Looking for help with your film or media projects?
Finding artists qualified to handle your narrative assignments can be difficult. There are many talented artists out there, but not everyone is familiar with the skills of visual storytelling and the film language. Fortunately we have a large network of artists who are trained professionals capable of handling narrative storytelling tasks. Fill out the contact form below and we can put you in contact with artists fit for your job.
A few things to consider:
- Storyboard images are created by hand as a custom solution to your project challenges. As with any custom solution the quality and cost of labor is higher than any off the shelf type image.
- Rates are usually based on the number of hours required to create the images to the level of quality you select. Artists in our network make an effort to standardize image styles in order to give you the best value yet maintain a high level of quality.
- If you need an extremely tight deadline the costs will go up because of the number of artists and hours required to complete the task.
- Use the guide below to determine the quality and speed you need. Quality and speed will vary depending on the individual artist.
Typical Storyboard services include:
- Thumbnail sketches to Continuity Storyboards
- Story Reel Animatics
- Motion Comics
- 3D Previz
Individual artist rates will vary depending on experience and the turnaround time needed for the project. A typical artist rate is $600-800 per day.
Typical Storyboard Styles:
Thumbnails are the rough versions of storyboards produced very quickly with a minimum of detail. If you do not require a “finished” look, you might want to use thumbnail rough storyboards for your pitch to save money. On average we 1 artist can produce 40-50 thumbnail sketches/ day.
Black and White Storyboards
Storyboard panels are more finished and cleaner than thumbnail storyboards. Simple grey tones are added to enhance the detail. These storyboards are suitable to create a pitch or animatic. On average 1 artist can produce 20-30 panels/ day
Color boards are just like regular storyboards only with color tones added to enhance the details. Color boards can be used for a treatment pitch or commercial spot. On average 1 artist can produce 10-15 color panels/ day.
Concept panels are tighter and more finished illustrations. These can be black and white or in color. These panels are suitable for a client pitch or commercial spot requiring highly rendered images in order to sell the idea. On average 1 artist can produce 4-8 panels/ day.
Script Page/ Continuity Boards
Continuity Boards document all the necessary poses for dialogue and animation as well as detailed camera positions. One script page may contain over 100 storyboard panels in order to describe the action. On average 1 artist can complete 1 script page in 2 days which may include 60-100 panels.
An animatic is the next stage in producing a video pitch. Storyboards are edited together to produce continuity boards with proper timing and temporary dialogue and sound. The result is a clear animatic movie that is easy to follow and pitch to clients or producers. After the storyboards are produced a typical turn around time for an animatic is 2-3 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I need an artist to work with me directly in house. Can this be arranged?
A: We can usually arrange for an in house artist to visit your studio. There may be extra costs associated with the travel, hours, and type of job. Contact us to see how we can help.
Q: I have a script for a feature movie. How long will it take to storyboard a full script?
A: Producing storyboards is a custom, labor intensive job. A typical feature script with a full animatic will usually take 6 artists working full time for 8 months. Costs range anywhere from $200,000-$500,000 depending on the requirements of the story. This is a significant investment for anyone, but when compared to the time and money savings discovered through the storyboard process the results are worth every penny. For most films and stories you should factor about 20% of your budget for pre-production and storyboards. We are confident that as soon as you see what a quality story artists is able to produce you will agree it is money well spent.
Q: What are the typical payment terms?
A: A written contract is required. 1/2 – 1/3 of the total job payment is due before any work begins. The remaining payment is due upon final delivery of the artwork.
Q: I need a quick turnaround. Can you work overtime hours and on the weekend?
A: We have artists that are experts in fast turnarounds. For an extra charge, you can schedule artists to work overtime hours and on the weekend for you.
Q: Since I have never worked with you before, how can I be sure I will get what I need? What if I am not satisfied with the work?
A: The artists in our network try their best to be transparent about every stage in the production including the art process, billing, and client interaction to avoid any surprises. They do everything possible to insure a satisfactory delivery of the images you require. Producing storyboards is an easy process since every stage of the work is approved by you before moving forward including the rough pass, thumbnails, and finished panels. We are confident that you will be happy with the quality of work.
Q: I am an artist and I want to join your network of artists. How do I apply?
A: We are always looking for available talent. If you think you have what it takes fill out the form below and we will review your work.
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