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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.
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 Seth &
Maria 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's television work has won multiple Emmy & Telly Awards
for Best Animation & Direction.
has been invited by Pixar, DreamWorks, Disney Feature Animation Studios,
and many art schools around the world as a speaker on computer animation
Chen has served as the Animation Curator for the San Diego Asian Film
Foundation. In 2005, he was awarded
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
Art Institute of California
in San Diego.
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 Intíl 3D Award Copenhagen, Palm
Springs ShortFest, Barcelona ArtFutura, Savannah, Atlanta, Interfilm
Berlin Intí Shorts, Sarasota, SkipCity Japan Intíl D-Cinema, Seoul
Intíl Cartoon & Animation, Expresion En Corto Mexico, Portugal
Imago, No Words Italy Intíl Short, St.Louis Intíl, Montreal Intíl
Films on Art, etc.
2010-2012: 10 festival awards including: Best Animated Short Awards
at Anonimul Intíl Independent Romania, Boston Intíl, Seattle Intíl,
Umbria, Las Vegas, Big Bear Lake, In The Bin Short Australia, etc.
December 2010: A Labour of Love in 3D World Magazine
about the making of the animated film Amazonia.
September 2010: Rivet-ing in CGW Magazine about the
making of the animated film Amazonia.
1997: The Out Of Box Experience: Lessons Learned Creating
Compelling VRML 2.0 in VRML Ď97 Proceedings of the Second
Symposium on Virtual Reality Modeling Language paper.
2004: Recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Grant - Film & Video.