Candelaria Hotdog is a short animated film that attempts to show a personal perspective of a city’s landscape and culture. It’s a journey through the eyes of a person who treasures a simple memory and wants to make the best out of it by sharing it in a unique and comprehensible way.

La Candelaria is a historic neighborhood in Bogota Colombia, characterized by a constant display of a variety of street artists, musicians and beautiful locations that portray many of the local traditions and artistic styles of Colombia. The architecture from La Candelaria is primarily distinctive of the Spanish colonial style brought during the colonization period with a unique color spectrum that resembles the Colombian way of life.

The plot takes place in the context of the real Candelaria and unravels around the relationship between two characters commonly found in the city of Bogota. The story develops with a close view of the character’s lives with a hint of optimism and humor.

This document examines the production process of the film and addresses some of the challenges of its creation in an attempt to serve as reference guide for future animation productions. The paper concludes with an overview of the process of making the film and shares some personal reflections from the director’s perspective.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Technique; Computer animation--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Animated films--Themes, motives; Street entertainers--Colombia--Bogota--Drama

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Brian J. Larson

Advisor/Committee Member

Tom Gasek

Advisor/Committee Member

Mark Reisch


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR897.7 .M66 2016


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