In the dangerous world of the Amazon Rainforest, finding a meal proves to be an impossible task for a little treefrog named Bounce. His luck changes when he meets Biggy, a blue-bellied treefrog who takes him under his wing and shows him the ways of the jungle in this animated journey set to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8.
A graduate of UCLA Computer Science & Engineering School, Sam Chen began his career as a computer graphics specialist at Silicon Graphics (Sgi) where he helped pioneer 3D content creation for the World Wide Web.
In 2000, Chen founded Aloha Animation Studio which has created many award-winning animated films. His animated biopic Eternal Gaze about artist sculptor Alberto Giacometti has screened in over 120 festivals worldwide, garnering over 35 festival awards including the Grand Prize at SIGGRAPH 2003 and was short-listed for the 2004 Academy Award. Chen's animated short Amazonia has screened in over 100 festivals worldwide, winning 15 festival awards and was invited to screen as part of the prestigious 2012 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Program which opened in 300 theaters. His most recent film Wanda & Obama went viral on the web and caught the attention of radio superstar Howard Stern who invited it to screen on his cable TV channel.
Chen has been invited by Pixar, DreamWorks, Disney Feature Animation Studios, and many art schools around the world as a speaker on computer animation filmmaking.
Since 2001, Chen has served as the Animation Curator for the San Diego Asian Film Foundation. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation & Tribeca Film Institute Fellowship. He is currently serving on the Advisory Board for Platt College School of Design and teaches college courses on character animation, digital cinematography & lighting, and CG filmmaking at The Art Institute of California in San Diego.
2013 Wanda & Obama (5:00), Computer Animation
2011 Seth & Maria (4:30), Computer Animation
2010 Amazonia (4:50), Computer Animation
2005 The Making of Eternal Gaze (60:00), Documentary
2003 Eternal Gaze (16:00), Computer Animation
2000 Cat Ciao (4:30), Computer Animation
1999 Sgi to the IMAX (5:00), IMAX 70mm Computer Animation
1999 Piccolo's Encore (3:00), Computer Animation
1998 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (60:00), Feature Documentary
1998 Heart of the Amazon Adventure (60:00), Feature Documentary
2003-2005: 35 festival awards including: Grand Prize SIGGRAPH 2003, Best Animated Short Awards at Int’l 3D Award Copenhagen, Palm Springs ShortFest, Barcelona ArtFutura, Savannah, Atlanta, Interfilm Berlin Int’ Shorts, Sarasota, SkipCity Japan Int’l D-Cinema, Seoul Int’l Cartoon & Animation, Expresion En Corto Mexico, Portugal Imago, No Words Italy Int’l Short, St.Louis Int’l, Montreal Int’l Films on Art, etc.
2010-2012: 15 festival awards including: Best Animated Short Awards at Anonimul Int’l Independent Romania, Boston Int’l, Seattle Int’l, Umbria, Las Vegas, Big Bear Lake, In The Bin Short Australia, etc.