A toxic relationship story with no heroes: Alberto Mielgo on the short’s message Jibaro. Technically, so far the most difficult work of the director.
Jibaro, as expected , became one of the main episodes of the third part of Love, Death and Robots for the audience. Artist and director Alberto Mielgo has already worked on the short film The Witness for the first season, receiving several Emmys for it, and in early 2022 he was awarded the first Oscar for The Windshield Wiper.
Episode Mielgo was singled out even by anthology producer David Fincher, saying that he liked the work so much that he shared it with Steven Soderbergh to get his opinion.
On the occasion of the release, the artist himself gave a series of interviews in which he spoke about the creation of the short film and explained the meaning inherent in it. After viewing, the audience appreciated the audiovisual part, but many were not sure that they understood the idea correctly.
In the plot, Mielgo, oddly enough, continues to explore the topic of relationships, which is also devoted to the short film The Windshield Wiper and even the episode The Witness from the first season.
Mielgo specifically emphasized that he was not attracted to stories with an obvious hero saving the world or going through a difficult path, at the end of which he becomes the best version of himself.
In other words, Jibaro is dedicated to people who are not destined to be together: both pursue the wrong goals and give themselves to attraction instead of listening to their feelings.
The director believes that in modern society, people often encounter similar relationships, which Jibaro is dedicated to.
Speaking about working on the short, Mielgo confirmed that he remains true to himself and does not use motion capture. Instead, the director takes multiple references and works on all of the character animations by hand.
This time, for references, the Mielgo team called in choreographer Sara Silk, who, in turn, invited a group of familiar dancers to shoot several videos for the animators.
As with his previous work, including the Watch Dogs Legion trailer , Mielgo used an effect that simulates the presence of a camera operator on the scene.
Technically, Jibaro turned out to be Mielgo’s most difficult work, because this time the director moved away from the usual and, as he himself says, more simple urban backgrounds for him and showed nature.
Alberto Mielgo does more than just short films. Back in 2019, Stampede announced that it would produce the artist’s first full-length work, but so far there is no news about it.