Bo de Visser, the head of a Dutch film company, Prorama Films, making a time-lapse movie on the Costa Concordia, visited the island of Giglio for the third time last week and reports "life is going on" with the massive liner in the background.
De Visser was on Giglio to check on his camera and reports he may have to move the camera but that a location switch would enhance the final film. The Prorama camera is currently in a secure location and pointed directly at the listing and partially sunk Costa Concordia, only some 300 metres from shore.
"The Costa Concordia is still laying on the shore and life is going on," he told Digital Journal in an email this week. "People are playing on the beach and are swimming with the Costa Concordia in the background. It looks like it's here for all times and it's integrated in daily live."
Costa Concordia news from Giglio
The camera is filming at all times and will remain on Giglio until the ship is refloated and towed away; Italian civil authorities are now saying that the two companies working on refloating the stricken cruise liner, Titan Salvage, an American company, and Micoperi, an Italian company, should have it up and towed away by the end of January.
The filmmaker said he learned an attempt to take the slide from the ship's pool and donate it to a local school was not done because of the logistics and expense of transporting the slide, now removed from the deck of the Costa Concordia. De Visser, who said one of the things that draws him to this tragedy is the similarity to the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, also reported that on July 13th at 21h32, the 6 month anniversary of the sinking, a memorial to the Costa Concordia and the 32 who died will be conducted on Giglio.
Once the ship is refloated and towed away, what De Visser will edit together is footage which will have been taken over a period of about 8 months and he says he will release "various versions, from 5 minutes till 1 hour" of footage. He's also releasing short film versions of the operation as it progresses and those short films, and the images the camera is shooting daily, can be seen at Prorama's Costa Concordia the images it is shooting can be seen at Prorama's Costa Concordia website, The Last Salute.