I first spoke to two men who represented NMS [Neo Mammalian Studios], Danny Ashton and Ian Irving.
I showed them some of my work:
BBC Three - Channel Ident - Family Guy:
Library + Motion Graphics (Soundless) 2011:
BBC THREE Channel Ident - Family Guy from Catherine Egan on Vimeo.
Library + Motion Graphics (soundless) 2011 from Catherine Egan on Vimeo.
They liked my pieces, saying they were good and great.
Their' work is orientated around Graphic Design and they want to eventually delve into animation as well.
They said maybe they could send me a brief as a trial, see how things go and gave me their card.
I spoke to a man called Mark Gass, a Creative Director at WRG [With Reflex Group].
[Above: Mark Gass]
I showed him my Olympics video, as my friend thought it would be appropriate because WRG partially specialise in healthcare communication:
He seemed to like my work, but couldn't give me much crit feedback.
He said it's not really an area he's involved so much in, but he recommended that I could have another portfolio review from other people who work in WRG aswell. People who do animation as a career. He suggested I message the two people, Ivano and Shane Richardson. Mark said so long as I mention his name to these people, my portfolio crit can go ahead.
I spoke to two men representing madhouse, Pete McCollough [a Deputy Creative Director], and Phil Rogerson I believe [an MD and Creative Director].
[Above left to right: Phil and Pete.]
I first spoke to Phil. I think he liked my work, unfortunately he couldn't give me much feedback, again a different department from what he does.
I then spoke to Pete, who also seemed to like my work aswell.
He said though it's hard to get a rough idea about somebody until they present a reel of work to them [which I didn't have yet], but he suggested I get in contact with him once I complete my course, with a reel.
Again, it was up my street because the event was free and I got to mingle with other creatives and receive some contact details.
It is a good experience to have, again because it makes you think about how to represent yourself in front of professionals.
I remember Chris Gaffey telling me at the Behance event that not only is the client judging my work, they are judging me.
At this event, it was that relaxed, I didn't even think about that. It really was just laid back, it was nice. At first I was nervous, but after a while I just went with it.
I think I'll go to these portfolio reviews in future, especially for criticism.
I didn't really receive much criticism on my work.
I think it might have been because so many people turned up, there was a sense of rushing around to see everyone, a sort of stamp of approval and seeing the next person in line.
I got a lot of 'It's good' comments, rather than how can I improve on it comments.
The most criticism I've received from going to both portfolio events is from Chris Gaffey and Pete McCollough.
Getting back to the point, it has certainly built up my confidence more going to these portfolio reviews.
I would definately recommend others going.
I will go again when I have the time.