I'm hoping to get some feedback from people who have experience showing their concept flatbooks/portfolios to employers, and from any professionals who have some wisdom to share as well.
First of all, a concept artist's portfolio is called a flatbook, right? How is a flatbook different from a portfolio, and what's in it? I've heard from different sources that you should have everything from characters to props and environments, and other sources just say pick a focus and stick to it, but I would have thought concept art in general WAS a focus in and of itself...
Secondly, the flatbook's presentation. How important is the outside look of it? I'm about to graduate school and will need to have my final flatbook bound eventually, and my professor suggested strongly a screwpost portfolio, like a nice aluminum or acrylic one, but they're over $100 for the size I need and depending on where I get them. Granted, I know the presentation's worthless if the work inside of it isn't worth the employer's time, but assuming my work is good or even great, would a screwpost book be worth the money? Or should I just go for a nice flat leather book? Or even just going to Office Max and getting it all spiral bound?*
I'd really like some thoughts and opinions from people more in the know How have those of you with industry experience presented your stuff? Employers, what do you like to see and how much do you care?
*I'm referring to the personal flatbook I keep with me when meeting employers face to face, aside from smaller sized portfolios I send out in the mail.