Animation courses ad hoc for gifted artists with autismby Angelica Basile - 2016.11.09
Exceptional Minds is the first school of animation in the world exclusively dedicated to kids with autism. Based in Sherman Oaks, in California, the structure hosts each year a group of young people who are chosen for special visual technique courses targeted to future professionals in the film industry. The didactic activities are meant to build a skill base for future employment: animation 2D, rotoscoping (creation of realistic animation), website maintenance and special effects. The idea is a success and seems to have gone beyond the experimental stage: some of these students have already participated in Hollywood film projects. Like many other economic and business sectors throughout the world, Exceptional Minds did not make room for kids with autism merely to claim respect for integration, but to take full advantage of these kids’ special and unique talents. In fact, it appears they have a particular propensity for excellence in animation.
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