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Lucia Morgan editing ‘The Legend of the Bat’ video

‘The Legend of the Bat’ 1: the video

Mexican postgraduate student Lucía Morgan Franco has created a highly professional and entertaining graduation short film, The Legend of the Bat, for her Masters degree in Animation at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

‘The Legend of the Bat’ video by Lucía Morgan Franco

The film was made using digital cut-out technique, and lasts 7:30 minutes. Lucía told us: ‘I have to say that coming to study to the UK and making this film has been one of the greatest experiences in my whole life...

‘I put a lot of thought and hard work into making this film. A key aspect of it was, of course, the music. My original idea was to make it from scratch, thanks to the help of very talented friends back in México. However, for reasons of time, at the end this was not possible. While looking for reference resources, I came upon your excellent website, which proved to be a great source of information. I was very happy to find out that there were people in UK making great efforts to spread the word about Mexican culture. Thank you for that.

‘Also, I found your beautiful music clips of Aztec instruments. With the help of a very good English sound designer, we took the liberty to use two of the clips in the making of the soundtrack for The Legend of the Bat...’
(We’re delighted to help Lucía in this highly creative way.)

An adaptation of a Mexican legend, the film pokes fun at how we try to be “better” than others, at all costs, instead of accepting ourselves as we are. In this comic tale, a mischievous Bat makes himself a beautiful costume with the feathers his friends the birds generously give him. But when the Bat fails to be grateful, his envy and pride will bring him to a disastrous outcome.
Enjoy a very Mexican ‘Just-So’ story...!

Click to e-mail Lucía Morgan

This article was uploaded to the Mexicolore website on Jun 22nd 2008

Read about the figure of the bat in ancient Mexico

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Mexicolore replies: Thanks and all good wishes!
Mexicolore replies: Woe and death!! We weren’t aware it had gone! Profound apologies. We’re asking our webmaster to investigate...
Mexicolore replies: Thanks, Jude. We’d love to help but don’t have the authority (or know-how!) to send you a copy of the video. We suggest you approach Lucía Morgan via her website (above). If - as seems to happen from time to time - her site is down, write to us and we’ll put you directly in touch with her. We’re sure she’d be pleased to help you.
Mexicolore replies: Cheers, thanks and good wishes!
Mexicolore replies: We do apologise for this: our site has been ‘down’ recently due to technical problems at the server. The damage is slowly being repaired, and we hope to have everything back to normal asap...
Mexicolore replies: Thanks, Jorge, for your kind offer. You can get an idea of the assistance we are always looking for on our ‘Getting Involved’ page...
Mexicolore replies: Cheers, Jorge, thanks for this and for your encouragement...
Mexicolore replies: Many thanks for this really positive feedback, Teli. The credit, of course, all goes to Lucía...
Mexicolore replies: We’re sorry this is due to the technical limitations of making the video available ‘instantly’ on this page. Feel free to contact Lucía directly via her webpage (above) - perhaps she can help?
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