Exceptional Minds video by Dan Cowles, Adobe Studio, Sr. Creative Director for Video

People with autism train in visual effects

by DAN COWLES
Adobe Studio
Sr. Creative Director for Video
Republished with permission

Exceptional minds: Where autism is no barrier to success

Exceptional Minds is an animation studio and digital arts school for young adults who fall on the autism spectrum. A nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, Exceptional Minds exists to train and place students in animation and visual effects jobs in the film industry.

The program goes far beyond technical training. It teaches social and collaborative skills, helps students feel confident in their ability to succeed and enables them to become more self-sufficient.

Some of the qualities that make the students unique are also skills that make them really good at animation and VFX work. Exceptional Minds students have gone on to make significant contributions to dozens of major Hollywood films, television shows, and animated productions. They’ve created animation for blockbusters like Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2; critical favorites like American Hustle; and TV shows like Game of Thrones and Sesame Street.

Dan Cowles,  Adobe Studio senior creative director for video, visited the Exceptional Minds campus. He talked to the students and learned about about the work they are studying to become an animator. Watch the video he created below.

Video created by Dan Cowles, Adobe Studio, Sr. Creative Director for Video. Republished with permission, you can find the original here.


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