Filmmaker Carlos Carvalho Dies In Accident While Shooting 'Wild At Heart'

Carlos Carvalho    
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Award-winning filmmaker Carlos Carvalho has died after an on-set accident involving a giraffe in South Africa.

The giraffe, known as Gerald, is thought to have swung his neck and struck Mr Carvalho with his head while being filmed, causing Mr Carvalho to fly through the air and suffer head trauma, from which he ultimately died.

"When Carlos was standing in front of the giraffe, the animal spread its legs, bent its neck and swung its head at Carlos", Richard Brooker, whose family owns the lodge, told the Netwerk24 Afrikaans news website. "He did nothing wrong", Brooker added.

Mr Carvalho was filming at the Glen Afric farm in Broederstroom, about 64km from Johannesberg, when he "had a fatal run-in with a giraffe on set", according to filming agency CallaCrew.

Carvalho was flown from the location by helicopter to a hospital in Johannesburg, where he died Friday from his injuries, the Telegraph reported.

'The giraffe followed him but we didn't feel threatened because he just seemed to be inquisitive.

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'It came out of nowhere and Carlos didn't even see it coming. "About five minutes before he got hit Carlos gave me his phone and asked me to take some photos of him on the rig for his kids", Drikus told The Sun.

"He was unauthorised to film". I'm very sad for his family.

"We are not going to shoot Gerald".

Carvalho won the Silver Lion at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 and was also honored in 2014 with an African Movie Academy Cinematography Award. I suppose we get so used to filming animals that we become desensitised in a way'. At some point he was approached by a giraffe named Gerald, and struck with such force that the Director to be rejected on some metres. "But I'm not one of those people who blames the animals".

Carvalho, a father of two, began working in the film industry in 1992.

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