The Short Film

What kind of feeling inspired the first artists of our species? We try to get under the skin of a paleolithic child and see through his eyes. We intend to approach the past through the vestiges to comprehend them. Therefore, a figure of a horse will not only be a design in a stone, but also a living being to empathize with. This figure, which had a great importance for our ancestors, comes back (animated) to inspire us today. This short film is inspired by the UNESCO World Heritage paleolithic engravings of Vale do Côa (Portugal) and Siega Verde (Spain).

From a creative point of view, we want to offer a new perspective on prehistoric life through a surprising staging. The backgrounds are real and the animations are integrated with the style of the original engravings. This work does not have any dialogs, and the narration depelops through gesture and orchestral music, performed by the Kiev Simphonic Orchestra.



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Vale Do Côa

The Côa valley, tributary of the Duero river on its Portuguese side, is the archaeological area whith the highest number of outdoor artistic manifestations coming from the Paleolithic era. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage. The performings are engravings mostly carved or incised into the rock.
Most representations depict large herbivores of that age: horses, aurochs, goats and deers. We also find a few humans, fishes and other animals. In some designs there are different heads for a single animal in different positions, which anticipates motion concepts used in animation or comics.
In the Côa valley, people continued to engrave images for centuries. There are pictures from the Neolithic, the Iron age… the last one comes from the mid-1900s. That is why Côa is considered an actual art gallery made during 30000 years.
Nowadays there is a museum in Vila Nova de Foz Côa, and three archeological areas are opened to the public.

Siega Verde

It is an outdoors archeological area on the banks of the Águeda river, tributary of the Duero river on the Spanish side of the frontier, in the province of Salamanca. It complements the Côa area both in age and style. In fact, it was considered as an extension of the latter when declared as a UNESCO World Heritage.
The paleolithic figures are also horses, aurochs, goats and deers made on chert panels, near the river.
Siega Verde was discovered before Côa, and its appearing meant a change in our concept of paleolithic art, which until then was linked to cave paintings.Since that time several discoveries of engravings have taken place throughout the Iberian peninsula.
The archeological area and the interpretation center can be visited. They are located next to the Siega Verde bridge, in Villar de la Yegua (Salamanca, Spain).



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Perruncho Studio, producer of the short film, is a creative studio born in Gran Canaria (Spain); it develops audiovisual, illustration, graphic design and web projects.

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