Q. I was wondering if you had any idea about how recruiters react when seeing generic rigs in the demo reels they receive. I heard that they lose interest as soon as they see animation created using certain “free online rigs”.
A. I’ve had this very conversation during a review because I had heard that same thing. Here’s what I said:
The reason why a person would react negatively to seeing a generic rig is because so much of the animation done with the generic rigs is bad. That’s because anyone can get them and animate. It has nothing to do with the rigs. It has to do with the expectation associated with that rig. I can guarantee that if a review board popped in a reel that started with a generic rig like the “blue guy” and then from frame one it instantly came to life and was well animated and entertaining, they would not only watch it, but they would have an even stronger positive reaction to it. That’s because it would stand apart from all the junky animation tests they usually associate with that rig. It would seem even more impressive because it would prove that good animation CAN be done with that rig – and that’s certainly something that reviewers don’t see every day.
So don’t shy away from generic rigs, but run screaming from doing bad animation with them.