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Exceptional Minds

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Exceptional Minds
14144 Ventura Blvd. Suite 100


School typeA non-profit vocational center and animation studio for young autistic adults
Established2011; 13 years ago (2011)
Websiteexceptional-minds.org Edit this at Wikidata

Exceptional Minds (EM)[1] is an American computer animation studio and non-profit digital arts school. Established in 2011, it is the first animation studio and digital arts school for young autistic adults.[2] It is located in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California.[2]


The first major project for Exceptional Minds was the end title sequence for Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.[3] In addition, EM students have also worked on post-production visual effects for films such as American Hustle (rotoscoping),[4][5] Lawless (end credits),[4] and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (VFX roto work in stereo).[citation needed]

In September 2013, University of Southern California doctoral student Laura Cechanowicz released her documentary about EM titled Exceptional Minds in Transition for the USC School of Cinematic Arts video-based website, "Interacting with Autism".[6][7] Later, in 2014, EM partnered with Sesame Street in an initiative that will spread "autism acceptance".[2]

The first class of eight students graduated in June 2014, with Ed Asner serving as commencement speaker.[citation needed]


Video clips and interviews[edit]


  1. ^ "Exceptional Minds Digital Arts Academy Prepares Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum for Careers". EdTech Times. April 30, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Ross, L.A. (April 22, 2014). "'Sesame Street' Partnering With Exceptional Minds School for Autism Initiative". The Wrap. Archived from the original on October 3, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  3. ^ Lytal, Cristy (June 15, 2011). "'Judy Moody' has the benefit of Exceptional Minds". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ a b Khatchatourian, Maane (December 20, 2013). "Exceptional Minds School Helps Kids with Autism Find Their Niche". Variety.
  5. ^ Villacorte, Christina (December 1, 2013). "Exceptional Minds trains autistic students for Hollywood gigs". Los Angeles Daily News.
  6. ^ a b Evashenk, Lauren (September 26, 2013). "New autism website to launch Sept. 28". USC News.
  7. ^ "Exceptional Minds in Transition.". Interacting With Autism, USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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