Giglio harbor, Italy
By Tony Gentile
I have always been keen on cinema and documentary video. I study and create multimedia projects and like telling stories using still photos, video and audio.
After receiving the assignment to cover the Costa Concordia “parbuckling”, I had the idea to create a timelapse. Definitely not an original idea because in Giglio, there were more cameras shooting timelapses than there are island residents.
A timelapse is a cinematographic technique used to shorten the action. It allows us to see very slow actions or natural events that we cannot see naturally using the technique of shooting pictures at regular intervals. Then we edit to create a video of about 24 or 25 frames per second. In this way you can see the action accelerate.
In the pre-digital era, this technique was only possible with certain types of movie cameras but now almost all digital cameras have this option and the process has become much simpler.
In my opinion, there are different ways to do timelapses: artistic and narrative. I chose to create a narrative timelapse as it was the perfect technique for this event. The “parbuckling” process took 19 hours during which the ship’s motion was so slow that it made the progress impossible to see with the naked eye.