The past 3 of October, within the framework of the first day of the Expo and Congress TecnoTelevisión & Radio, was awarded the 2018 version of the TecnoTelevisión University Competition.

Richard St.

Curupira, the audiovisual piece presented by Isabel Gómez, Graphic Design student at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana de Medellín, received the majority of the votes of the TecnoTelevisión University Competition and was the winner of this contest at 2018.

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The synopsis of this short film describes it as: "Curupira carries out his daily activities in the jungle, maintains order. And the activity of it, both for animals and plants. However, there comes a surprise day in which the city has invaded the jungle, a city full of chaos, hatred, technology and contamination; unfortunately La Curupira has been trapped in the concrete city while its jungle waits for her underneath it. It does not take long to realize that its place, the jungle, must be above again, and thus it organizes revenge. "

In conversation with TVyVideo + Radio, Isabel Gómez stressed that the idea of ​​the short film came from the intention of doing an audiovisual work that was related to the mistreatment towards naturalization. Investigating and going to the roots, they came to the Amazon and the spirit of the forest called La Curupira, which takes care of the jungle and punishes all those who do not know how to treat it.

"We wanted to work on this issue because at this moment it is very important and we are very motivated by the environment. After the development of the story, we gathered the whole group to make the script, the storyboard and the animatic. To make the scenes we divided the project according to the skills of each one, illustration, animation, special effects, and we had an external participant who was in charge of the music, "said Isabel Gómez.

The winning group of the TecnoTelevisión University Competition 2018 was composed of 4 members: María Camila Arroyave, producer and animator; María Camila Ortega, illustrator; Luis Eduardo Bler, animator; and Isabel Gómez, general director, of art and illustrator and animator.

All are undergraduate students of Graphic Design at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín. The work was done for the animation module. It is a group that stands out for being very diverse and having an interest in the audiovisual theme, animation and illustration.

According to Isabel Gómez, the project was carried out between March and June of 2018. When they finished, they met the call for the Contest and decided to participate. After being finalists, they went to family, friends and social networks to promote the vote. They also had the support of the University, which helped in the dissemination.

"Promoting the vote, we were showing the short film, because our intention was also for people to watch the video." It was very gratifying because the message of the short came to many people: nature has its rights and she claims them, "she said.

Isabel Gómez was present in Bogotá and received the award from the sponsors of the Contest:

  • Jonathan Valderrama delivered the Panasonic AG-UX90 Camera
  • Rick Fernández, representing E-Image, delivered the EG03AA Tripod
  • José María Noriega, Jorge Caicedo and Juan Balcero, delivered the luminaire G6LCNT163 from Fluotec

The director of the short film pointed out that with the production kit that they received when they won the TecnoTelevisión University Competition, they are interested in exploring the mixes they can make between animation and the audiovisual, taking advantage of the different talents within the winning group. He assured that "There are very interesting things that can be achieved with the equipment plus graphic knowledge".

Richard St.
Author: Richard St.
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.



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