Behind the Screen: The Making of "What is Your Superpower?!"

Created for Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) by our graduate animators, What is Your Superpower?! involved the usual deadline pressures (“Is it July already? What happened to June?”) punctuated by moments of pure creative genius (“Are you thinking what I’m thinking? How hard would it be to morph Craig’s head into a goldfish bowl?”)

The making of What is Your Superpower?! also involved several unusual challenges. Mid-project, Exceptional Minds moved its whole animation team home due to the pandemic to continue collaborating over Zoom, which presented its own set of challenges. (“Zoom “lag" can make an animation render like a 2D drawing and appear as incomplete work. Oh Zoom!”)

Still, the pandemic didn’t stop the crew from filming fellow artist Kate Jorgensen at Nickelodeon near a “secret” door that only a few in the industry know about (Howie Hoffman, an industry veteran who knows the back doors to more studios than he cares to admit, was the Exceptional Minds creative director on the project).

Exceptional Minds is a professional training academy and working studio for young adults on the autism spectrum. We are a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization based out of Los Angeles, CA, specializing in training young adults with autism spectrum disorder for meaningful careers in post-production and digital animation. Subscribe to our Newsletter here.

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