World Class instructors

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Gavin Dell

Founder and Lead Instructor
Gavin Dell is a Writer, Director, Animator, Storyboard Artist and Character Designer. He is originally from Kansas City and moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to attend California Institute of the Arts for animation. Since then he has worked on over 25 films, games and television series at nearly every major Hollywood Studio. Director of Family Guy, Scooby Doo, Bordertown, and Central Park, Animator for Warner Bros and Chuck Jones, Tim Burton and Steven Spielberg and credits on The Simpsons, PInk Panther, Hercules, Pirates of the Caribbean, XMEN, Silent Hill, Gears of War 2, Life of Pi and more. A complete list of his credits can be seen at IMDB.com
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Guest Instructors

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Ron Hughart

Supervising Director of American Dad for over 15 years, Director of Mucha Lucha, Futurama, Ren and Stimpy, Family Dog, Mighty Mouse.
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Jason Lethcoe

Director, Writer, Animator on Little Mermaid, Story Artist of more than 30 years with Disney, Dreamworks, Sony, and Paramount. He has credits on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,  Open Season and Author of a dozen children's books just to name few!
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Jules Aguimatang

Director at Walt Disney Television Animation, Story Artist Elena of Avalor, Mulan, G-Force, Green Eggs and Ham, Valiant, Lion King 2 and many more.
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Brian Horton

Creative Director Insomniac Games Spiderman, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, Art Director Tomb Raider, and Silent Hill Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb.
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Todd Jacobsen

Assistant Director, Animator, Feature clean up artist and Story Artist Princess and the Frog, Prince of Egypt, Curious George, Ren and Stimpy, Wabbit, Looney Tunes, The Simpsons and Future Worm.
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Mike Gurau

Production Coordinator, Graphic Design and Animation Instructor. Warner Bros, Fox Family Guy, Futurama, Baby Blues.
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Mark Bachand

Experienced Character and Prop Designer for The SpongeBob Movie Sponge Out of Water, Guess Who Scooby Doo? Histeria, Teen Titans, The Looney Tunes Show, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Duck Dodgers, and many more.
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Mike Milo

Director, Story Artist, Animator, Character Designer with over 30 years in the industry. Scooby Doo, Phineas and Pherb, Chowder, Woody Woodpecker, Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, Tasmania, and more…
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Amber Tornquist Hollinger

Director of Housebroken and Stillwater, Story Artist Wacky Races, Onyx Equinox, The Adventures of Puss and Boots, Mike Tyson Mysteries...
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Gavin Frietas

Story Artist and Animator with credits on The Simpsons, Rick and Morty, Brickleberry, The Spongebob Movie
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Greg Manwaring

Animator and storyboard artist Space Jam A New Legacy, The Iron Giant, Lion King, Tarzan, Pocahontas,, Ren and Stimpy Animaniacs and many more...
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Lee Crowe

Animator, Director, Timing Director for over 30 properties. The Simpson’s, Rocko’s Modern Life, Curious George, Scooby Doo, The Little Mermaid, Alvin and the Chipmunks
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Jeff Merghart

Character Designer and Visual Development Artist for Video Games, Films and Television The Mark of Kri, Ralph Breaks the Internet, An American Tail, Disney, Sony Playstation
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Lisa Blanchard

President and Director of Marketing
Lisa has been an amazing marketing consultant in the healthcare industry for several years working for, A Place for Mom, and Home Instead Senior Care, just to name a few. She also has extensive experience in working in a school environment and was an intake specialist for the world famous, California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena. Lisa is an amazing resource for students and will be the point person to contact for admissions.

What others are saying

Gavin is a skilled animator and storyteller with an unquenchable desire to create amazing characters, worlds and stories. His background in traditional animation is rooted in the Disney and Warner Brother's styles, but his versatility has served him as an animator, character designer, storyboard artist, author, and video game developer. As a Director. Gavin has marshaled his 30+ years of professional experience to mentor the animators and artists he manages to achieve excellence. Gavin is a rare talent, with a deep understanding of traditional animation and design combined with the curiosity to embrace and master the trends of the future.Brian Horton
Creative Director at Insomniac Gamess
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Gavin was a great lead to work under. He has a good eye for detail, a clear vision on how a shot should go and overall knows what will make a show great. Gavin brings a lot of work experience to the table and I'd high recommend himMatthew Johnson Senior Animator
@ Riot Games
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Gavin's knowledge of posing and Cinematography enables him to take any animation to the next level. He's a strong leader who makes no excuses for his high standards and expects nothing less from everyone he works with. I learned a lot from Gavin, he is definitely one of the best animators I have ever worked with.John Kubasco
CEO at Motion Logic Studios
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Gavin is a phenomenally talented animator. He's a fun guy to work with and a consummate professional. Gavin's experience and skill make him one of the most talented guys I've had the pleasure of working with.David Latour
Coordinator at Fanshawe College
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