Waterfalling in love with Iceland

A time-lapse short film about that pure and breathtaking little piece of earth called Iceland

Timelapse Showfest 2013 Bronze Winner, premiered in Madrid in early December 2013. Shot in raw, edited and mastered in 4k UHDTV. Watch the film online and share it if you like it! All the footage is available for licensing and fine art prints. Visit Vimeo or my Facebook page for comments and other updates. View some pictures on 500px. License all the timelapse footage used in this film and several outtakes, available in 4K for commercial use: bit.ly/4k-timelapse-iceland

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Waterfalling projected in Madrid

It’s easy to fall in love with the breathtaking landscapes of Iceland, but it’s hard to capture their wild and unique beauty, even harder in an unseen way. I tried for almost a month, driving alone for more then 5600km (3500 miles) on winding roads, fighting against the weather and a glacial flood. I went back to the same locations many times, waiting for special conditions.

Majestic and spectacular waterfalls had to be a significative part of my time-lapse short film, but I also wanted to portrait icebergs mirroring in the water, midnight sun painting cloudscapes and fumes of hot-springs. Evolving and surprising colors of icelandic nature became my leitmotif and obsession, a few times transformed by my interpretation.

I took more then 55.000 raw pictures for a total of 180 time-lapse sequences, but only 70 of them survived in the final editing. I’ve spent more then two years in the post-production, not for adding special effects but for removing distractions and trying to make the images as pure as possible. I painted out an infinite number of tourists, birds, cars and many (not all) fast moving and disturbing things.

 

 

Film credits & Special thanks

Timelapse shooting, Editing & post: Giovanni Antico / gantico.com
Music: Rise, by Tony Anderson / the music bed.
Calligraphic titles: Alga & Goran / Sunday Büro

Super Thanks for having saved me: volunteers of icelandic rescue team.
For longstading collaboration: Adobe systems italia & Wacom Europe GmbH.
For technical support: Canon professional services / italy.
For guidance to iceland: Enrique Pacheco.

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Production and post-production backstage

Equipment info

I shot everything with a Canon EOS 7D, several Canon lenses and a few ND filters. I developed the pictures in Lightroom in combination with LRTimelapse. I imported the raw sequences in After Effects, working in 4K at 16bit, with a color managed project in Adobe RGB: each frame is a lovely printable picture! I took advantage of GBDeflicker for fine tuning flickering problems and I edited everything in Premiere Pro. Color grading was done mainly in Lightroom and After Effects. I could have not made it without my Wacom tablet.

Camera: shot entirely with a Canon EOS 7D, a battery grip and many batteries. Tripod: Gitzo Mountaineer GT3531 + Ballhead GH3780
Lenses: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS.
Filters: LightCraft Workshop Variable Neutral Density filter.
Software / Adobe Creative Cloud: Lightroom, After Effects, Premiere Pro. Additional tools: LRTimelapse, GBDeflicker.
Hardware: Mac Pro, 32GB Ram, 1 SSD, 15TB raid HDD, two Dell 27″ monitors and a large Wacom tablet.