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Top Tips on How to Kickstart Your Storyboard Portfolio

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  • Posted by Anahita Tabarsi on January 31 2020

Interested in becoming a professional Storyboard Artist? We've got some top tips from the studio to help get you started on polishing up your portfolio so you can land your dream job!

1. Be a Story Sniper

A storyboard portfolio should be focused on showcasing your visual storytelling ability. You need to know the language of story inside-out and be able to convey your knowledge through your portfolio so be sure to curate your work with this in mind.

2. Include Full Sequences of Storyboards

Make sure to include full sequences either as an animatic or single panels for the director to click through rather than a few nicely done panels or thumbnails. We are looking for good storytelling, so it is ok to leave some work looking rough.

3. Only Include Your BEST Work

Keep animatics short – max 2 minutes!

4. Showcase Your Strengths

Put your very best work at the top! For example, if you are better at action sequences, put those first in your portfolio. You want your work to capture the attention of your reviewer.

5. Show Examples of Comedy, Action and Drama

Show that you are a versatile story artist – but again make sure to showcase your strengths first.

6. Include Relevant Supplemental Material

Comics, life-drawing, visual gags, beat boards, gesture drawing, and character development - anything to do with visual storytelling can be included at the end. Limit these to a couple of pages.

Try to follow the above steps and you'll be sure to impress your reviewers! And don't forget there's a wealth of great material available online, so be sure to do your research. You can also view some more tips on storyboarding from our studio HERE.

Got any questions for us? Pop them in the comments below!

Anahita Tabarsi

Anahita is Brown Bag Films' Marketing Director, Digital & Social and drinks more than five coffees a day...

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