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Is it alright to include in a demo reel?
show user profile  xylo
Hi everyone,

I came across an image that someone made of the Wall-E character in 3d a while ago. It made me wonder if he decided to include it in his demo reel when applying for a 3d job, is there anything wrong with that? Is it somehow against the law?

If I decided to make one of the characters from the movie The Incredibles to practice modeling and fun, would I not be able to include it in my demo reel as long as I am not profiting from it, or is it still wrong? Thanks in advance.
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2/13/2009 1:27:40 PM (last edit: 2/13/2009 1:27:40 PM)
show user profile  mattymoose
IMO its okay as long as you make clear (in the reel) that the design itself isn't your own, and attribute it to the original source.

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2/13/2009 1:36:50 PM (last edit: 2/13/2009 1:36:50 PM)
show user profile  hanksr00tbeer
It seems like if you're incorporating it in the demo reel you use to get jobs and such, then you are indeed profiting from it, but it's hard to say. Perhaps what matty said plus seeing if you can't get permission to use it?
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2/13/2009 2:07:35 PM (last edit: 2/13/2009 2:07:54 PM)
show user profile  npcph
it would probably benifit you to do a character from someone other then a disney movie. from everything i've ever heard is they are not willing to give anyone permission to use any thing of theirs.
this is one example of how disney protects their trademark.

and also, we have someone on MF who modeled a really nice piece of heavy machinery like a bob cat or similar and the manufacturer came back at them for trademark infractions. can't remember who it was but i think it was about 2 years ago.

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2/13/2009 2:25:35 PM (last edit: 2/13/2009 2:25:35 PM)
show user profile  jbrophy
I would in a second. As long as you are not trying to act like you worked on the film or designed the character than go for it. If they say something, then stop.

Jesse Brophy

Fry Monkey

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2/13/2009 2:30:33 PM (last edit: 2/13/2009 2:30:33 PM)
show user profile  dd
npcph: that was me and it was my bottrax construction bot. the company thought it was an actual toy that was produced and being manufactured and sold by myself and because it had their logo on it they went a bit ape, but as i am not making actual toys and it was a render. all i did was remove their logo and now the design, model, render has nothing to do with them.
i agree with jbrophy here. people model and animate F1 cars all the time for their show reels yet they dont have permission. infact modeling a car with its logos is infringing on the copyright of the company and we see 10000000000s of car models. so yes i would use it aslong as you dont claim silly things.

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2/14/2009 1:04:01 AM (last edit: 2/14/2009 1:05:08 AM)
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