Napoli Time Lapse


I just returned from a wonderful 2 week production in Italy.   The trip confirmed that I still want to retire in Tuscany and that I am still madly in love with the Mediterranean.  Seriously – this is the place for me.

We shared some unbelievable food, wine, and sites in the Chianti region of Tuscany.   The second half of our trip was spent in Naples.   Napoli is an amazing city on so many levels and a place that I will definitely return to –  I can’t wait to go diving along the Amalfi Coast as well.

We took a boat ride along the coast and it brought back so many wonderful childhood memories of mine.  I spent many summers along the mediterranean with my father, ranging from Perpignan in the south of France all the way down to Corsica.

I have a LOT to share with you on this blog regarding the gear we used on this 2 week production (for a TV pilot.)  That will keep me busy for sure in the upcoming weeks on this blog as we brought quite a few prototype pieces with us – definitely stay tuned.

For now, here is a quick time lapse video of a beautiful scene from Napoli.    I love time lapses as much as anyone out there – but I think that they take on an entirely new dimension once you are able to actually move the camera itself.

In this case we used a Kessler CineSlider which is basically a motorized dolly that can do some pretty remarkable things.   I fell in love with this setup not only for time lapse – but also for video moves when we combined the motorized slider with the Revolution Pan & Tilt System.   I’ll be sharing a lot of behind the scenes video as I mentioned above in the upcoming 1-2 weeks to show you how this was shot.  For now here’s a quick snapshot of this relatively straighforward setup.  

This time lapse was shot on a Canon 5D MKII, a Canon 24~70mm 2.8, a Canon TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller Unit a B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer mounted on a Kessler CineSlider, an elektra DRIVE and ORACLE Controller with a Manfrotto 498RC4 Ballhead supported by two Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber tripods.

I also wanted to make sure to thank the Italian Crew members – they were fantastic professionals that were also an incredible pleasure to work with!

Alfonso Gallardo – Gaffer

Matteo Zanchi – Key Grip

Davide Mastropaolo – Audio

Marco Coppola – Production Manager

Francesca Faccilongo – Researcher

Pierluigi Inarta – PA

Raffaele Sciscia – PA

Piero – PA

Allesandra Sansone  - PA

Jolanda Varriale - Makeup

Cristina Fileni – Makeup

Allessandra Amabile – Makeup