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Following coverage of conclave, Vatican takes up idea of filming in 3D

2013-04-05

FR. DARIO VIGANO
Director, Vatican Television Center

 "We have the responsibility to show the activities of the Pope and the Holy See to the world. In this case, it was the Pope's resignation. We found ourselves in a unique event in modern history. As unique as the election of a Pope from Latin America.”

The Vatican's Television Center, will often broadcast events live, but needless to say these past few weeks, its work load was a lot more demanding, especially in terms of production.


FR. DARIO VIGANO
Director, Vatican Television Center

 "For example, for Pope Benedict's departure from the Vatican to Castel Gandolfo we had 18 cameras on hand. A webcam on the helicopter, four mobile control rooms and a large static control room, so it was a very complex production, very tiring. But I must say that at the end the viewer was rewarded, because the Washington Post, the Huffington Post and other papers defined it as a media masterpiece.”

The director of CTV, which is the abbreviation in Italian, explained that the goal was for each image to show the raw emotions of that moment. That way viewers from all over the world  could get the feel that they too were in Rome.

FR. DARIO VIGANO
Director, Vatican Television Center

"When we showed the first moments of Francis as Pope, the idea was to use a camera from behind. It allowed an optic view with an extreme experimental angle. But it did not give us that fish eye effect. It allowed us to create a pseudo subjective view, we could not only see the Pope, but also the Pope's point of view. I think these choices carried the emotion here to people far away.”

The crew received a lot of positive feedback, but that has not stopped it from thinking about improving their work. Their next goal is to broadcast live Vatican events in 3D.

FR. DARIO VIGANO
Director, Vatican Television Center

 "I would have liked to something that is still not possible right now: but don't rule out, it would be very interesting to a mock production of the Pope's Inauguration Mass in 3D. We've already done a few experiments, so maybe this could be a possibility in one of the events after Easter.”

In a world that's constantly connected through images, tv and social media, the Vatican proved that it can stand on its own two feet in the digital age.


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