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Storyboard Artist

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Storyboard artists work with directors to visually interpret TV, advert or film scripts. They produce a sequence of drawn or digital images, similar to comic strips, called storyboards, to visualise the story.

Storyboards are used by directors to help them achieve their vision, and to instruct other departments, such as camera crew or wardrobe, what they have to do in the production.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Most storyboard artists are freelance. The Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) website publishes the latest rates as proposed by the British Film Designers Guild Art Department Salary Guide (June 2017).

Storyboard artists can earn from £16,000 to £20,000 a year. With experience this can rise to over £30,000 to £40,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Employers rarely advertise vacancies, and most work is through built up contacts. You can look for work with broadcasting companies, advertising agencies, live event planners, production studios, video producers, or computer games companies.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2980
0.9 %
RISE
2023
3007
  United Kingdom
2018
60543
3.1 %
RISE
2023
62399

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You need:

Training

Short courses are available in storyboarding for people with experience of working in the industry.

Getting On

More Information

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 11-25 and interested in developing creative or artistic skills. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding ranging from £50 to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BBC Recruitment
E-mail: careers@bbchrdirect.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/home
Twitter: @BBCCareers

British Film Institute
Tel: 020 7255 1444
Website: http://www.bfi.org.uk/
Twitter: @BFI
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BECTUOfficial

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

ScreenSkills
E-mail: info@screenskills.com
Website: https://www.ScreenSkills.com
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKScreenSkills

ScreenSkills (formerly Creative Skillset) works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

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