Story Artists work under the direction of the Director(s), Producer(s), and Head of Story to create a visual representation of the animation’s narrative. These artists translate the script into pictures by producing a series of panels of drawings that plan out the film’s story, action, humor, continuity and pacing.
Working from a script or descriptions, create storyboards (thumbnail/rough storyboard panels) that depict the action, camera placement and acting of sequences.
Draw everything from quick sketches to finished detailed storyboard panels.
Pitch storyboards to the director, head of story, crew, and executives.
Work with the head of story to define staging, pacing, and camera.
Discover and create innovative ideas with performance, action, and humor.
Draw storyboards for assigned sequences.
Revise, edit and modify sketches as many times as needed.
Ensure that the vision and style of the show is consistently adhered to through execution of action, staging, dialogue and camera.
Tackle story and structure problems and maximize entertainment value where needed.
Supervision of the story team, including conducting interviews, making hiring recommendations, and providing feedback to Artists throughout the production.
Robust draftsmanship with a sense of uniquely subtle character acting, design, appeal and composition.
Ability to work on a range of projects (action, comedy and dramatic sequences) and in a variety of styles from comic to realistic and highly stylized.
Good writing skills.
Strong storytelling abilities that feature character personality, emotion, and movement, acting, and staging along with layout and design skills.
Ability to align with style and sensibility of show both in writing and storyboarding.
Must have a good sense of comedy, action, emotional storytelling, and character interaction.
Strong staging, composition and cinematography skills.
Capable of drawing characters and environments on model within show style.
Ability to write clear and specific directions on storyboards.
Solid and consistent time-management skills.
Work collaboratively and on deadline.
Must be open to direction and able to embrace change.
Knowledge of software and hardware including Cintiq, Toon Boon Storyboard Pro and Photoshop.
To apply, please submit a resume and a link to your work. Please make sure to include any passwords needed to review your work in your resume or cover letter.
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