Fu-Wei Andy Kuo
Production Role- Storyboard Artist
Before actually starting to create, animate and render models of a 3D animation
short or movie, a storyboard is made. A storyboard “draws out various aspects of the
scenes…to allow the [working] crew to have a visual idea of what the director wants in
the scenes.”  “The role of a good storyboard artist is to prevent a lot of wasted time in
filming aspects of the scene that are not what the director is looking for…”
The storyboard artist of a 3D animation artist does not need to know how to
animate in 3D, instead they need to be able to share the same vision as to what the
director has in their mind. Between the storyboard artist and director, communication is
very important to get the message across each. Most of the drawings the storyboard artist
draw are in pencil or ink sketches.
The following are some of the activities that storyboard artists do:
* Listening to the director’s verbal description of the scene and then sketching
what it would appear like in reality.
* Creating new and interesting ideas to the storyboard art to capture both the activity
and the emotion of the scene.
* Organizing and managing timelines to ensure all completed and submitted on
* Revising, editing and modifying sketches as indicated by the director or creative
* Implementing various computer programs to enhance the visual presentation of
ideas for the scene or for effectively capturing the director's ideas for the shot.
The requirements for a storyboard artist usually have filming experience, “formal
art and drawing training, or may have other experiences as it relates to film- making and
production.”  In final words, the job of the storyboard artist is to transform the story
script into visual form.