5th-grade award-winning film critic, animator, entertainment personality Perry Chen is the youngest of 75 animators who created “Guard Dog Global Jam,” which will have its Los Angeles Premiere at the New Media Film Festival on May 20, 2011 in Hollywood. Perry Chen will attend the red carpet premiere and audience Q&A on May 20 as the film opens the festival. “Guard Dog Global Jam” is based on Bill Plympton’s Oscar-nominated “Guard Dog.” It won “Best Experimental Film” at the ASIFA-EAST Animation Festival in May 2011. Other animators who plan to attend the May 20 LA premiere include: Grey Wears, Una Marzorati, Jessica Bayliss, Linda Lee, Ansar Sattar & Larry Loc.
May 13, 2011 – In 2010, renowned animation master Bill Plympton decided to remake via the internet his 2005 wildly popular Oscar-nominated animated short, “Guard Dog” about an over-protective pug who imagines every flora and fauna is out to kill his beloved master. Perry Chen is among over 70 artists from around the world invited to make “Guard Dog Global Jam,” each with different levels of expertise, recreating each shot of the film in their own style. The global team represents animators from Canada, the UK, Scotland, Ireland, France, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Argentina, the U.S., and beyond. The film has been a great hit with audiences at film festivals.
Plympton is the storyboard artist on “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” an animation short about a young Holocaust survivor, in collaboration with Perry Chen, the sole animator of this film, sponsored by Toon Boom Animation, the leading 2D animation software company; and Wacom, the leading computer tablet company for the animation industry. “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” will premiere at Comic-Con in San Diego, July 2011, and has received rave reviews from filmmakers, animators, and the Holocaust education community.
(Perry Chen’s scene 41 for “Guard Dog Global Jam”)
In November 2010, Perry created scene 41 (bull thinks of hamburger) in “Guard Dog Global Jam” using Toon Boom Studio 5.0 and Wacom Intuos when he was 10 years old. “I am looking forward to our film’s Los Angeles premiere at the New Media Film Festival and meeting fellow jammers in person. I have learned so much about create animation using Toon Boom software for this film. It is magical to see things moving on the computer screen from my own creation.” said Perry. “I created 35 drawings on my computer for the 7-second scene 41 by watching Bill Plympton’s original Guard Dog again and again. With my mom’s help, the help of Toon Boom’s wonderful technical support team and other local animators, I was able to finish the scene within one month. The best part is to make friends with other animators, and finally getting an original drawing by Bill Plympton of my scene 41 in the mail!”
About New Media Film Festival, May 20-21, 2011, Los Angeles:
The annual New Media Film Festival held in Los Angeles during the month of May features the best creative content crossing screens from silver to mobile. It has been called “Sundance for the Facebook crowd.”
http://www.vimeo.com/20252572  (Guard Dog Global Jam video clip)
Perry Chen has been reviewing movies since he was 8 in third grade. He is also a young animator, collaborating with Oscar-nominated Bill Plympton. He was among 75 animators around the world to animate Plympton's "Guard Dog Global Jam" based on the Oscar-nominated "Guard Dog." "Guard Dog Global Jam" premiered at SXSW film festival in March 2011.
Perry is the youngest winner of San Diego Press Club 2010 Excellence in Journalism awards for his movie review, and was featured in “The Young Icons” TV show. He reviews G/PG-rated movies for the San Diego Union Tribune and San Diego Entertainer Magazine with over 1 million readers combined. Perry is also the resident film critic for Amazing Kids, a non-profit organization with kids-generated content on its monthly magazine with about 1 million readers. He was featured as "Amazing Kid of the Month" in Feb 2011:
Perry regularly covers red carpet premieres, press junkets, film festivals and awards, interviewing Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning directors and producers. He was the first child film critic invited to present at the Annie Awards for animation in 2010, and was featured on Variety for being one of the leading young film critics:
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