Written by Maurits Valk, Production Accountant

When people ask me about my storyboarding, they’re often surprised to learn that I’m a Production Accountant at MPC. The two are quite different, but being at MPC has actually provided me with a platform to exercise my storyboarding skills.

I first started storyboarding back in university, where I enrolled in a creative writing course that focused on comics, as well as studying film editing and storyboard books. What started out as a hobby soon turned into a continuous flow of projects after a friend of mine asked me to storyboard a commercial that his studio was working on. From that moment on, I was hooked.

Over the last few years, I’ve spent much of my time refining my technical skills and learning various styles. While I enjoy boarding live action and tend to work more in that form, I have a deep passion for animation and would love to board for animated content.

However, when it comes to my style, it’s actually quite hard to pin it down and define what it is. It is constantly developing; I take techniques from different artists when studying their work and infuse certain elements into my own process. I always look to artists such as Dan Milligan, Craig Mullins, and Richard Anderson. They’re my go-to’s when I need some inspiration. From Dan Milligan’s work on Black Panther to anything Craig Mullins has touched, their work really stands out and they are truly masters of their craft.

Being a passionate and curious person has helped me develop as a Storyboard Artist. I am always trying to learn new methods, styles, and skills in the hopes of combining my production experience and love for storytelling into an executive producer and director-type of role in the future. After expressing my interest in wanting to storyboard more, I recently was asked to help edit a board on one of our projects at MPC – who knew my storyboarding and my job could overlap!