ANIMATION: Carmelo

Carmelo

8 min. 3D CG short film, 2000

Carmelo is based on the Aztec and Mayan belief that man will be judged not by the way he lives, but by the way he dies. Inspired by the festive Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), all the characters are wooden folk art dolls. The story is an original fable based on Mexican folklore and Spanish bullfighting. 


Story Synopsis: A Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) fable about the life of Carmelo, a young boy who dreams of becoming a great bullfighter to regain his family’s honor. A great bull gored Carmelo’s father, thus ending his days as a glorious matador. Young Carmelo sneaks out of his house in the middle of the night in order to bullfight and prove himself as his father’s son. He enters a bullring, as the moon and the stars come down to become the spectators. Under the moonlight, Carmelo has the greatest bullfight of his short but honorable life. Here’s the short film, don’t forget to check-out a collection of some frames in the dedicated Carmelo Gallery page.

 

© Jorge R. Gutierrez.

AWARDS / NOMINATIONS

This project was supported by grants from Intel, SGI, Softimage, Intergraph, Fox Feature Animation, F.O.N.C.A., CalArts and the National Arts Council of Mexico. 


Carmelo won first prize in the Computer Animation category of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences College Awards, and has been screened at various festivals around the world, including Kodak’s Emerging Filmmakers Program at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

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