A leader in education and a champion of inclusion for those with disabilities, Dr. Shapiro brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Exceptional Minds.
Previously, Dr. Shapiro was the CEO of Albert Einstein Academies, growing it from a single school in Santa Clarita to a nationwide network of charter schools that exceeded all expectations as one of the more effective educational establishments in the country. He also brings to Exceptional Minds his experiences as the Executive Director for Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer and for CalArts Alumni Association. Dr. Shapiro formerly served as Director of the Western Region for Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Women Studies with Honors from Brandeis University and a Master’s degree from Northeastern University as well as two doctoral level degrees from Curentur University. He has served on five boards and is a published author and speaker.
“Exceptional Minds is the very definition of what parents can accomplish with determination and passion. I am honored to be entrusted with that legacy and to be able to use my professional and personal experiences to bring Exceptional Minds to the next level as we continue our mission to create better opportunities for all people with autism.”
Kat holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and she has 15 years of professional practice as a scenic artist and sculptor. She started working at Exceptional Minds in 2013 as an Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Animate teacher and in 2017 she became Principal. She has a great appreciation for the dedication and hard work that the staff and students of the Exceptional Minds community continually invest into this amazing organization.
Everything I've done in my life has led me to Exceptional Minds. From college where I majored in art history and education to raising my two daughters and being of service in my community. The opportunity and responsibility I have been given here is extraordinary. I take great pride in our students and what we accomplish daily at Exceptional Minds.
Benjamin has been providing behavioral services for both typically developing, those on the autism spectrum as well as other special needs children for the last decade. In addition to behavioral consulting, he has worked with children in a number of other capacities including: grade school teacher, academic tutor, sports coach, theatre instructor and camp counselor.
Suzette has an extensive record of accomplishment as a finance and accounting professional supporting the business efforts of companies in diverse industries, including real estate, film production, and financial services makes her a strong leader in her field. With extensive expertise in financial management, cost containment, internal controls, and process automation, Major founded The Lambert Paul Group, a successful consulting practice to help her clients establish and maintain effective operations.
Major completed her Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. After decades of working in the for-profit sector, Major shifted gears and was inspired to work in the nonprofit sector. She is working on her master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, her intrinsic motivation is her teenage son Asher who was diagnosed with ASD at the age of 3.5 years old. She resides in Glendale with her husband Clarence and 2 sons, Asher and Gad.
Sabrena has extensive experience in human resources and has held several roles as generalist and manager, handling performance management, employee relations, recruiting and benefits. Most recently, Sabrena was the Employment Specialist for The Actors Fund, where she assisted entertainment professionals secure sideline work and facilitated workshops for job search readiness. Previously, she held positions in private industry, volunteered for several non-profits and provided HR services as a consultant.
Sabrena completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Management at the University of Phoenix and Master of Science degree in Psychology (concentration in Pastoral Counseling) from California Southern University in Costa Mesa, CA. She is certified as Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and is a member of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA).
When Sabrena is not working, she enjoys going to botanical gardens, dining, attending concerts with her husband and spending quality time with extended family.
Nicole Hernandez comes to Exceptional Minds with a decade of work experience across the spanse of for and non-profit companies, L.A. City, L.A.U.S.D., and others. She has held positions in digital and print marketing, communications, outreach, sales, operations, and education. Nicole is also an avid volunteer with Puerto Ricans in Action of Los Angeles.
Disney veteran and advisor for world-class media companies, David Siegel crafts branding, marketing and new business strategies netting innovative content opportunities for a portfolio of clients that have included award winning marketing and licensing agencies, leading animation studios, Universities and technology start-ups. Siegel has advised and developed programs for The Television Academy/Emmys, Hershey, Dentsu, Panasonic, Blue Diamond, Abrams Artists Agency, Taubman Malls and others.
As an active philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Siegel, in partnership with his author/philanthropist son Dylan, has raised $1.5MM and unprecedented global awareness towards eradicating a rare genetic disease that will now be cured in the next several years.
Siegel lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three boys.
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in NYC, Ronalis is proud to have landed at Exceptional Minds. He relocated to LA from The Windy City where he studied Psychology and Theater at Columbia College Chicago. Ronalis couldn’t be happier to be using both his artistic background and his love of bringing people together, to take on the role of managing the Outreach and Communications unit. While a student, Ronalis interned at the Music Institute of Chicago, working alongside Drama Therapists who primarily served young students on the autism spectrum. He was able to see the great potential of this population and feels fortunate to have been now part of the Exceptional Minds family for the past five years. Ronalis is thrilled to have grown from being an assistant to being able to make a larger impact on this "exceptional" program.
A versatile development professional who has served in multiple nonprofit organizations. Lupe comes to EM with 20 years of experience. Her nonprofit career began with ALSAC/St. Jude Children’Hospital, where she served as Associate Director for the Pacific Region. As second in command to the Regional Director she managed a two office region staff and volunteers fundraising within 10 western states and overseeing an administrative budget of 4.5 million dollars that produced 7 million dollars of fundraising revenues a year.
Most recently, she was the Development Director for SAJE (Strategic Actions For a Just Economy) a social justice non-profit in South LA. She also functioned as the Marketing and Development Director for the Specialty Family Foundation (SFF) in support of inner-city Catholic schools. Prior to SFF she served as the first Corporate Director of Development for Streetlights Production Assistant Program, a job-training program for at-risk youth that promotes diversity and serves the Entertainment Industry. In addition, Lupe served as the Director of Corporate Events for the American Heart Association, managing a number of special events, where she successfully created cause-related corporate partnerships.
Before her entry into the nonprofit arena, Lupe had a successful career in sales and marketing with the AVON Corporation. She also launched and pioneered the idea of marketing films to the Latino marketplace with Direct Impact, her own marketing and promotions company that serviced the Entertainment Industry. Lupe and her husband live in Tarzana with pets “Max” and “Tails”.
Eddie has always been actively involved in the arts. At the young age of seven, one of his paintings was featured in a Los Angeles-based print publication. He has had a passion for art and design since he was a child and has become rather successful in the creative community. He has earned an Associate's degree in Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Eddie has worked as a graphic and web designer for over 15 years and is also involved in the music industry. As a self-taught DJ, he has had the privilege of playing with artists like Paul Oakenfold, Mark Lewis, and Groove Radio's Swedish Eagle. As a jack-of-all-trades, Eddie also has a Degree in Electronic Engineering, an ear for music, and a love of design. He has recently joined Exceptional Minds as an Instructor that is bound to encourage and inspire the students.
Roxanne graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in Psychology in December 2016. She interned for Exceptional Minds in Fall 2016 under Benjamin Maxiner, Program Director. She started working at Exceptional Minds in January 2017. Roxanne is also the Operations Manager for Pixel Eyewear, a computer glasses startup company based in Los Angeles, CA.
Susan Zwerman is the heart and soul of the Exceptional Minds Studio, known for her work on Black Panther (2018), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), War for the Planet of the Apes (2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Doctor Strange (2016), Captain America: Civil War (2016), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015), while working as the VFX Studio Executive Producer at Exceptional Minds, a non-profit vocational school and studio that prepares young adults on the Autism Spectrum for careers in digital animation and visual effects. She has provided these artists opportunities to work on high-profile features films as well as various televisions shows.
Her credit has appeared on a succession of high-profile motion pictures including Broken Arrow, Alien Resurrection, Men of Honor, Around the World in 80 Days, and The Guardian.
She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, and the Visual Effects Society. She is the recipient of the 2013 Frank Capra Achievement Award in recognition of career achievement and service to the industry and to the Directors Guild of America.
A special highlight in Ms. Zwerman's career was winning the Grammy Award for "Best Concept Music Video" in 1988 for producing I'm Fat, the music video starring Weird Al Yankovic.
In addition, Ms. Zwerman is a well-known seminar leader at many universities, teaching visual effects techniques in the entertainment field. Ms. Zwerman is a co-author of the seminal book on producing visual effects, The Visual Effects Producer: Understanding the Art and Business of VFX.
With extensive experience in proposal writing, reporting management, and funding research, Ms. Bruno has provided grant writing, funding research, grants management, event planning assistance, funder communication and management, and other development services both remotely and in-office since 2007.
Barbara has also written commentary/analysis about the National Football League, most recently for The Huffington Post and Bleacher Report. She has been a guest NFL expert on numerous radio and online panels: including CBS News Radio, WGN Chicago, and HuffPo.
A double Bachelor's Degree graduate of The College of William & Mary in Virginia (English Literature and Psychology), Barbara also holds a M.A. in Theatre Arts. Her prior professional life was as a film industry professional. Ms. Bruno captained major studio film/television sets, including stunt and special effects units. She co-produced the independent film Vino Veritas—currently in release with Gravitas on multiple VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and most On Demand services.
Her motto is “You can't scare me; I sunk the Red October!”
Genevieve came to Exceptional Minds with an impressive range of skills and non-profit experience. Tech savvy and adept at almost any office related function, Genevieve is an office administrator extraordinaire. Her skills in the workplace are only outshone by her generous spirit. Her desire to make our world a little better, to uplift and connect with others is what makes Genevieve the perfect fit for Exceptional Minds.
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Rebecca comes to Exceptional Minds after having spent the last few years working in the Jewish nonprofit world providing direct services to those in need. A native San Diegan, Rebecca moved to Los Angeles in 2012. She completed her Master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service at American Jewish University in order to fulfill her desire to help others and contribute to the community at large.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys a good book or tv show, theatre, attending concerts with her parents and friends and monthly trips to Disneyland.
Elizabeth has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) for over a decade and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2011. She began working 1:1 with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and expanded to working with individuals across the lifespan with various diagnoses. She has provided educational and organizational training, oversight, and quality assurance in professional and academic environments. She is proficient in instructional design, curriculum development, systems analysis, and performance improvement.
Kristin is a published author, a former university writing professor, and faculty in the Vocational Program. Kristin brings her extensive experience, expertise, and knowledge in curriculum development, teaching special populations, and issues related to young adults with Autism to the EM community. She is inspired by her son, Thaddeus Stauder, an animator with Autism.
Mister Hayz is a 20-year animation industry veteran, working for shows like King of the Hill, The Simpsons, and Mission Hill. He also has over 12 years of experience teaching and coaching young people. His hobbies include fatherhood, Dungeons and Dragons, and making Halloween pumpkins.
Josh is a visual effects artist and supervisor, graphic artist, digital multimedia creator, and video editor, who has done effects work and supervised student artists’ work for feature films like Golden Globe winner “American Hustle”. Perhaps his best training came from his youngest brother, who was diagnosed with ASD and has shown him the potential for learning, growth, and artistic expression that people with ASD can possess.
Timothy currently teaches classes at Exceptional Minds related to VFX and Motion Graphics. He comes from a background related to freelance and teaching. He’s previously worked for different companies across the LA area ranging from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Baked FX, to CBS Digital. In 2013 he received his MFA in Digital Art from The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. When he’s away from Exceptional Minds he teaches additional courses at various colleges across the LA area.E-Mail: email@example.com
Randi teaches 3D and visual effects at various colleges. Randi has worked as a digital artist and technical director for games and movie projects with Gizmo Games, RJB Enterprises and Sony Imageworks. Along with production work Randi is also a published author for the 3ds Max and Autodesk training manuals and works closely with Autodesk as an Autodesk Certified Instructor.
Alineh learned Adobe Flash at age 11 and started learning Maya at 12. Alineh's younger brother is moderately impacted with autism and has caused her to become very involved with the autism community at an early age. Parents of children with ASD would ask her to babysit because they trusted her ability to effectively deal with behavioral issues due to the ones her brother had and due to her involvement with other kids with ASD during community events.
Through a parent, she found out about Media Enrichment Academy. She started volunteering at Media Enrichment Academy at age 13. Volunteering there had a lot of meaning to her because it gave her hope that people like her brother could find an outlet for their feelings through artistic expression and that they could learn something that enriched their lives in some way. She volunteered at EM for two summers in 2012 and was hired as an Instructor 2013. She became proficient in Premiere, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Animate. Currently, Alineh is studying Film and Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Howie's involvement with Exceptional Minds combines a dual career in education and the arts with his two degrees in Psychology and Fine Art!.
Soon after receiving a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to bring animation to the public schools in Williamsburg, Virginia, Howie moved to New York to do artwork for the birth of Nickelodeon and the launch of MTV. Subsequently, Howie became an Art Director (and often Copywriter) for DFS/Saatchi & Saatchi ("Silly Rabbit..!"). In this latter capacity, Howard became one of the very first Art Directors to use mixed-media such as computer, clay, and cutout animation in TV commercials.
Making the transition from advertising to entertainment, Howie had notable stints as Design Director (Nickelodeon's "Doug"), Director (“Action League Now! for Nickelodeon), Commercial Director (Warner Bros. Classic Animation for MCI), and as Creative Director ("Grunt & Punt" for Fox Kids, NFL). Almost unintentionally, Howie co-created the show opening for three iconic tv show openings: "Reading Rainbow", "Magic SchoolBus", and "Doug".
On a vacation to his old summer sports camp (Camp Androscoggin) Howie started an animation program, which for almost two decades became the most visible animation workshop for kids in the country-- as the campers animated for the likes of Disney Channel, Kids WB!, Nickelodeon and PBS.
Howie has garnered awards for his FINE ART (Va. Museum of Fine Arts), ANIMATION (Best of Ann Arbor Film Festival, Washington D.C. Film Festival), GRAPHICS (Broadcast Design Association) and DIRECTION (Cable Ace Award Nomination, New York ASIFA/Annie Award).
Happy to be "outdone" by his students, shorts made under Howie's tutelage have been screened and/or awarded at such animation festivals as: Ottawa International Animation Festival, The Los Angeles Animation Celebration, The Palm Springs International Animation Festival, and the International Student Film Festival-Hollywood.E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Jess" is an animator, illustrator and visual artist with over 9 years of experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Media Arts in Animation at the Art Institute of California, Orange County and got her start in the game industry. She worked on game titles such as "Hunted: The Demon's Forge" and "Wasteland 2." She currently has an art wall at "The Hive Gallery" in downtown LA and joins in their art shows quite frequently.
Jon is an accomplished producer and VFX artist who has been involved in the film industry for more than a decade. After graduating from St. Olaf College with a degree in psychology, Jon received a second degree in visual effects at the Art Institute in Minneapolis. He spent eight years in LA working in visual effects and post production on projects including Captain America: The First Avenger and Titanic. In addition to working on VFX projects for major studios and producing feature films. He spent last summer in Minnesota producing the feature length psychological thriller Seed of Doubt which is now in post-production; he is currently living in California and working as as a teacher at Exceptional Minds Studios, where he mentors adults with autism for careers in the visual effects industry.
Stephen "Stevie" Larsen was born in Maryland and grew up into a nomadic lifestyle. From an early age, Stevie discovered two passions, video games and drawing. These passions influenced his career leading him to earn a Bachelor's of Science at Utah Valley University in Animation and Game Design. Since earning his degree, Stevie has worked for software companies and as an freelancer. He regularly attends game jams and is always looking to improve his craft.
Stevie has also worked specifically in game development education. He volunteered to tutor and teach students at the Utah Refugee Center for their game development workshop. When working in Huntsville, Alabama he tutored kids at the Video Game Design Club. For Stevie, teaching the 12 principles of Animation, drawing, and design is a fulfilling experience. And just this last summer, he taught a week long course in Maya at Digital Media Academy.
Stevie is excited to continue his journey and share his knowledge at Exceptional Minds and helping raise future artists and animators.
William is a 2015 Graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in Animation/Illustration and a Minor in Marketing. Since the age of 12, he has been educating himself in the field of computer graphics and video game design. He has attended various art-intensive workshop at Pepperdine University (2D Video Game Design), UCLA (3D Video Game), and Digipen University (3D Computer Animation). Has extensive knowledge in programs like Adobe's Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Autodesk's Maya. He has been a Screen Actors Guild Member since 2003 and has extensive experience working in the professional production pipelines. William spends his spare time as an advocate and programs director for the Arthritis Foundation.
Marcel Valcarce is a creative director, educator, and devoted father. He brings together a deep connection with technology and a love for art, design, animation, and storytelling. Marcel’s early career spanned top Hollywood design and visual effects studios including Imaginary Forces, Rhythm & Hues Studios, R. Greenberg/Schluter, Creative Domain/Trailer Park, Pacific Title and Art Studios, and Kaleidoscope Films among others. In 2005 he co-founded inMotion Studios a boutique motion design and video production studio. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Hofstra University and an MFA in Film, Video and Computer Animation from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he also currently teaches in the Animation and Film Production departments.
Alyssa Maxwell AKA Alymax is a graduate of the Scripps School of Communication at Ohio University, where they received a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a focus on games and animation. They have worked with Exceptional Minds since their 2016 internship. Alymax gained a passion for design after taking classes at the Cleveland Art Museum and the Cleveland Institute of Art as a child. They feel a strong connection to the autism community due to the relationships they've built with friends on the spectrum, and with the children they've worked with as a camp counselor and baby-sitter. Exceptional Minds has helped Alymax learn more about, and embrace, their own neurodivergent tendencies, and improve their artistic abilities.
Kenneth has been working as a Visual Effects Compositor for over 15 years. LA has been his home base for the majority of time, especially at Rhythm & Hues Studios. As the industry changed, so did Ken. Working as Lead Compositor, onset VFX Supervisor and even an indie Film Producer (Island Dreams 2014), Kenneth had traveled to various places in the world like Mexico City, Turkey, Beijing, Hong Kong and the Philippines. He gained additional skills in movie production from screen writing, casting, and budgeting to post-production in editing, color grading and sound design. Kenneth is very happy to return to LA, sharing his experiences and exchanging ideas for the staff of young artists.
Jon Clark is a visual artist, writer, and filmmaker with over 7 years of professional experience. His favorite film jobs include working on The Tim and Eric Awesome Show (Cartoon Network) and interning at Troma Entertainment. Jon’s short films and music videos have been screened in many festivals throughout the United States and abroad. The interdisciplinary and collaborative process involved in filmmaking very much informs Jon’s fine art practice.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of my favorite artists and filmmakers in the world, but teaching at Exceptional Minds is the best job I’ve ever had.”E-Mail: email@example.com
Jennifer started working in television in New York for “Good Morning America” as a PA, where she became a member of the Director’s Guild of America.
After moving to LA, she worked on “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” as a Script Supervisor and Associate Director for 13 years. Before coming to Exceptional Minds, she also worked as an Associate Director on “Celebrity Name Game.”E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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As a lifelong artist, Immanuel holds a Bachelor’s degree Media Arts and animation. He has moved forward in the industry with skills in 2D, a background 3D CGI and 3D Stereoscopic conversion. As a versatile artist he quickly excelled into a senior role at Stereo D, working in roto and depth conversion. Afterward, Immanuel moved onto work in various other commercials and films, and with the experience he gained along the way, became a part of the foundation of the VFX Studio here at Exceptional Minds. As a professional over the past decade, he has been the Lead VFX Supervisor for the past 5 years, and continues to be a driving force that boosts the talent of the artist and students.
Scott is an Animation Director and has been in the animation business for over 20 years, working on Feature Film Productions, (Don Bluth Entertainment, Rich Animation, Warner Bros Animation), TV Animation Productions, (Warner Bros TV Animation, Hyperion Studios, Universal TV Animation) as well as a wide variety of freelance projects.
One of most memorable and rewarding jobs was storyboarding on the Warner Bros "Pinky and the Brain" TV Show. Scott has also produced several short comedy films for the "Whistling Moon Avengers" comedy series. one entitled "Great Explorations" was screened both in the Los Angeles film festival and short film category at Cannes, France. He is a graduate from Sheridan College, in Oakville Ontario and Columbia College in Chicago.E-Mail: email@example.com
Ron Yavnieli has worked as a Writer, Storyboard Artist, Character Designer, Animator, Producer, Director and Voice Actor, for companies like Funny or Die, Bento Box, Disney, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Machinima, Nintendo, Mattel, College Humor, and Nerdist Industries just to name a few.
Ron studied Film at Syracuse University and Character Animation at CalArts. His original films have won awards at Film Festivals around the world. Ron created several cartoons for Yahoo's 'Sketchy' channel including the viral hit "Disney/Star Wars Corporate Retreat" which won "Best Narrative Short" at The 2013 Animation Block Party.After creating and executive producing DreamWorksTV's animated series "Gorillaville" Ron joined the Exceptional Minds team as an Animation Producer.
Patrick is a 2014 Exceptional Minds graduate. He is certified in Adobe Flash, Photoshop, and Illustrator and regularly utilizes Nuke, After Effects, SilhouetteFX, and Mocha for his visual effects work.
Since starting at Exceptional Minds, Patrick has worked on films such as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Ant-Man (2015).
Carter is an Exceptional Minds graduate who graduated in 2017. He is certified in Adobe Flash/Animate, Photoshop, After Effects, Maya and Premiere Pro. In the summer of 2017 he joined the Animation Studio. Carter created original characters for a mobile game called Tooth Hero and has worked on the Holiday Christmas Card for CBS, among other projects.
Dylan Carbonell is a 2018 graduate who started making stop-motion animated films at the age of 10, and has been drawing comics ever since. In his late teens he started doing storyboards and even directed live-action short films with motion graphics at Northern Virginia Community College. At Exceptional Minds, he animated for the 2015 “Momentous Insurance Holiday Card”, “LA Zoo 50th Anniversary”, “Barbar’s Bargains”, and “Morphing Time”. In the summer of 2017 he interned at Nickelodeon on the breakout hit animated series, The Loud House. He specializes in pushing the exaggeration of shapes and movements to absolute extremes, and stylizing designs in interesting and abstract ways.
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Lloyd is a 2014 Exceptional Minds graduate; certified in Adobe Flash, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. Lloyd is skilled at drawing, has an eye for fine detail (and has a surprisingly good singing voice). He enjoys PS3 gaming, laser tag, Disney research, and music. He has also volunteered at the LA Food Bank. Since starting at Exceptional Minds, Lloyd has worked on several films, including Lawless (2012), American Hustle (2013), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Thomas is a graduate of the Exceptional Minds class of 2018. He is a Visual Effects and End Titles artist that has worked on the credits for "Avengers: Infinity War", "Crazy Rich Asians", "Ant-Man and the Wasp" and more.
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Eli is a 2014 Exceptional Minds graduate. He is certified in Adobe Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator and adept in Nuke, After Effects, Silhouette, Mocha, Premiere, and Wordpress. Eli excels in procedural 2D work; honing his skills on several films including American Hustle (2013), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Ant-Man (2015).
Annie is a 2017 Exceptional Minds Academy graduate. Certified in Adobe Flash and Photoshop. In Exceptional Minds VFX Studio, she is gaining experience with marker removal, rotoscoping, and compositing in Nuke and After Effects' Mocha. She worked on "A Perfect Day" (2015), Profectum Parent Toolbox (2015), and recently, Marvel Studio's Black Panther (2018). Annie loves animated media, animals, pencil drawing, reading, and hanging around with friends and family. She also loves making her own animations and check out her musical animashs posted on YouTube.
Jacob Lenard is a 2018 graduate of Exceptional Minds. He has a passion for creating original animated content and characters. He’s done several comedic on-going animated series on YouTube with a dedicated following over the years. Jacob is very proficient in Adobe Animate, Adobe Premiere and sound editing. He enjoys animating in a loose, abstract style with an emphasis on personality. Jacob’s work is very influenced by both traditional and digital animation of the 90’s and early 2000’s. So far, Jacob has worked on BJ Leiderman’s “Maizey’s Song” (2017) and interned at Warner Bros. Animation during the summer of 2018.
David is a graduated from Exceptional Minds Class of 2015. He is ACA certified in Adobe Flash, Premiere, Photoshop & Illustrator. Currently David is gaining experience in various digital visual effects work such as rig-removal, rotoscoping and compositing using Nuke, After Effects, Mocha and SilhouetteFX. Outside of work, David enjoys theatre arts and sketch comedy as well as writing and drawing.
Naseem Sabokpey is a graduated of Exceptional Minds class of 2018 who is now working as a designer at the Exceptional Minds animation studios. One of her goals are design her own stickers and sale them. Naseem biggest goal is to continue on her stories and put them into chapter books for older kids and younger adults like herself. Her hope is one day her stories would succeed and make money and become a designer for keychains, phone cases, and other souvenir.
Tony Saturno is a 2017 Exceptional Minds graduate. He is certified in Flash and Photoshop, and is additionally skilled in Premiere Pro, After Effects, Mocha, Nuke, and Maya. He is currently a Visual Effects Artist in the Exceptional Minds studio. His primary interests include music, movies and TV shows.
Adam graduated from Exceptional Minds in 2016 with certifications for various Adobe programs, including, but not limited to, Premiere Pro and Animate. During his education he contributed his artistic and technical skills to professional projects such as "Benny's Story" for Sesame Street (2015) and "Perfect Day" for Dr. Ben and Co. (2015) He brought this experience to bear when he moved into the Animation Studio immediately after graduation. There he worked on a wide variety of projects including the LA Zoo 50th Anniversary bumper (2017) and "Maizey's Song" for BJ Leiderman (2017). He is currently serving a full-time internship at Warner Bros. Animation.
Stephen is a graduate of Exceptional Minds class of 2018. He is certified in Adobe Animate and Adobe Photoshop. He now works as an artist in the EM Animation Studio. Outside of EM, Stephen has created his own 2D animated series called "Ethan, Nathan, Larry and Elmer". He has done professional art work for "Martin the Fartin Mummy" books 1 and 2. His character designs were also used in the Momentous Insurance company holiday card.
Mason Taylor is a Visual Effects Artist and 3-D modeler. He is a recent graduate of Exceptional Minds and earned Adobe accreditations in Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Premiere Pro. Currently employed by Exceptional Minds Studio doing visual effects work, Mason is known as “The Machine” and can crank out shot after shot at a rapid pace.
Andrew Turney is a 2D character designer and cleanup animator. He has a huge interest in movies and cartoons. He worked on the animation for the Anti-Bully vine for Cartoon Network, The “LA Zoo 50th Anniversary” bumper and took part in tracing the backgrounds on "Maizy's Song" for BJ Leiderman. He graduated in 2018 and is currently employed at the Exceptional Minds Animation Studio.
Jack is a graduate of Exceptional Minds, class of 2018. He is certified in Adobe Photoshop. He currently works as an artist and rigger in the Studio. Using Spine software, he creates animation and rigging for mobile games.
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