A storyboard artist works in film, animation, or TV production. They produce the storyboard, which is a graphic organizer that plans out a director's vision shot by shot and scene by scene. Storyboard artists allow a production team to visualize how their film will go before the cameras even start rolling. Storyboard artists need to be excellent artists that can sketch efficiently in order to capture the director's notes. Besides pencil and paper, they use software such as Photoshop and InDesign to plan out a storyboard. Storyboard artists are not lone wolves. They work in close collaboration with directors, producers, and scriptwriters.
Most storyboard artists have a bachelor's degree in animation, graphic design or a related field. While it is possible to break into this field with only an associate's degree and a portfolio, art school allows storyboard artists to make valuable industry connections.
Most storyboard artists start their careers as animators or concept artists. Once they earn a promotion to storyboard artist, they can also earn an average salary of $92,425 a year.