mandala lifeo
mandala lifeo
2024-05-26
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Lina Honig
Lina Honig
2024-04-19
My teenager has GREATLY enjoyed developing her animation skills with Joe Zaffuto at Elite Animation Academy and looks forward to each class. She was able to add animation clips into her art high school audition portfolios which allowed to her display a broader and dynamic artistic capacity. She was successfully admitted to her dream school. Thank you Joe and Todd!
Delrita Meisner
Delrita Meisner
2024-03-30
Todd West and his instructional team bring years of knowledge in digital arts to students of all learning abilities. My daughter absolutely enjoys the courses she has completed as well as the classes she is currently enrolled. From Character Design to 2D animation, she has been able to expand on her artistic talents. The atmosphere is extremely inclusive and my daughter has shared that out of all the animation courses she has taken throughout the state, Elite Animation Academy is by far the best school! It is a worthwhile investment for your children. We are glad to continue classes with EAA!
Monica D'Ambrosio
Monica D'Ambrosio
2024-01-20
We are very happy with Elite Animation Academy, my son is learning so much and we is always happy to come. Definitely is a place where the kids can learn about animation and also feel nice. 100% recommended.
Heather L
Heather L
2023-08-15
My 3 children (ages 13, 12, & 9) attended this camp in the beginning of August 2023. They did 2 D Animation and Traditional animation and they loved it! I would recommend to anyone who has children interested in animation.
Kowalczyk House
Kowalczyk House
2023-08-13
We enrolled our son for the Virtual classes after reading the reviews and meeting with Todd the owner. He loves the classes and has been progressing his talent. We were worried about the 2-hour class time but he hasn't had any problems with it. He has been working hard with his instructor. Mr. Tom - (Thor) is great working with him. Definitely recommend the program!
Kara B.
Kara B.
2023-08-11
Elite Animation Academy is a very special place. Mr. Todd is a truly exceptional individual who is providing a truly exceptional learning experience for the kids he so clearly cares deeply about. My daughter, age 11, is an avid drawer but had never had instruction. As a child with very severe anxiety, being in any sort of learning environment often causes her real distress, and usually results in her not being able to learn effectively (including in school). I spoke with Mr. Todd quite a bit before enrolling her, and based on his obvious experience and caring, as well as all the five-star reviews, we decided to take a chance and enroll her for a week of summer camp, flying down from Mass. Mr. Todd took her challenges not just in stride, but has provided so much support for her and her needs, and she has *thrived* in this program. The instruction she's received has been stellar, and she is so proud of her new skills and knowledge. Mr. Todd and the staff have not just taught her animation. They have also treated her with respect, with kindness, with honesty, and with skilled guidance throughout the week. She has immediately signed up for 1:1 online lessons for the Fall - something we have never seen her do before. We are so grateful, and thrilled for our daughter. This is truly a special place, offering *so* much more than lessons in art. They've earned every five star review they have - I wish I could give Elite and Mr. Todd ten stars. If you're thinking about it, don't hesitate.
Cheyenna Duggan
Cheyenna Duggan
2023-08-02
Elite Animation Academy is fantastic - I wish this was around when I was a kid! My child is enrolled in a one on one, virtual class and I expected her to learn a lot about the subject, but she's learned so much more about self-discipline, work ethic, and valuing herself and her art than I could have even imagined. This has been such a wonderful overall experience for her, not to mention how clear it is that the instructors are incredibly talented and skilled themselves. Stella is so patient, kind, and understanding. The curriculum is very well designed. I can't believe my child stays engaged for the entire two hours. Highly recommend, and we can't wait to attend another term.
TJ Baker
TJ Baker
2023-07-28
This is my son's second year attending Elite's camp. If you are a parent looking to get behind your child's dreams of animation or design, this is the school/camp for you. Amazing one-on-one, in-class experience with real life animators within the world of Disney creative. Their encouragement for all the students helps drive an incredible learning environment that my son and I look forward to every Summer traveling from South Carolina. Can't recommend them enough.
Amanda
Amanda
2023-07-21
My daughter loved her class here. The teachers are fabulous and very experienced. Highly highly recommend!

Why Do I Need Elite Animation Academy?

Elite Animation Academy is the ideal choice for aspiring animators due to several key reasons:

Expert Instruction: Learn from former Disney and Marvel animators who bring professional experience and a passion for teaching.

Comprehensive Curriculum: Courses cover 2D and 3D animation, video editing, special effects, and game design, tailored to all skill levels.

Flexible Learning: Offering both in-studio and online classes, accessible from anywhere.

Personalized Attention: Small class sizes ensure individualized feedback and support.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Access to the latest industry technology and software.

Successful Alumni: Graduates have been accepted into prestigious art schools and built successful careers.

Engaging Programs: Popular summer camps and regular courses keep students inspired and learning year-round.

Community and Networking: Join a supportive and vibrant community of artists and animators.

Why Should I Choose Elite Animation Academy?

Elite Animation Academy is the ideal choice for aspiring animators due to several key reasons:

Expert Instruction: Learn from former Disney and Marvel animators who bring professional experience and a passion for teaching.

Comprehensive Curriculum: Courses cover 2D and 3D animation, video editing, special effects, and game design, tailored to all skill levels.

Flexible Learning: Offering both in-studio and online classes, accessible from anywhere.

Personalized Attention: Small class sizes ensure individualized feedback and support.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Access to the latest industry technology and software.

Successful Alumni: Graduates have been accepted into prestigious art schools and built successful careers.

Engaging Programs: Popular summer camps and regular courses keep students inspired and learning year-round.

Community and Networking: Join a supportive and vibrant community of artists and animators.

Who is Elite Animation Academy?

We are “Developing Young Minds Through The Art Of Animation

We are a YEAR ROUND Academy. We offer Regular and VIRTUAL (online) Courses, after school and on Saturday’s. The courses are available for children and Adults. Our popular Studio & Virtual Online Courses are in the Months of June, July, and August for children ages 8 & up. We focus on basic to advanced levels the classes are small to provide you with a more personal connection with the teachers and get the most out of the lessons. Instructors are professionals in their area of expertise. Available in English & Spanish.

Animators create 2D and 3D images in motion for animated films, video games, commercials, and music videos. They create images, as well as special effects and other visual images, using video, film, or computer software. Some of the most common technology used by animators includes Adobe, AutoDesk 3DS Max, MAYA, VectorDesigner, and Photoshop.

“Summer is a fun time for students to recharge, but also an opportunity to hone new skills; especially those young minds who are imaginative, artistic, and innovatively visionary. Our international Academy is the perfect opportunity for students looking to enhance skills in design, animation, and even storyboarding”

Todd J West, Elite Animation Academy - Director & Founder

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“Elite Animation Academy has plenty of qualities which makes it the ideal learning center for young kids who show any artistic interest. It’s mentors are quite experienced in their fields, coming from big name companies like Disney and Marvel among others. The only trait these educators share which is greater than their artistic skill is their patience and ability to teach. From someone who has been around Elite Animation for plenty of years, I can assure anyone that with dedication, results are very easily attainable.”

Ali Malik

Ringling College of Art and Design

“Elite Animation Academy provides an ideal environment for any student to further their artistic skills & style. The instructors are not only knowledgeable, but bring their own experiences working in the arts to class. In addition to the talent the instructors share with students, they are encouraging and engaging.  On several occasions, instructors have given me to tools and confidence to push myself to a higher skill level. My involvement at Elite Animation Academy has led me to attend summer seminars at SCAD, where the instructors were impressed by my previous training. Next year, I hope to use the skills I’ve obtained at Elite Animation Academy to explore other summer seminars at CalArts”

Peyton Cantle

SCAD or CalArts

“I really enjoyed attending Elite Animation Academy! The courses I took were fun, and gave me a useful foundation in Character Design and Animation, as well as helping me build my portfolio. The mentoring I received there was also very helpful, and I’m thankful for that guidance. Taking courses at Elite Animation Academy helped solidify my love for animation and illustration, and I hope to keep growing the skills I learned there in the future.”

Izzy Robe

Ringling College or Art & Design

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  • For Immediate Release: Media Advisory

    Contact: Todd West, 407.459.7959

    Elite Animation Academy, Director

    twest@eliteanimationacademy.com

    ELITE ANIMATION ACADEMY OFFERS SUMMER CAMP ANIMATION SERIES FOR STUDENTS AROUND THE WORLD

    Summer camps available online and in-studio for KIDS wanting to collaborate with Disney Animators to share artistry, ideas,

    and engage in traditional and digital animation learning.”

     

    May 19, 2024 (Orlando, Florida) Well known, Orlando-based Elite Animation

    Academy has announced their 10th annual Summer Animation Camp Series. The weekly sessions will run from Monday, June 3, through Friday, August 9, from 10 am to 3pm, EST.

    On-line and in-studio classes are taught by Disney Animators and other professionals in the field, to include Traditional Animation, Foundational Drawing, Character Design, Gesture Drawing & Sketching, and Anime – Manga, (Japanese animation comics). Additional modules offer Comics and Cartooning; Animatics Storyboarding; Video Editing and Special Effects; 2D Character Animation, and 3D Animation Foundation.

    “Summer is a fun time for students to recharge, but also an opportunity to hone new skills; especially those young minds who are imaginative, artistic, and innovatively visionary. Our international Academy is the perfect opportunity for students looking to enhance skills in design, animation, and even storyboarding,” said Todd West, Elite Animation Academy Summer Camp Series, director.

    “Elite’s summer camps provide a myriad of creative disciplines and instruction, which are comprehensively designed to teach, the ‘art of animation. Instructors are industry professionals having expansive backgrounds with major movie studios such as Disney, Marvel, BlueSky, Laika, Sony, Fox, and more.” added West.

    In advance of the summer camps, Elite will offer a Summer Camp Open House for those who wish to tour our studio, meet instructors, and review camp offerings. The Open House events will be held on Saturday, June 1; June 8; and June 15; from 1 pm to 4 pm, at 3107 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, Florida. Students need not be present at Open House events to participate in summer camps.

    The cost for each camp series (1-week) is $475 per student, plus a small administrative fee. Elite Animation will provide all supplies. For more information, contact Todd West, Summer Camp Series director, at 407.459.7959, or twest@eliteanimationacademy.com.

    Elite Animation Academy has experienced remarkable growth in the Central Florida region, serving more than four hundred full-time, in-studio, students annually, with thousands of online students from around the globe.

    The founders, Todd and Gladys West envisioned a vibrant design studio with a noble mission: “Developing Young Minds through the Art of Animation.” In a little more than a decade, Elite Animation Academy has grown to include an expansive lineup of summer camps, in-studio courses, and virtual course opportunities where students can acquire vital design skills while developing top-notch portfolios to support future college or university enrollment in the arts, and/or career enhancement credentials as artists.

    About Elite Animation Academy: Founded in 2012 by former Disney animators,

    Elite Animation Academy provides art and animation training. Bringing students

    together with experienced animation instructors to maximize marketability and

    opportunities. Our vision is to become the best Animation Academy in the world.  Elite Animation also hosts the Digital Arts for Autism (DAFA) school for adults with autism. DAFA is a program partner for the Florida Gardiner Scholarship StepUp program, a statewide initiative designed for children with special needs.

     

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    Elite Animation Academy, 3107 Edgewater Drive Orlando, FL 32804 | eliteanimationacademy.com

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    Dear Todd West,

    TWO GREAT WORKSHOPS ADDED !

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS only $25 each – all supplies included !

    JUNE 1st – FIGURE DRAWING w/ former Disney Artist – Woody Woodman

    Woody Woodman is an artist, storyteller and teacher with 20 years in the animation industry. I began my pursuit to become a professional artist, and enrolled at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida, where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

    I was recruited by Walt Disney Feature Animation and continued my education in their internship program in Orlando Florida in July of 1997. I began my animation career as an ‘inbetweener’ on the film “Mulan” with Barry Cook. I worked on several films; “Tarzan,” “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Lilo & Stitch” Then I was accepted into the story department working with some of the finest storyboard artists and directors in the business. I also worked on “Treasure Planet” with Ron Clements, John Musker and Glen Keane. I continued to work for Disney in the story department on “Brother Bear” and a few films that where never realized, until the Orlando studio was shut down in 2003. Woody has continued his Animation experience working with such clients such as: Aardman, Lucas Films, Laika and 20 Century Fox.

    PURCHASE TICKETS TO FIGURE DRAWING WORKSHOP

    JUNE 8th – ANIME MANGA – w / former Marvel Comic Book Artist – Chi Wang

    Chi Wang is a freelance graphic artist with 30 years of experience in the comic book industry. He started out in 1993 as an intern at Marvel Comics Editorial Department and has worked professionally since for all of the major American comic companies such as Marvel, DC, and Archie Comics. He also provided lettering and prepress material for Japanese manga companies such as Viz Media, Tokyo Pop and Yen Press. These past work experiences have brought him extensive knowledge of both American and Japanese art-style and how it applies to story-telling in comics, anime and manga.

    Chi Wang currently owns and operates “Excel Comics” a digital publisher of original comic contents and illustrated novels.

    PURCHASE TICKETS TO ANIME MANGA WORHSHOP

    SUMMER CAMP OPEN HOUSE

    Learn about our great Summer Camps during the hours of 1 PM to 4 PM on either JUNE 1st or JUNE 8th – tour our studio, enroll for the best summer camp experience ever ! – to meet send email to :

    Reach out to the Camp Director at twest@eliteanimationacademy.com.

    SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE

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    Warmest regards,

    Todd West

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    Elite Animation Academy

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    Dear Todd West,

    Join us on Saturday- May18th 4:30PM to 7:30PM Storyboarding Workshop from former

    Disney Animator Woody Woodman.

    PURCHASE TICKETS AT EVENTBRITE

    $25 ALL SUPPLIES PROVIDED !

    AGES – 15 years and up

    Join us for a Storyboarding Workshop with former Disney Animator Woody Woodman! Learn the art of storytelling through visuals from a pro. This in person event will be held at Elite Animation Academy in Orlando. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from a seasoned animator. Limited seats available, so secure your spot now! This event is for age groups 15 and up with a basic understanding of drawing. We will break our students up into groups according to ability. Adults welcome ! This event is being held at Elite Animation Academy located at 3107 Edgewater Drive Orlando, Florida 32804

    Stop by our studio for a FREE assessment !

    UNSURE OF WHERE TO START ?

    We offer FREE student assessments and studio tours. Appointments are necessary, We schedule these assessments on Saturday’s from the hours of 10 AM to 12 NOON (30mins).

    There’s no better time than now to reignite your passion for animation.Whether you’re returning or joining us for the first time, join us you unleash your creative spirit with us.

    Stay Connected

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    Questions?

    Reach out to us at twest@eliteanimationacademy.com. Our team is always here to help you navigate your creative path.

    Warmest regards,

    Todd West

    Founder & Director

    Elite Animation Academy

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