La Triste Historia

La Triste Historia

Client: Houston Symphony

Inspired by Dia de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead - this 36 minute abstract animation featured as part of a multimedia concert experience commissioned by the Houston Symphony.  

Renowned Mexican composer Juan Trigos scored an evocative orchestral work which was performed alongside the fantastical animated film. The story, written by Oscar nominated producer Ben Young Mason, follows the tragic and dreamlike tale of two young lovers, set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, culminating in the celebration of the Day of the Dead. 

As Art Director, Graham Carter worked closely with Director Simon Armstrong, adding his illustrative flair to the world and the spiritual characters that percolate the film. Simon designed the central characters in a way that celebrated the festivals Mayan routes - to find out more click the links to the design and development blogs below.

Credits:  
Story and Project Producer:         Ben Young Mason
Project Executive Producer: Duncan Copp
Direction: Simon Armstrong
Art Direction: Graham Carter
Lead Compositing: Jun Iwakawa
Lead 3D Animation: James Hickay
Lead 2D Animation: Brook Morgan
Music composer: Juan Trigos

  • Animation
  • Design
  • Editing
  • Production

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'La Triste Historia was a complex project – Simon and the team did an outstanding job delivering an animation which exceeded our expectations'

Duncan Copp - Executive Producer

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'Such a wonderful tale of life and death, war and love, magic and faith. The multi-media experience ... embodied the true spirit of El Dia de Los Muertos, not for profit, but for honor and respect, which is something this world certainly needs.' 

Marco Torres - Houston Press

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'We wanted to create something that people could paint their own emotions into.'

Simon - Director

Spiritual Beings

Spiritual Beings

Find out about how we designed the Nagual spirits and the deathly elements of the film...

The Day Of The Dead

The Day Of The Dead

Delve in and discover some of the artwork behind the finished piece...

The Colour of Death

The Colour of Death

Learn more about how death and colour combine for the day of the dead...

The Storyboard

The Storyboard

Graham did it again with this gorgeous story/colour board...

The Mayan Influence

The Mayan Influence

The Mayan and Aztec cultures influenced more than just our film...