Sr. Storyboard Artist (Remote)

LAIKA, Hillsboro, OR

Connecting the New with the Timeless to Tell Enduring Stories

General Summary

The Storyboard Artist, under the Supervision of the Director and Head of Story, translates and interprets story lines into a visual medium via sketches, thumbnail drawings and finished storyboard drawings.

Job Functions

  • Creates quick thumbnail sketches through to finished detailed storyboard panels.
  • Utilizes storytelling techniques for film and the effective use of camera and staging.
  • Performs background research to inform the story process.
  • Illustrates script pages and story ideas.
  • Works with Director and Head of Story to define staging, pacing and camera action.
  • Visually analyzes and translates scripts.
  • Creates inventive ideas and stories with a sense of entertainment and humor for multiple types of creative projects.
  • Develops character personality and dramatic/comedic action.
  • Incorporates Director’s notes.


  • 3+ years’ experience as a Storyboard Artist on animated feature films or television required.
  • Strong draftsperson with the ability to convey character and action.
  • Strong understanding of the principles of animation; emotion, acting, movement is required.
  • Strong team member with ability to work effectively with all levels in the organization.
  • Experience with Photoshop, a plus.
  • Experience with the Wacom Cintiq drawing tablet.

Physical Demands and Work environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk; stand; sit; use hands to operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear both in person and by telephone. The employee must lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee works under typical office conditions and is exposed to variable indoor temperatures. The noise level is usually quiet or moderate. In certain assignments, an employee may occasionally work near moving equipment and be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, airborne fumes and loud, prolonged noise (hearing protection required when using power tools).

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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Founded in 2005, LAIKA has grown to occupy a unique and distinctive place in American cinema by continuously expanding the boundaries of the 120-year-old technique of stop-motion animation. We are a community of storytellers, artists, inventors, technicians, and craftspeople from around the world, committed to fusing filmmaking’s state-of-the-art technologies with a handmade animation tradition as old as film itself. Our mission is to bring to the screen the kinds of emotional, innovative, and exhilarating stories we as filmmakers loved growing up. Our first feature film was 2009’s Oscar®-nominated Coraline, followed by the Oscar®- and BAFTA-nominated ParaNorman in 2012. The Boxtrolls hit theaters in 2014, garnering the studio its third straight Oscar® nomination. Our fourth film, Kubo and the Two Strings, will be released in the summer of 2016.

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