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Story Artist

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID R-01865 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Sep. 13, 2019

Job Summary:


  • Receive written and verbal descriptions of a sequence from the Director or Head of Story
  • Create quick thumbnail sketches through to finished detailed storyboard panels
  • Perform background research to inform the story process
  • Illustrate script pages and come up with story ideas
  • Pitch storyboards to the director and other members of the team 
  • Work with director and head of story to define staging, pacing and camera action
  • Come up with inventive ideas with a sense of entertainment and humor
  • Develop character personality and dramatic/comedic action
  • Draw storyboards for scenes assigned
  • Refine dialogue where needed
  • Revise, edit and modify sketches as needed, per director's notes  


  • Degree or equivalent in film, animation, illustration or related creative field preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to show action and comedy through expressive drawings
  • Organized and detail oriented, with the ability to work quickly and collaboratively
  • An art background, which shows a thorough understanding of layout, design and strong draftsmanship
  • Must be open to direction and able to embrace change
  • A great attitude and strong work ethic
  • Experience with Photoshop and Wacom Cintiq drawing tablet helpful


  • Practical knowledge of cinematic language, acting and staging
  • Strong storytelling abilities that feature character, emotion and movement
  • Ability to analyze scenes in written form and translate into visual product
  • Ability to express story and character through drawings
  • Ability to invent action and express it through drawing
  • Ability to present work in a clear and entertaining way
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to work under pressure, in a fast paced, deadline driven environment

About Pixar Animation Studios:

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 35 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office to date.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Pixar Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Pixar Animation Studios.

Pixar Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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