The Story of Up
Title:The Story of Up
Sponsored by Pixar
Ronnie del Carmen joined Pixar Animation Studios in the summer of 2000 during the production of Finding Nemo as a story supervisor on the film. He did production design on the Academy Award-nominated short film, One Man Band and story work on Oscar-winning, Ratatouille. Del Carmen was Head of Story on Disney•Pixar’s most recent Academy Award winning feature, Up and is currently working on a future Pixar project.
Del Carmen also made his directorial debut with the short film Dug’s Special Mission released on the Up DVD and Blu-Ray. In addition to his work on feature and short films he contributed his artistic talents to the illustrating the children’s book, My Name is Dug, written by Kiki Thorpe.
Growing up in the Philippines, Del Carmen fell in love with animation at an early age, watching cartoons religiously — especially the Wonderful World of Color. Particularly, he adored Donald Duck. He loved everything about this quirky character with a goofy, fiery temper. Fantasia, Dumbo and the other Disney movies fueled a need for more. His interest in animation led to art and films. Influenced by a grab bag of things: Carl Barks comics, monster and sci-fi films, Alfred Hitchcock and David Lean films, illustrators, graphic designers and artists such as Bill Peet, Ollie Johnston and Mary Blair. He even lucked out on a job as a painter on the set of Apocalypse Now, filming on location, at the young age of fifteen.
Del Carmen attended the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising. He went on to work as an art director for print and television campaigns in the advertising industry, but knew his heart remained in filmmaking. Ronnie moved to the United States in 1989 and served as a storyboard artist for Batman: The Animated Series and then worked for DreamWorks, as a story supervisor. Occasionally he would dabble in comic book work for DC, Marvel and Dark Horse and even still self-publishes his own.