Friend and fellow gondolier John Synco (known by many here in Southern California simlpy as "Cinque"), sent me this video recently.
He'd told me a little about it during the event at Sunset Gondola; that it was "just a bunch of footage he'd shot in Venice", and how he "thought I might like some of it".
He was wrong.
It's fantastic. While watching it, I can't help but think that the guy with his eye in the viewfinder either shot it just for me, or else he suffers from the same affliction as I do.
The dedication at the beginning certainly made me feel special, but I think the original quote spoke to me the most.
Nice work Cinque - I loved it all! Watched it again and again.
I believe the music is an original recording by musicians in Venice.
Positive comments are always appreciated.
Negative ones, as you might expect, can sometimes foster negative feedback from other blog readers. Have something critical to say about some of the rowers in the video? Feel free to share your thoughts, but it automatically begs the question: "could you do it better?"
If you have any criticism for Synco's work, then you obviously don't understand the obsession that we all suffer from here on the Gondola Blog.
Many thanx for sharing to John
Amazing John. You never cease in outdoing yourself.
That forcola at about 7:35 was the coolest forcola I've ever seen.
That guy who just sits there in one spot on his gondola while 5 other gondolas go through an obstacle course around him! It almost seemed choreographed. It's like watching Marshal Arts, but on the water!
I'm glad you guys like it! Thank you.
Toward the end is a fleet all funneling into a canal, crazy.
Thanks also for the shots of the footwork. I've used the 'braking while turning left' maneuver but I saw someone give the oar a good pull doing it. Will have to give it a go.
I loved the music in the beginning. Kind of adding to what seems to be chaos in the canal. The very end reminded me of a traffic jam only on water! This is fantastic. Kudos John!
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