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Storyboard Artist

Location: Remote | Freelance

Employment Type: Contract

What You’ll Do

About us

45° E Studio is a Full-Service Video Production Company specializing in Motion Graphic Explainer Videos.
Our motion graphics equip businesses to communicate with their customers about complex topics in the most streamlined format by leveraging top-of-the-line 2D animation strategies. Our explainer videos, in particular, increase the time visitors spend on the client's site by more than 50% and boost conversions by up to 80%.

About the Role

A storyboard artist is a visual storyteller who converts written scripts into a series of 2D images, commonly known as a storyboard. Images are created by hand or computer to map out the action, framing, and key scenes in a script, acting as a visual guide for how live-action is shot and how the animation will play out.

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.


  • Comfortable in working in a team and leading a team at the same time.

  • Demonstrates continued personal/professional development,

  • Active in the Animation community.


  • Bachelor’s Degree is a must.

  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

Responsibilities of a storyboard artist in video production.

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.

  • 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, i.e. 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

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