Head of Story (Storyboards for Feature Animation)

Mid-City, Los Angeles Animation
Skydance offers a dynamic, inclusive, and ever-evolving culture where innovative ideas are welcomed, and growth fostered. The partnership between unique creativity and technological advancements are demonstrated within each pillar of the company. At the heart of it all is a commitment to boldly entertaining and relevant storytelling.
While all Animation studios look to hire people who are creative and hard-working, Skydance Animation is specifically looking for pioneers who seek to push the limits of what the world’s most collaborative art form can achieve, and to give those pioneers the space and the resources to build a new studio that’s doing something different.
If you’ve ever dreamt of what the early days of Hollywood must have been like, of what it takes to roll up your sleeves and break new ground, figure out a new process, and to one day say, “I was there when it all began,” then welcome aboard…
The Head of Story will be responsible for leading the story team. This person will partner closely with the Director and Producer to adapt the script visually. The Head of Story will help to identify and solve storytelling problems as they relate to structure, narrative, character arcs, continuity, complexity, etc. This person will represent the Story department as a creative liaison in communications with other departments throughout the production pipeline. 


  • Oversees the Storyboard Artists on an Animated feature film
  • Draws storyboards, helps other storyboard artists with the execution of their sequences
  • Partners with Director and Producer to realize their vision; offers solutions to script / story problems
  • Attends all script and story-related meetings
  • Helps director disseminate relevant information to the crew
  • Reviews all work produced by the department
  • Collaborates with Production Supervisor to manage the crew, as well as craft strategy around future goals, milestones and projects
  • Assists in casting to artists and in dissemination of work to keep department moving toward specified goals
  • Responsible for talent development, takes part in evaluation of new candidates for hire, serves as mentor to junior artists and new hires
  • Responsible for yearly reviews of story crew which recognize strengths and identify weaknesses
  • Fosters a spirit of positive collaboration and dedication
  • Requirements

  • Comprehensive knowledge of story structure, cinematic technique and character development
  • Strong drawing skills and an ability to handle drama, action and comedic elements
  • Must have worked as a story artist on a minimum of 5 animated feature films
  • Extensive experience leading a team of artists
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively with all levels of staff
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Photoshop
  • Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions.
    Skydance is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to building and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. We welcome and consider applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy status, military/veteran status, disability, or any other protected category. Diversity in the workplace is not just a commitment, it is who we are and a reflection of what makes our world special.

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