A South African filmmaker, Carlos Carvalho lost his life after a severe head injury received while encountering with a giraffe. South African film crew agency, ‘CallaCrew’ announced the news of his demise through a message published to Facebook.
It is with a very sad heart that we have to announce the passing of Carlos Carvalho, one of our favourite DOP’s….
Caption: Carlos Cravalho died at the age of 47 after being hit by a giraffe.
Flown to the Mil Park hospital in Johannesburg, the filmmaker succumbed to his injuries. Carlos crushed his skull by the Giraffe’s horn known as ossicones. According to The SUN, Carlos was shooting scenes at a British expat’s game farm. A giraffe called, Gerald swung its neck and hit him on his head. A member of the film crew, Drikus Van Der Merwe told,
“[The animal] started chasing the boom swinger who joined our unit. The giraffe followed him, but we didn’t feel threatened because he just seemed to be inquisitive. We started shooting close-ups of its body and its feet.”
He further added:
“Then while Carlos was looking through the camera eyepiece Gerald (the giraffe) swung his neck and hit him against his head. It came out of nowhere, and Carlos didn’t even see it coming. He wasn’t aware of the danger.”
A rep for the lodge told that Carlos “unauthorized to film” saying:
“He went off on his own. He wanted to get some shots to prove a point. He was trying to excel.”
On the other hand, Mrs. Brooker said,
“Gerald was not to blame and would not be put down.” “We are not going to shoot Gerald. He was not in the wrong. I don’t consider him to be a dangerous animal.”
Carlos Carvalho Wiki-Bio
A South African movie director Carlos Carvalho, aged 47, had won numerous awards and some of them are; African Movie Academy Cinematography Award in 2014 and a Silver Lion at the Cannes Film Festival for a public service announcement for Childline in 2003.
He received the 2014’s award for ‘The Forgotten Kingdom’ where he served as a cinematographer. Also, he was the cinematographer for the documentary ” Mining for Change: A Story of South African Mining” during 2010.
In the year 1992, Carvalho joined the film industry as a runner. He worked in the movies like Burn Burn Burn (2016), Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz (2013), Titus (2013), and a short film The Law Of Moments (2015).
The information regarding Carvalho’s wife and children is uninformed. No, any statement has been revealed by his family. They may be traumatized by the death of Carvalho and could release a statement in coming days. We express our deep condolence to Carlos Carvalho wife and his family.