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what major would be best suited to attain the job of an animated movie/t.v. storyboard director?

this is actually my dream job so i want to be prepared for when i start applying to colleges. #film #animation #television #video #anime #art-director

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Alisha!


This is a very important and interesting question. I am presenting a few web sites that will allow you to see what is going on in the San Diego area.


Talk to your school counselor to see how you might be able to meet people in these companies to see what they are really doing and possibly participate in coop, intern, and shadowing programs.


http://durlandproductions.com/


http://www.internships.com/animation/san-diego-ca


https://www.productionhub.com/directory/profiles/2d-3d-computer-animation-animators/us/california/san-diego


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Corey’s Answer

I go to The Art Institute of Houston. We have animation among other degrees. I love my school, but I would not suggest going to one if you want to be a storyboard artist. That is not to say you shouldn't. You may want to and I am not to deter you from going to The Art Institutes.

All of us at The Art Institute, learn the fine arts, but then all have to migrate to the computers. There are schools out there that specialize in only story boarding. One student I knew at my school was real good at drawing, but could not come to terms with computers. She went to some school in Wisconsin, I believe. They are a school that specializes in producing young professional comic makers. I cannot remember the name of the school, but the idea behind telling you this story was to get you to find the school that has exactly what you are looking for.

Also, keep in mind that colleges are business's too and they will make it seem to you as it is the place you want to be. Admissions counselors are fancy names for salesman and women. They have their jobs because they are good with people and can turn a relationship into a business deal. This means that is what they will do with you. I do not mean to scare you. This is just the way of the world and with you knowing these things, it will make your adventure for finding the right school go the way you want it to and not someone else's way.
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Bob’s Answer

You're not looking for a major that will help get you a job, rather a major that will help you hone your skills as an artist.
Many storyboard artists draw panels by hand, other use computer programs to draw them. Regardless, this will take artistic skill and likely some form of art major would be the best way to go. That said, a valued storyboard artist must also understand camera placement, movement and framing, as each panel that s/he draws represents what the camera sees. You'll need to be able to understand how to translate a director's vision and instructions into individual drawings that represent specific shots. Understanding photography and film editing is also very helpful. Good luck!

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