Looking to storyboard your project? A great storyboard not only excites talent, crew, and clients, but also aligns your production departments behind the vision. We’ve compiled our top 8 websites to help you find and hire a talented storyboard artist.
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What makes a good storyboard artist?
Storyboarding is an art unto itself which is why so many storyboard artists illustrate outside of the film world. In addition to being an artist, they must have a multitude of other skills and proficiencies.
They must be able to translate the visions of the producer, writer, director, DP, production designer… and sometimes the studio, production company or client…into compelling, yet achievable imagery.
A seasoned storyboard artist should also have a strong understanding of production logistics and incorporate various practical and budgetary restrictions in their designs.
Here's an example of a professional storyboard from Pacific Rim. The use of color, the obvious technical skill, and the ability to communicate story and mood is what you should expect from a professional storyboard artist.
Now that we have an idea of what to look for in a storyboard artist, it's time to start looking. Don't bother trying to find an artist on general job boards — we’ve scoured the web to provide a quick list of the online communities where you can find storyboard artists.
Alternatively, if you’d like to take a preliminary stab at storyboards yourself, you could always download your own storyboard templates.
FIND An ARTIST
1. Jorgen’s List
All the artists on Jorgen’s List are qualified by Art Directors so the quality bar is high. There are approximately 100 vetted artists so far. You can browse samples and each artist's availability before reaching out.
STORYBOARD ARTIST Needed
Production Hub is an entertainment specific site that includes about 1000 artists worldwide. Artist bios include online portfolios. It’s free to post a job on Production Hub.
Behance is a social network portfolio site for artists and designers of all specializations. There’s a storyboard search that allows you to filter just storyboard artists. There are a lot of artists here, too many to count. Posting a job starts at $400, but it’s easy enough to message an artist directly if you like their work.
How to Find an ARTIST
Upwork is an affordable solution to post a job. Artists are ranked based on previous projects and all payments are handled through Upwork.
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5. People Per Hour
People Per Hour has around 500 storyboard artists listed. You must provide a deposit to start hiring. The balance is held in escrow and fees are collected by PPH per transaction. People Per Hour also will help resolve issues if unsatisfied with the work.
Mandy is like Craigslist for entertainment. It may not be pretty, but if you’re looking for storyboard artists that specialize in film, TV, video or animation, this is a good place to post a job. It’s free to post one job a month on Mandy.
Looking for A STORYBOARD ARTIST
Like Behance, Dribbble is a diverse community of designers and artists of all shapes and sizes. It boasts a nice interface for perusing portfolios. The downside is that you must have a pro account to contact freelancers. Posting a job is $375+.
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8. Facebook Groups
There are countless Facebook Groups dedicated to the topic of storyboarding. While some these groups allow job postings, your job listing could get lost amidst all the image sharing.
While it couldn’t hurt to post in a storyboard group like Frame Dump, you’ll also want to post to sites dedicated to finding crew like Concept Artist or Animation, Comic and Storyboarding Job Ads which is focused on connecting artists and jobs.
Additionally, you can post jobs on broader production-centric groups on Facebook as well. See our article on crewing up through Facebook groups for our favorite production crew groups.
Managing Your Files
Organize Your Storyboards Online
Once you receive your storyboard from an artist, or decide to create your own, make sure to include copies in your final production wrap book. Storyboards and revisions can be easily backed up and shared electronically these days with solutions like Dropbox or Hightail.
Lastly, if you’re looking for a more A-to-Z production management solution, StudioBinder makes it easy to manage your production files online. Once you've received the storyboards from your artist, you can upload them into a StudioBinder project — this when you can really maximize the storyboarding process.
Share your storyboards with your collaborators, re-arrange them to find the optimal order, and use them to keep your entire project organized.
Storyboards from Hollywood Films
Storyboards are a welcome addition to nearly all projects regardless of scale. We hope you found this article helpful in hiring a storyboard artist. Up next, we've collected 23 DGA-approved storyboards from some of the biggest Hollywood films, including Jurassic Park, Alien, and Inception. Not only will these boards get you inspired, you'll see just how valuable hiring a professional storyboard artist will be.
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