By ANCX Staff / news.abs-cbn.com
After three decades of a successful career as animation writer, story artist, story supervisor, and director for film production companies Warner Bros., Pixar, and Dreamworks, Ronnie del Carmen has moved to Netflix for bigger things.
The Filipino Del Carmen, who was co-director and screenwriter of the Oscar-winning animated feature film “Inside Out,” has signed an exclusive deal with the world’s biggest streaming platform and production company to direct films and series featuring Philippine lore and mythology. The veteran animator will also serve as consultant for other Netflix animated projects, animation news website Cartoon Brew revealed.
The Cavite-born creative has always believed Filipino stories are worthy of the international spotlight. “My story starts in a group of islands, in a region that I’ve now traveled back to many times over,” he shared in his interview with the website. “Each time I wish I could stay and relearn what I missed… So on this new journey, I go where these stories will thrive. I carried these tales to Netflix, and when they heard my story they asked me to tell it here.”
The University of Sto. Tomas Fine Arts graduate has indeed come a long way—from his first stint as a painter on the set of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” to becoming a storyboard artist and character designer on Warner Bros. “Animation’s Batman: The Animated Series,” to having writing roles in DreamWorks Animation and Pixar productions “The Prince of Egypt,” “Finding Nemo,” “Up,” and “Toy Story 4.”