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Freshi Film Camp A Blast for Child Animator/Filmmaker Perry Chen

Published on: 22nd August, 2011

Perry Chen with fellow Freshi Film Camp students & instructors at graduation (Back Roll: Instructor Kevin, Calvin, Davie, Amy, Frances, instructor Kerry, Zhiyi. Front roll: Leslie, Keno, Perry, Yuanjia) (photo by Zhu Shen)



Child film critic, animator Perry Chen had a blast at the Freshi Film Camp for kids in Burbank, CA, and learned to make live-action short with his teammates in a fun-filled environment, under the instruction  of two experienced filmmakers Kevin and Kerry.

Perry Chen with 3 mimes (Yuanjia, Frances, Zhiyi) during a mock-shooting (photo by Zhu Shen)

During the 5-day camp, the kids learned to develop a storyboard, refine the story, act, direct, shoot the scenes with a professional camera, find music to match the story, and edit the film.  Perry’s team came up with the story “The Life of a Business Man,” about a worker (played by Perry Chen) whom everybody picks on at work, and one day when he gets a new apartment, he unexpectedly discovers the secret to happiness.  The 6-min short has no dialog, so the filmmakers had to rely on communicating with the actors’ body language and music to tell the story, quite a challenge!

Perry’s team (Frances, Yuanjia, and Zhiyi) enlisted the help of the other team during the shooting, Calvin, Davie, Amy, Leslie, Keno all played supporting roles to enrich the story.  It was a “Perrific!” team effort indeed.

Perry and teammates working on edits while a Japanese group shot videos (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen enjoying lunch with Freshi Film camp students (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen with fellow Freshi Film Camp students (Zhiyi, Leslie, Calvin, Davie, Amy) (photo by Zhu Shen)

At the graduation on Friday Aug 19, 2011, parents are invited to watch the final cut played on the big screen with all students, instructors, and film camp founders Chris & Suzanne Shoemaker, Patte Dee McKee, who asked questions and provided excellent feedback.  The two student films “The Cubicle” and “Life of a Business Man” got enthusiastic response from the audience!  Laughter erupted again and again throughout the films.

Perry Chen doing mime demo with teammates Frances, Zhiyi, Yuanjia at graduation (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen showing certificate with Freshi Film Camp founders Chris & Suzanne Shoemaker at graduation (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen enjoying his certificate at Freshi Film Camp graduation (photo by Zhu Shen)

Through the Freshi Film Camp, Perry made a lot of friends and learned from others about filmmaking.  One of his teammates, Frances Eames Noland, is a 14-yr-old filmmaker who has made many shorts and some feature films.  Her experience in editing, camera work, and finding good music came in handy for the team.  One of her films won an award at the International Family Film Festival.  Perry looks forward to staying in touch with all his new friends and checking out their new films in the future!


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Perry Chen started reviewing movies and family-friendly entertainment with his unique, kids-friendly starfish rating system at 8 in third grade.  He writes movie reviews for the San Diego Union Tribune, Animation World Network (AWN); Amazing Kids!, and his own Perry’s Previews website, with a combined readership of over 2 million.  He became a national sensation with his network TV debut on CBS Evening News as the youngest film critic in 2009 and has since appeared on numerous national and international media, including NPR, CNN, Variety, the Guardian, spoke at a TEDx conference, and presented at Annie Awards for Animation.

Perry won a prestigious “San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Award” in 2010 and is the youngest honoree of Cox Communications’ annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  He regularly interviews filmmakers and stars on the red carpet and film events.  Perry started drawing when he was three, and frequently gets inspiration from nature. He has won numerous art awards and started learning computer animation using Toon Boom Studio software in November 2010.  His animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” in collaboration with Oscar-nominee Bill Plympton premiered at LA Shorts Fest and Comic-Con in July 2011, and received rave reviews from filmmakers, animators, and the Holocaust education community nationwide.

More info:

(Press Release: Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest to premiere at LA Shorts Fest & Comic-Con)

(testimonials & endorsements for Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest)

For press or business inquires, contact Zhu Shen, Producer, Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest


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