Ronnie del Carmen
Ronnie del Carmen
del Carmen in August 2014
Ronaldo del Carmen
December 31, 1959
|Alma mater||University of Santo Tomas|
|Occupation||Writer, director, storyboard artist, designer, illustrator|
|Employer||DreamWorks Animation (1997–2000) |
Pixar Animation Studios (2000–2020)
Ronnie del Carmen (born December 31, 1959) is a Filipino animation writer, director, story artist, story supervisor and production designer. He co-directed and was one of the story writers for the 2015 Pixar film Inside Out, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He was the story supervisor on Pixar's tenth full-length computer-animated film, Up and directed its accompanying short film, Dug's Special Mission.
Early life and education
Del Carmen was born in the city of Cavite in the Philippines. After high school, he worked as a painter on the set of Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film Apocalypse Now, which was filming in the Philippines. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising.
After college, Del Carmen worked as an art director for print and television advertising campaigns before moving to the United States in 1989 to pursue a career in film. He worked for Warner Bros as a storyboard artist on Batman: The Animated Series, and as a story supervisor for DreamWorks on The Prince of Egypt (1998), The Road to El Dorado (2000), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003). He joined Pixar Animation Studios in 2000, working as story supervisor on Finding Nemo (2003), production designer on the Academy Award-nominated short film One Man Band (2005), storyboard artist on Ratatouille (2007) and WALL-E (2008), and story supervisor on Up (2009). He made his directorial debut with the animated short film Dug's Special Mission (2009), which accompanied Up on its DVD and Blu-ray release. He co-directed the 3D computer animated comedy Inside Out with Pete Docter. The film premiered at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2015. Del Carmen left Pixar in August 2020 and is currently directing and writing an original unannounced animated feature at Netflix.
Del Carmen has illustrated several comic books, including Batman Adventures: Holiday Special, which won an Eisner Award for Best Single Issue in 1995, and the children's book My Name Is Dug, written by Kiki Thorpe. He has also written several comic books, including the Paper Biscuit series and And There You Are.
|1993||Batman: Mask of the Phantasm||No||No||No||Yes||No||Storyboard Designer|
|1998||The Prince of Egypt||No||No||No||Yes||No|
|2000||The Road to El Dorado||No||No||Yes||No||No||Artistic Supervisor - Story|
|Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker||No||No||No||Yes||No||Direct-to-video|
|2002||Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron||No||No||Yes||No||No||Artistic Supervisor - Story|
|Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas||No||No||No||Additional||No|
|2009||Up||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||Additional Screenplay Material|
|2015||Inside Out||Co-Director||Original Story||No||No||Yes||Additional Voices|
|2017||Coco||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Senior Creative Team|
|2019||Toy Story 4||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|2020||Soul||No||No||No||No||Yes||Voice of Windstar, Additional Story Contributions|
|2005||One Man Band||No||No||Yes||No|
|Dug's Special Mission||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|1990||Widget, the World Watcher||Storyboard artist|
|1991||Where's Waldo?||Storyboard artist|
|1992–95||Batman: The Animated Series||Storyboard artist, character designer|
|1993–94||Mighty Max||Character designer|
|2019||Smash and Grab||Brian Larsen's Story Brain Trust|
- Paper Biscuit (Half Life, 2003), writer, illustrator
- Paper Biscuit One Point Five (2003), writer, illustrator
- Batman: Black and White, Vol. 2 (DC Comics, 2003), illustrator
- Paper Biscuit 2 (2004), writer, illustrator
- Project: Superior (AdHouse Books, 2005), illustrator
- Three Trees Make a Forest (Gingko Press, 2006), illustrator
- My Name is Dug (Disney Press, 2009), illustrator
- And There You Are (AdHouse Books, 2009), writer, illustrator
Awards and nominations
- Eisner Award, Best Single Issue, Batman Adventures Holiday Special (with Paul Dini and Bruce Timm), 1995
- Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Special Class Animated Program: Director, Freakazoid, 1996
- Annie Award, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 2003
- Annie Award Nomination, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production, WALL-E, 2009
- Annie Award Nomination, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production, Up, 2010
- National Cartoonists Society, Animated Feature Division Award, Up, 2010
- Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay Nomination, Inside Out (with Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley), 2015
- Janet R. Nepales, “Spotlight on Filipino Co-director Ronnie Del Carmen and His Much-talked-about Pixar Film, ‘Inside Out’,” Golden Globes, May 2015.
- Jeramie Noyer, “Up: rising with Story Artist and Dug's Special Mission's Director Ronnie del Carmen!” Animated Views, November 26, 2009.
- “Ronnie del Carmen,” Pixar Talk. Accessed July 12, 2015.
- Ramin Zahed, “A Dug's Life: Ronnie del Carmen Chats About His New Pixar Short,” Animation Magazine, November 6, 2009.
- Chris Arrant, “Pixar & Comics – Ronnie del Carmen on ‘And There You Are’,” Newsarama.com, March 18, 2009.
- Ruben V. Nepales, “Cavite-born UST alum co-directs Pixar film”, Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 3, 2011.
- Sciretta, Peter (August 20, 2011). "Pete Docter To Direct Pixar Movie Set Inside The Mind (D23 Expo)". SlashFilm. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- Dickey, Josh (April 24, 2012). "Pixar announces Latin-themed feature". Variety. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
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