Cavite-born Filmmaker Wins Big at Oscars
Choose Philippines | Mar 01, 2016
In 2015, the Disney-Pixar film "Inside Out" had the biggest debut ever for an original after accumulating over $800 million in worldwide box office revenue. It brought to life the emotions of a young girl who's struggling to adjust to her new life in a new state. The movie was five years in the making but it was all worth it especially after the narrative won the title for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay in the recently concluded 88th Academy Awards. It didn't only get the nod of the Oscars jury but also positive notes from over 50 different organizations and associations around the world. Inside Out also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, the Best Animated Film title from the New York Film Critics Circle, and again for the 69th British Academy Film Awards, among others.
Behind this movie with a long list of accolades is a Filipino, Inside Out Co-director Ronnie del Carmen.
Del Carmen created the acclaimed blockbuster with Pete Docter who called his wingman as "Pixar's secret weapon" in an earlier interview with ABS-CBN News. The filmmaker is also responsible for other Pixar greats such as "Ratatouille," "Finding Nemo," and "Up."
Born and bred in Cavite, del Carmen shared that it was his experiences in the Philippines that inspired his creations in the movie industry. Who else can bring a lot of issues and struggles—always important in storytelling—to the table than a Filipino boy who has braved floods, studied during a blackout, and conquered Manila traffic?
His hometown is also an inspiration in itself. After all, Cavite is known as the "Historical Capital of the Philippines" and its component city, Tagaytay, is acclaimed for its picturesque and scenic views of Taal Lake. It has other attractions such as the time warp that is Corregidor Island, the natural wonder of Maragondon, and a number of trek sites, falls, and caves tucked between the hills of the province.
With all these natural beauty, long history, and rich culture, the Philippines is indeed one of the perfect training grounds for a budding artist. Ronnie del Carmen is a proof of that.
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