be discussed and shown.

    Industry segments represented include game development/design, animation, special/visual effects, and production for motion pictures. Discussion includes preparation, training, and attributes students need to enter the workforce. Examining both short- and long-term needs, the panelists take a step back and look at trends and changes that have taken place and may take place.

    Questions considered include how schools can help students transition to industry, and what students can do on their own to be pro-active in obtaining requisite credentials. Getting noticed is a subject for discussion as well as what students should do/include and not do/include in demo reels and résumés as a way to help educators help students.


    The panel is offered under the auspices of the SIGGRAPH Education Committee (Ginger Alford, Chair and Andrew Duchowski, Education Liaison). Panelists participate at the courtesy of the Activision Blizzard (Zavitsanos), Animal Logic (Ockey), Ilion Animation Studios (Romero), MPC File/The Focus (Tehbelian), and New Jersey Institute of Technology (Goldman).


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