A Very Roman Snowstorm

I was lucky enough to spend a very special weekend in Rome this year- when I was packing my bags there were warnings of severe weather on the news, and sure enough on my first full day in the Italian capital (during which I had a business meeting) the snow descended on the city.

rewind | 2011

I decided to make a review video of my year 2011 – it turned out to be a much tougher and more arduous process than I first thought- I went through thousands of clips to condense everything into one three minute video. I’d like to thank everyone who tolerated my constant ducking behind a lens this last year- I hope to do even bigger and better things in 2012!

Digital Diary of Italy

Video : Seven days in Basilicata

In September I was invited to spend a week in Basilicata, Italy with six other bloggers and filmmakers from the USA, France, Netherlands, South Africa and Italy. We set out to record our impressions of the region and make our own films about the experience.

Matera

Our journey started in Matera, where we were greeted warmly by the community who are rescuing the Sassi from abandomnent and ruin.

Matera seen from a cave across the gorge… this is 15s on the 10-20mm, with some LED glowsticks I brought from home for shots like this.

This is not a church! It’s one of a series of cisterns to which Matera and the Sassi owe their success- each cistern holds tens of millions of litres  and provided water in even the leanest times.

Opening night music!

 Barile

Winemakers of Barile! We stopped in Barile to sample some wines and have a look at the centuries-old processes used in winemaking- we were given a look at some cantina, the cellars where the wine is matured in carefully controlled conditions.  The wine I sampled was still fresh, sweet and cloudy- the wines produced here are usually only consumed locally, so if you want to taste some you’d better get going!

San Fele

San Fele, where the locals are volunteering to build walks through the lush mountain valley.

Pietrapertosa

 Pietrapertosa is famous for the Vollo del’angelo, a 120km/h, 400 meter high horizontal zipline that stretches across the valley. The food and hospitality were as spectacular as the views. This is a must-return part of the world for me!

Sunrise in Pietrapertosa

 

Locals are as proud of their traditions as anwyhere else in the world- oxen were a huge part of agriculture and remain part of village life.

Maratea

Maratea is a stunning, bustling Mediterranean port town that is overlooked by tall mountains- this is a sunset captured as part of my timelapse sequence.

The Digital Diary crew! Mark, Hailegh, Erica and Caspar standing, then Chris (me!), Matthew and Luca sitting.

 

 

Craco

Craco is a ghost town abandoned since 1963 because of dangerous subsidence in the clay soil. I shot this still as part of a timelapse sequence.

Clay from mudslides creates an almost martian landscape near Craco. Part of a timelapse.

Pisticci