VFX + Animation Producer
Crystal Rain Media Entertainment



Susan Zwerman

Susan Zwerman is the heart and soul of the Exceptional Minds Studio, known for her work on  Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Captain Marvel  (2019), Green Book (2018),  Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Black Panther (2018), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Pitch Perfect 3 (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015), while working as the Studio Executive Producer at Exceptional Minds, a non-profit professional 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, andThe 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.  In 2019 , she received the VES Fellows Award recognizing her achievements and contributions to the art, science or business of visual effects.

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 with Charles Finance of the seminal book on producing visual effects, The Visual Effects Producer:  Understanding the Art and Business of VFX.  She is also the Editor with Jeffrey Okun of The VES Handbook of Visual Effects.

Role with the VES
VES Board Member 2020  - VES Editor with Jeffrey Okun of  "The VES Handbook of Visual Effects" - (Third Edition) published in July 2020.