I need to keep the format the same, and also be able to see all individual clips and move them around/trim them in the workbar area in after effects just like what you can do in elements 11.
The only way out of Premiere Elements 11 is via export in video format (except for jpegs or audio under Publish+Share/Computer/Image or audio).
The video is whole, not in a project file (project.prel).
And, the Premiere Elements 11 project.prel does not appear to be an After Effects supported project format
Have you asked this question in the Adobe After Effects Forum regarding supported formats?