NGCI commissions Italy super-highway doc

London-based prodco Windfall Films is set to produce a one-hour special on the building of Italy's Variante di Valico, titled Megastructures - Italian Superlink, for National Geographic Channels International.
March 19, 2013

London-based production company Windfall Films is set to produce a one-hour special on the building of Italy’s Variante di Valico, titled Megastructures - Italian Superlink, for National Geographic Channels International.

The one-off follows the construction of the super-highway, built by an elite team of engineers  through the Apennine Mountain Range and across valleys. The team, headed up by chief engineer Alberto Sellari, faced the challenges of building 41 viaducts over valleys and tunnels, as well as drilling through 2.5 km of mountainous terrain. The end result will link Florence to Bologna.

Megastructures - Italian Superlink will use 3D CGI animation to depict the inventions the team use to complete the job, including the construction of a custom hovercraft which turns the 4,300 ton drilling machine.

Megastructures – Italian Superlink is a truly remarkable documentary that offers a vivid insight into the creation of the extraordinary Variante di Valico,” said Carlo Massarella, company director and executive producer at Windfall Films. “With high drama and engineering wonders, this film is a prime example of our expertise in producing visceral and engaging engineering documentaries.”

Windfall’s Massarella serves as executive producer, while Laura Warner is the producer/director. For NGCI, Jan Ronca is the executive producer.

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