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Teen Film Critic/Animator Perry Chen Meeting Fellow Animation Filmmakers at 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards

Published on: 4th March, 2015


Perry S. Chen on the red carpet at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards in Beverly Hills (photo by Zhu Shen)

Teen Film Critic/Animator Perry Chen Meeting Fellow Animation Filmmakers at 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards

February 22, 2015

The 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards honoring all Oscar-nominated shorts filmmakers was a blast! It was held on Saturday, February 21, 2015, the night before the Oscars at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.  Award-winning teen film critic and animator Perry S. Chen attended the event with his mom/producer Dr. Zhu Shen for the 4th year, hosted by ShortsHD, the leading short film entertainment distributor which distributes all Oscar-nominated shorts theatrically worldwide.  Perry’s first animation short about a young Holocaust survivor, “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” in collaboration with animation legend, two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, produced by Zhu Shen, was a 2012 Oscar-qualifying short and distributed by ShortsHD as well. Perry had interviewed the directors of all five Oscar-nominated animation shorts in 2014 by Skype, email, and in person, and looked forward to meeting many of them in person at the event. Perry’s review and director interviews, Oscar predictions:

http://www.perryspreviews.com/?p=4612

Perry S. Chen with his mom/Producer Dr. Zhu Shen at 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards in Beverly Hills

Perry and Zhu arrived at the Beverly Hills venue, and admired the “Golden Couple”, two performers dressed as Oscar statues posing with people. Zhu would not let this golden opportunity pass by without posing for a photo!

Zhu Shen posing with the “Golden Couple” at 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards (photo by Perry S. Chen)

Perry and Zhu soon met “The Dam Keeper” co-director Robert Kondo again after seeing him at the Annie Awards, and producer Megan Bartel. Perry was thrilled to get another drawing from Robert and chat with him about the art of animation.

Perry Chen with “The Dam Keeper” co-director Robert Kondo (R) and producer Megan Bartel (L) at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen sharing a smile with “The Dam Keeper” co-director Robert Kondo while he is drawing for Perry at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Zhu Shen)

Zhu Shen with “The Dam Keeper” co-director Robert Kondo (R) and producer Megan Bartel (L) at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Perry S. Chen)

“The Dam Keeper” co-director Robert Kondo (R) and producer Megan Bartel (L) interviewed on the red carpet at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry and Zhu met the British director Daisy Jacobs and co-animator Chris Wilder who made the stop-motion animation “The Bigger Picture”. They were two recent graduates from the National Film and Television School in the U.K. Daisy and Chris were excited to achieved their Kickstarter campaign fundraising goal for making their next life-size animation film.

Perry Chen giving two thumbs up to the drawing by “The Bigger Picture” director Daisy Jacobs and animator Chris Wilder at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Zhu Shen)

Zhu Shen (M) holding drawings from “The Bigger Picture” director Daisy Jacobs (R) and animator Chris Wilder (L) at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Perry S. Chen)

Perry S. Chen watching  “The Bigger Picture” director Daisy Jacobs (L) and animator Chris Wilder (R) draw for him at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen with “The Bigger Picture” director Daisy Jacobs and her drawings for him at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Zhu Shen)

“The Bigger Picture” director Daisy Jacobs and animator Chris Wilder dancing away at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry met “A Single Life” creators Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins, and Marieke Blaauw from the Netherlands for the first time, and enjoyed lively conversation and getting a drawing from Job too! The three were friends at school and worked together ever since. Joris and Marieke are married to each other.

Perry Chen chatting with “A Single Life” animators Joris Oprins (L) and Marieke Blaauw (M), creators of “A Single Life” at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry watching Job Roggeveen drawing for him at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen getting a drawing from Job Roggeveen (R), Joris Oprins (M) and Marieke Blaauw (L), creators of “A Single Life” at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry and Zhu also got caught up with ShortsHD’s Linda Olszewski. whom they worked with on the “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” worldwide distribution in 2011, and had since become a dear friend.

Perry S. Chen with ShortsHD’s Linda Olszewski (R) at 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Zhu Shen)

Zhu Shen (M) with ShortsHD’s Linda Olszewski (R) at 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards hosted by ShortsHD (photo by Perry S. Chen)

ShortsHD CEO Carter Pilcher, a passionate short film advocate, presented at the Oscar Shorts Awards. He said that this year, ShortsHD’s theatrical release for the Oscar-nominated shorts broke new box office record, indicating the public’s increasing awareness and enjoyment of short films as a unique art form.

ShortsHD CEO Carter Pilcher presenting 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Attendees and nominees at 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen at the 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen catching up with old friend David Derks at 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Zhu Shen with David Magdael (R), publicist representing a nominated documentary short at 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards (photo by Perry S. Chen)

Zhu Shen getting drinks at 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards (photo by Perry S. Chen)

Michael Jackson statue at the Paley Center for Media, venue of 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards in Beverly Hills (photo by Zhu Shen)

The 2015 Oscar Shorts Awards was a smashing success, a perfect prelude to the Oscars the next day!

Copyright 2015 by Perry S. Chen

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About Perry Chen:

Perry S. Chen is a 14-year-old award-winning child critic, artist, animator, TEDx speaker, and entertainment personality, currently in 8th grade from San Diego.  He started reviewing movies at age 8 in 3rd grade using a kid-friendly starfish rating system, and has been featured in CBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, CCTV (China Central Television), Variety, Animation Magazine, The Young Icons, 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, San Diego Union Tribune, Amazing Kids! Magazine, and his own Perry’s Previews blog, as well as restaurant reviews for DiningOut San Diego Magazine and San Diego Entertainer. He won the San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2013 for his movie and restaurant reviews.

Perry is currently writing, animating, and directing his most personal film to date, “Changyou’s Journey,” produced by his mom Dr. Zhu Shen, about his beloved father Dr. Changyou Chen, a cancer researcher who passed away in July 2012 from terminal cancer after a long, brave battle, please watch trailer and donate to support Perry’s animation film:

www.perryspreviews.com

Perry won an “Excellence in Journalism Award” from San Diego Press Club in 2010 and 2011 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, awards, and film festivals, interviewing prominent directors from such films as Toy Story 3, Up, How to Train Your Dragon.  He was a presenter at the 2010 Annie Awards for Animation in Hollywood.  Perry and his mom Dr. Zhu Shen are featured in a new book about parenting and youth entrepreneurship, “The Parent’s Guide to Raising CEO Kids,” published in Aug 2011.

Perry’s first animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” in collaboration with animation legend Bill Plympton, won multiple film festival awards and has been screened at over 30 international film festivals, now available on iTunes. More info: http://ingridpitt.co.uk

Watch “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” on iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/ingrid-pitt-beyond-the-forest/id554607718

Watch Perry on “Live Life & Win” national TV show:

http://vimeo.com/51042736

Become a fan on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/ingridpittanimation (Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest official FB page)

http://www.facebook.com/perryspreviewsfan (Perry’s Previews fan page)

Subscribe to Perry’s YouTube channel and watch his filmmaker interviews:

http://www.youtube.com/perryspreviews

Follow his tweets: http://twitter.com/perryspreviews

For business inquiries about Perry Chen, his animation films, movie reviews, contact Dr. Zhu Shen, cc0218 at gmail dot com

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