The Founder and CEO of the '2D ACADEMY" is Tony White. Tony is a British Academy Award winning animation director, animator, author and educator. At the beginning of his career, Tony studied advanced animation techniques with some of the finest masters of 2D animation ~ specifically Ken Harris(Warner Brothers), Art Babbit (Disney) and Richard Williams (3 times Oscar winner). Tony has taught 2D animation at the highest level in the Pacific Northwest for almost two decades now. He is founder of the world's first dedicated animation community network, "ANIMAKERS" and has run his own "DRAWTASTIC Animation Festival" in the Seattle region, giving out Golden Pencil Awards, for 8 seasons ~ now entirely online. Tony's dream is to see a return of ground-breaking and traditional hand-drawn animated movie production in the USA once again and hopes the 2D ACADEMY will ultimately be able to do that ~ initiating an apprenticeship scheme for young animators in the process. Tony's best-selling animation textbooks include: "The Animator's Workbook"; "Animation from Pencils to Pixels ~ Classical Techniques for Digital Animators"; "How To Make Animated Films", "Jumping Through Hoops: The Animation Job Coach", "The Animator's Notebook" and "The Animator's Sketchbook". To date Tony has created over 200 TV commercials, 2 TV Specials, several Short Films and was responsible for the award-winning title sequence of "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" movie early in his career.
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