Up, up and away!

Caped cru­saders Cre­ate a se­cret iden­tity and help sup­port world­sav­ing foun­da­tions with the De­sign a Su­per­hero char­ity fundraiser

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Screen­writer and self­con­fessed vis­ual ef­fects geek Michael Pa­padakis is on a mis­sion to make the planet a bet­ter place with his De­sign a Su­per­hero char­ity drive, and he needs your art­work to help save the world.

“I al­ways ad­mired the strength, love and com­pas­sion my mother had for oth­ers,” Michael says when ex­plain­ing the spark be­hind the project. Ded­i­cated to her mem­ory, Michael wants to in­spire other peo­ple to take pos­i­tive ac­tion. “Only a hero dares to put his hand into dark­ness, to bring an­other into the light,” he adds.

“The ini­tial idea was to ‘be a su­per­hero’ and as a prize cos­tume de­sign­ers would have brought the win­ner’s vi­sion to life,” says Michael. How­ever, to make the con­test eas­ier to en­ter, this was sim­pli­fied into a char­ac­ter de­sign com­pe­ti­tion.

With such a clear fo­cus, it’s a sur­prise to learn that the project is Michael’s first pro­fes­sional fundrais­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing who’ll be judg­ing the en­tries. “We’ll be work­ing closely with Emmy award-win­ning cos­tume de­signer Poli Kyr­i­a­cou (X-Men: First Class), plus film pro­ducer and VFX ed­i­tor Howard Berry (Kick-Ass, Sher­lock Holmes and Scott Pil­grim vs. the World),” he reveals.

The judges are look­ing for orig­i­nal ideas rather than the best artis­tic abil­ity. As well as sup­port­ing wor­thy causes such as the Su­per­hero Foun­da­tion, the over­all win­ner will re­ceive 10 per cent of the money raised. Hope­ful heroes can learn more by vis­it­ing

Hero tem­plates make it eas­ier for peo­ple to en­ter their ideas. One win­ner and 12 run­ners-up will be an­nounced a month af­ter the clos­ing date (the end of May).

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