The Concept All television shows start with a "concept."
This means an idea for what the show is about. Maya & Miguel, as you know, is about fun-loving
twins and their family and friends who all share in neighborhood adventures, and sometimes, misadventures!
The Stories The writers and producers who come up with the scripts for the show get many of their
ideas from real life experiences. They want the audience to see that Maya & Miguel have many
of the same feelings and experiences that many 10-year-olds have. For instance, an episode about Tito's
friendship with a boy who is deaf was inspired by one of the voice over actors who has two hearing-impaired
The Talent Behind every great character is the talent, or actor, who brings that character to life.
In an animated series, actors create the voices of each character. Visit "Meet
the Actors" to learn more about the voices behind Maya & Miguel.
The Episode An episode is one program that is a part of a whole series. Each episode of Maya
& Miguel takes a whole team of people to create. Producers and writers craft the story, a director
breaks the story down and passes it on to the storyboard artist, and then several cartoon artists and
animators put it all together and in motion with their drawings!
The Process Once artists create the character designs, the backgrounds (scenes), props (things in
a scene that the character uses, like soccer balls, books, and toys) and storyboards (a set of rough sketches
outlining a scene), the animations are put together by computer animators.