Storyboard artists, curious what recruiters at leading animation studios look for when reviewing storyboard portfolios? The Canadian team at Bardel Entertainment, an animation services provider making series productions for Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, and Warner Brothers has got you covered.
In part 3 of this 8-part series, Emmy-winning Bardel shares nine things to keep in mind when telling your story with your storyboard portfolio.
1. Show us what you got
To work in storyboards, we need to see your storyboards. Tell us stories – all it takes is a pencil, paper, and your imagination.
2. Put your acting on the screen
Don’t worry about camera instructions and action descriptions – put your acting on the screen. If an action needs describing, it is a sign that you need to draw another panel.
3. Draw all elements in scene
The days of little red arrows indicating OUTs and character TB’s are long gone. Make the scenes come alive through acting performance, strong expressions, and convincing poses. Draw all elements in scene: BG, characters, and props.
4. Consider all techniques for clarity
Our storyboard artists are filmmakers – they use all techniques of film and visual storytelling to create a storyboard. Consider your use of camera, image composition, and staging for clarity.
5. Lay down grids
Lay down grids to help create a 3D space. We need to see how you’re designing the space and how your characters move within it.
6. Storyboard with style in mind
Storyboard for the style of show and consider the limitations of the technique – show us how you plan to make a 2D Harmony show interesting without storyboarding the impossible.
7. Sell depth
Use foreground, mid-ground, background, and far background to sell depth. A storyboard needs to have elements at different distances in order to display depth.
8. Describe mood, action, and emotional impact
Try to storyboard a short sequence that describes mood, action and emotional impact. Use lighting effects and subtle camera movements to enhance the experience.
9. Make a short animatic
Put your storyboard panels together as a short animatic. Show us two or three short different stories with different types of storytelling.