To breakdown, or not to breakdown, that is the question

Hi all,

I have watched a lot of demo reels in my time and they seem to be divided into three groups:
1.those who do breakdowns
2.those who don’t,
3. and those who do breakdowns at the end of the reel in a seperate section

I was wondering what people’s thoughts were on the matter of including breakdowns in your reel –
Is it simply a matter of not being given the source material to do breakdowns from your studio once the job has finished (which i know first hand can be difficult) or are people making the decision not to include breakdowns for whatever reason – perhaps people feel they slow down the pace of the reel?
I, for one, am a fan of a good breakdown, as not only does it show the skill of the artist, but as I am still in the first few years of my vfx career, breakdowns can prove very educational as to how shots can and should be executed.
On the other hand, I can understand that people might find breakdowns boring and unnecessary if they can see immediately how the shot was made and don’t need to sit through a breakdown of it. (or if it is simply a bad shot!)
anyway, it would be good to get people’s thoughts on this, particularly from those more senior types who look at reels on a daily basis.


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