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March 20, 2012


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Even if you’re just starting out to be a revision artist, the most important items in your portfolio will be your storyboard samples. The main reason why is that the studio will be looking for someone that they know can eventually grow and develop into the role of a full storyboard artist. The only way you can demonstrate that is to have a few samples in your portfolio.

A storyboard revisionist is much more than a cleanup artist; they have to know how storyboards and film language work — a director might ask a revisionist to “restage this sequence and make it work.” A revisionist has to be well-versed in the art of storyboarding to interpret that kind of vague and common request (I ask my crew to do this sort of thing all the time).

Many artists that are just starting out don’t have any storyboard samples, but there is a surefire remedy for that: Go make some

You can create your own storyboard samples based on stories you come up with, or “borrowing” a story from an old TV comedy, joke book, comic book, etc. Check out this post for more:…

Storyboard tests from studios make excellent samples. Frequently a studio test would be 10 to 15 pages, may be more. The storyboard artist is often required to complete this kind of test sample before being considered for a on a production. In my experience, a studio will not give out a test if you don’t have god storyboard samples in your portfolio.

In addition, make sure to include some personal work and any other examples of storytelling work…like comics or videos. Storyboarding is all about STORY, and there are a lot of good people competing with you jobs. The most important thing to show off is that you can tell a story clearly with good visuals.

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DarylT Mar 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
That's really informative. Thank you Sherm.
halfeatencandybars Mar 20, 2012  Professional Artist
I have a (sort of dumb) question . . . how exactly do you present storyboards in a portfolio?

The portfolio I have for my comics is an actual portfolio folder. Would I be able to just throw some boards in there just the same? In which case, what would be the best way to present them? Or is it better to have an online portfolio for storyboards?

This all feels like it's stuff that should be obvious, but I honestly don't know.
apicar Mar 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thank you so much for this! i've applied for a revisionist position twice now and haven't been accepted. i guess i underestimated what the job encompasses. i thought it was pretty much just clean-up. i really need to work on my storytelling skills.
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