What does a storyboard artist do?
A storyboard artist is someone who visually tells a story by creating a series of 2D images, known as a storyboard, from a written script. These images are created by hand or computer and are used to plan out the action, framing, and important scenes in the script. The storyboard serves as a guide for filming live-action scenes and for animating the story.
Storyboards are used in film, television, advertising, video gaming, and all forms of moving media as a guide for production. This is a vital role as it must convey the spirit of the story through gesture, emotion, movement, and logical progression of action.
Storyboard artist job description
A storyboard artist creates a visual representation of the script by setting out the look, timings, camera angles, and points of view of each scene. They must accurately interpret the director's vision to create a guide that is used by the rest of the crew and production team.
Role & responsibilities of a storyboard artist in film and games:
Liaising with writers, animators, and directors regarding the look, style, and level of detail required for the storyboard of each production
Reading and interpreting scripts
Breaking down the script with the director to identify key scenes and plan them visually
Sequencing the scenes from a script into storyboard format using panels of images
Including special effects in the storyboard frames
Identifying lighting requirements and articulating circles of tension within each scene
Including key dialogue or scene directions within each frame
Briefing animators on key scenes within the storyboard
Amending storyboard scenes during the course of production
Skills required to become a storyboard artist
Storyboard artists need to be able to draw (people, objects, actions, and environments) legibly and efficiently and require strong visual storytelling skills to bring a script to life prior to production. Taking a 2D animation course is highly beneficial to honing your skills as a storyboard artist.
Film and game studios may look for the following skills in storyboard artists:
Ability to collaborate effectively with concept artists, writers, directors, clients, etc to visualize the story
Knowledge of various styles and genres
Understanding of the principles of animation
Knowledge of the principles of storytelling, ie: the hero’s Journey
Ability to interpret the ideas of others into detailed drawings
Strong layout and design skills
Adaptability in working with different directors who will demand varying degrees of complexity from storyboards
Skills in both hand drawing and computer drawing
Solid knowledge of camera angles and cinematography techniques
What software and tools do storyboard artists use?
Storyboard artists may work with a combination of pen and paper and computer software.
Storyboard artists may need knowledge of a combination of the following software:
Toon Boom Harmony