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Creative Inspiration: Best Demo Reels of 2016

Jourdan Aldredge

It’s that time of the year. Let’s look at some of the best and brightest demo reels from 2016, and get those creative juices warmed up for 2017.

2016 has been a great year for those in film and video. Cameras are continuing to get better and better (while their old models get cheaper and cheaper). Digital video editing with Adobe’s Creative Cloud (Premiere Pro and After Effects) has made filmmaking more accessible and more powerful than ever. Online platforms and communities like Facebook and Twitter have made increasing video top priorities as the medium continues to grow.

Overall, 2017 is shaping up to be even better. If you’re looking to make a professional jump in the next year, this roundup of some of the best demo reels of 2016 will give you the creative inspiration to up your game.

Masses Collective

Location: Sydney, Australia

Focus: Cinematography, concerts, fashion

Dennis Mielke

Location: Berlin, Germany

Focus: VFX, 3D motion design, Maya, Nuke, After Effects

Olha Korzhynska

Location:Kiev, Ukraine

Focus: Digital Intermediate (DI) Colorist


Location: Germany, Stuttgart

Focus: Motion design, graphic design, animation

Naoki Araiza Tokumasu

Location: Lille, France

Focus: 2D FX animation in Flash, After Effects compositing

Thomas Barry

Location: Swansea, England

Focus: Motion graphics, Cinema 4D, 3D generalist

Carlos Rojas Cuitiño

Location: Santiago, Chile

Focus: Art design, 3D modeling, illumination, compositing


Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Focus: VFX, animation, projection mapping, live visuals

Giorgos Elef

Location: Thessaloniki, Greece

Focus: Art direction, motion design, VFX

Scott J. Hutchins

Location: London, England

Focus:Filmmaker, director, cinematographer, editor, colorist

Santeri Piilonen

Location: Kyoto, Japan

Focus: Visual storytelling, motion design and animation

If you’re looking for further creative inspiration, you can always follow our curated channel “The Best Showreels and Demo Reels” over on Vimeo. Stay hungry and get started on those 2017 demo reels now!