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Press Release: Leading creative tablet company Wacom sponsors award-winning teen animator Perry Chen’s new film about his late father

Published on: 14th April, 2014

Perry Chen Using Sponsor Wacom's wireless Cintiq Companion (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen Using Sponsor Wacom’s wireless Cintiq Companion (photo by Zhu Shen)

Leading creative tablet company Wacom sponsors award-winning teen animator Perry Chen’s new film about his late father
Press Release                                                               December 16, 2013

San Diego, California

Wacom, a worldwide leader in pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface solutions for digital art, films, fashion and designs industries, has become a new sponsor to Perry S. Chen, a 13-year-old award-winning animator in 8th grade from San Diego, and his mother and producer Dr. Zhu Shen, becoming animation and digital art industry’s second corporate sponsor to Perry and Zhu’s new and most personal animation film “Changyou’s Journey,” about Dr. Changyou Chen, Perry’s father, a biotech CEO and cancer drug researcher, who lost his brave fight against metastatic skin cancer in 2012 at the age of 49.  Perry and Zhu received Wacom’s state of the art Cintiq Companion wireless creative tablet to be used in creating “Changyou’s Journey.”

Perry and Zhu started their first collaboration with Wacom in 2010 when Perry was animating his first short film, “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” in collaboration with animation legend, two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, about a young Holocaust survivor.  Wacom, along with Toon Boom Animation, became the first two corporate sponsors by providing a Wacom Intuos tablet and technical support to Perry and Zhu.  Perry used Wacom Intuos tablet and Toon Boom Studio 7.0 to create the 6 minute film which went on to win multiple film festival awards in the U.S., screened at over 30 film festivals around the world, featured as a bonus film at the 2011 Animation Show of Shows, and was an Oscar-qualifying film in 2011.

Perry and Zhu were invited to present the film at DreamWorks Animation, introduced by Oscar-nominated “How to Train Your Dragon” co-director Dean DeBlois in December 2011. The film is distributed by Shorts International, the world’s leading short movie entertainment company with the globe’s largest catalog dedicated to short movies, and distributor of Oscar-nominated shorts. “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” is now available on iTunes in 54 countries.  Perry was also an animator for the award-winning “Guard Dog Global Jam” (directed by Bill Plympton based on his Oscar-nominated “Guard Dog”), and “The Namazu” along with other collaborating animators in 2010 and 2012. “Changyou’s Journey” is Perry’s 4th animation film.

“Wacom has been a wonderful sponsor and supporter to my animation films for years,” said Perry Chen.  “I have been wishing and dreaming for a Cintiq tablet, Wacom’s high-end professional tablet, ever since I saw it and drew on it at the 2010 Comic-Con.  The Cintiq Companion is the BEST holiday gift ever and definitely worth the wait!  It is such a beautiful machine that allows me to create art and animation on the go with full computer capabilities. I look forward to making ‘Changyou’s Journey” using the Cintiq Companion during this holiday break.”

Perry Chen animation demo with Wacom Intuos and Toon Boom Studio at Aaron Brothers (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen animation demo with Wacom Intuos and Toon Boom Studio at Aaron Brothers (photo by Zhu Shen)

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Perry Chen animation demo with Wacom Intuos tablet and Toom Boom Studio software at Aaron Brothers San Diego (photo by Zhu Shen)

“Perry has made wonderful progress since his early days of learning to animate in 2010,” said Zhu Shen, Producer of “Changyou’s Journey.”  “We are so grateful to Wacom’s to support Perry’s artistic endeavors in animation, and look forward to many years of great partnership ahead.  We also appreciate continued support from many friends and colleagues in and outside of the film and animation industry both in the U.S. and China in our own journey of making ‘Changyou’s Journey.’”

“Changyou grew up in China in an impoverished mountain village in Ningguo, Anhui, becoming the first person ever to leave that village and go to college.  He was a brilliant scientist with a passion for biomedical research, and pursued his graduate education in the U.S., before returning back to China as an entrepreneur and biotech CEO. Changyou’s dream was one day developing powerful cancer therapeutics to benefit patients around the world.  In making our film ‘Changyou’s Journey,’ we hope to inspire all who have experienced great joy and loss in their lives, who have loved and lived a life of purpose and pursued their dreams.  The film is also our way to give back to the community of care and those who have touched our lives in many ways.  The journey will go on.”

Upon learning that Changyou had only two weeks to live, Perry decided to start making an animated film “Changyou’s Journey,” about his dad’s life, to give him hope to live, something to look forward to each day, and to honor his legacy.  Perry worked hard day and night, showing new scenes at the end of each day to his dad.  Changyou was profoundly moved and delighted to see the first 8 scenes of this film, which were presented as a trailer at Perry and Zhu’s Comic-Con Panel on July 15, 2012 to an enthusiastic audience.  The film started when Changyou was a young boy growing up in the Chinese countryside.  During a recent visit to China, Perry saw the childhood home of his dad, and interviewed his grandmother, relatives, Changyou’s teacher, friends and colleagues about his dad’s childhood and career.

“Changyou’s Journey” is currently in production.  The film will be made with Toon Boom Animate 3, and Toon Boom StoryboardPro software and Wacom Cintiq Companion, both companies have been sponsors of this and other animation films by Perry Chen.  Additional Corporate sponsorship and private donation of any amount are greatly appreciated.  All donors’ names will appear at “Changyou’s Journey” film’s end credits.  Visit and contact Dr. Zhu Shen for additional benefits to donors. Email:,  858-761-7955.
Watch trailer:
Donation link and background info about “Changyou’s Journey:” (donation link)

About Perry S. Chen:

Perry S. Chen is a 13-year-old award-winning animator, renowned film and entertainment critic, artist, TEDx speaker, and entertainment personality, currently in 8th grade from San Diego. Information about his awards-winning first animation “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest:” (Official film website)

Perry started reviewing movies at age 8 in 3rd grade using a kid-friendly starfish rating system, and became a national sensation when he debuted on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric as the youngest film critic in the country in May 2009.  He has since been featured in numerous regional, national and international media, including NPR, NBC, ABC, Fox, CNN, CCTV (China Central Television), Variety, Animation Magazine, The Young Icons, Live Life & Win, The Guardian, The China Press, etc.  He was a presenter at the 2010 Annie Awards for Animation, and has written movie reviews for Animation World Network (AWN), San Diego Union Tribune, Amazing Kids! Magazine, and his own Perry’s Previews blog:

Perry won an “Excellence in Journalism Award” from San Diego Press Club in 2010, 2011, and 2013 for his movie and restaurant reviews, an “Excellence Writer Award” from “We Chinese in America” Magazine in 2010 for his movie review column. Perry is widely recognized as an authoritative spokesperson about movies for his generation, and appears frequently at red carpet movie premieres, press junkets, awards, and film festivals, interviewing prominent directors from such films as Wreck-it Ralph, Toy Story 3, Up, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2.  Perry and his producer mom Dr. Zhu Shen are featured in a book about parenting and youth entrepreneurship, “The Parent’s Guide to Raising CEO Kids,” published in Aug 2011.

For information about Perry Chen, media inquiries, and sponsorship opportunities for the animation short “Changyou’s Journey,” contact Dr. Zhu Shen, executive producer, “Changyou’s Journey,” email:,  858-761-7955.
For Perry Chen’s movie reviews, film project updates, visit:

Become a fan on Facebook: (Perry’s Previews fan page) (Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest official FB page)

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About Wacom

Founded in 1983, Wacom is the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface solutions. Wacom is a global company based in Japan with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. Wacom also supports designers and creators by organizing/participating in various activities to nurture new talents.

Wacom provides tools and instruments that let people express their creativity as fluently in the digital world as they would with ink on paper, paint on canvas, light in a darkroom or editing suite. Our enthusiasm for creativity overflows from the professional sphere to provide the tools and inspiration for anyone on their creativity journey, whether just starting out or well on the way. Together we celebrate and explore the human spirit of creativity and what that can achieve in the world around us.

About Cintiq Companion

The Cintiq Companion combines the immersive, on-screen creative experience of a Cintiq creative pen display with the mobility of a high-performance Windows 8 creative tablet – giving you the power to produce professional results from anywhere.

Everything you need to create is packed into this powerful mobile workstation, including a pressure-sensitive pen, multi-touch control and a high-performance Windows 8 computer. Work with your full-featured creative software wherever your inspiration takes you.

With 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt recognition, and a new, more comfortable ergonomic design, the Pro Pen provides precise control and a better feel than ever. Its compact carrying case also includes storage for extra nibs
and rings.  For information about Wacom, visit


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