National Geographic Greenlights ‘The Raising Of The Costa Concordia’ Documentary

The Raising of the Costa Concordia (FT)

National Geographic Channels International has given the greenlight to The Raising of the Costa Concordia, a one-off documentary from Windfall Films.

The Raising of the Costa Concordia is a one-hour special which charts the recovery of the cruise ship, which partially sunk off the coast of Giglio, Italy. In addition to footage of the operation to raise, re-float and tow away the Costa Concordia, the documentary, which will air on NGCI later this month, also uses CGI animation to explore the innovations and technological breakthroughs that made it all possible.

The one-off is being produced by Windfall Films, who have been working on the documentary for the past two years. The Argonon owned indie secured unparalleled access to the engineers involved in raising of the cruise ship and have been filming every aspect of the operation, which has been described as “one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken”, since 2012. The docu is produced and directed by Colin Campbell; while Carlo Massarella is serving as the executive producer.

“For almost two years, Windfall Films’ cameras have been following the project to re-float the Costa Concordia – close up”, said Carlo Massarella, Creative Director of Windfall Films. “Gaining this level of access to this unprecedented operation was not only an eye-opening experience, but is also a testament to our credentials in this genre”.

While Hamish Mykura, Executive Vice President & Head of International Content for NGCI, added: “Raising the Costa Concordia is an enormous challenge – and a delicate one – only possible through the dedication of a highly skilled crew who must undertake the massive responsibility of salvaging the world’s biggest shipwreck”.