Film director killed in giraffe attack on set while filming close ups

A filmmaker has died after being head-butted by a giraffe while shooting a film in South Africa.

Carlos Carvalho, 47, was filming a feature film and taking close up shots of the giraffe when he was injured on Wednesday.

“It is with a very sad heart that we have to announce the passing of Carlos Carvalho, one of our favourite DOP’s,” his film crew agency CallaCrew, announced on Facebook.

“Carlos was filming a feature at Glen Afric [sic] and had a fatal run in with a giraffe on set. He was flown to Milpark Hospital but succumbed to his injuries 20:50 last night.”

Carlos Carvalho passed away after being head-butted by a giraffe in South Africa. Source: CallaCrew/ Facebook

According to The Telegraph, Carvalho, 47, was in South African filming in a game lodge when an attempt to get a close-up of a giraffe ended with the animal head-butting him, sending him flying.

He was transported to the Johannesburg hospital, where he died of massive head injuries.

Drikus Van Der Merwe, a member of the film crew, told The Telegraph, “We started shooting close ups of its body and its feet.

“Then while Carlos was looking through the camera eyepiece Gerald [the giraffe] swung his neck and hit him against his head.”

He added, “It came out of nowhere and Carlos didn’t even see it coming. He wasn’t aware of the danger.”

CallCrew made the sad announcement online on May 3. Source: CallaCrew/ Facebook

Richard Brooker, whose family owns the Glen Africa Country Lodge, told The Telegraph that the giraffe will not be put down, as he “did nothing wrong.”

Among the films Carvalho worked on as a camera operator, cinematographer or director of photography are Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Darkest Hour, Wonder Woman, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and others.