3D works best for scenes that show depth, action, and a sense of awe. Flying between mountains, skimming the surface of the lake, or going deep underwater are the quintessential 3D shots. Shooting these aerial scenes used to require a crazy and highly skilled camera person with an equally crazy, skilled pilot. But given the demand for 3D video, it’s no surprise that inventive people created gadgets where once dangerous shots can now be safely taken with remote controlled hexacopters.
For our new 3D movie about Lake Tahoe, we’re able to collaborate with people who can get these beautiful, dynamic shots. The next 3D experience at TERC will feature Tahoe underwater. As our own Heather Segale noted in her article for Lake Tahoe News, we’ll still use tried and true divers to get many underwater shots. Brant Allen and Katie Webb will dive into Tahoe with 3D cameras (generously donated by Go Pro) this spring to give viewers a unique look into Lake Tahoe’s depths. They will be guided by Steve Andersen, a 3D movie specialist based out of Tahoe. He created a weighted 3D camera that can sit in a shallow stream and film Kokanee salmon as they swim past. This simple device doesn’t compare, though, to his other wickedly cool 3D camera gadgets that can get beautiful aerial shots without risking life and limb (pictured below). He attended our winter meeting at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village, NV, to show them off! We were all very impressed with his creative solutions and ability to get the perfect shot. We look forward to working with our collaborators and hope we can create a fantastic experience for the visitors to TERC.
Above: Steve shows off an interchangeable camera stabilizer for his hexacopter (on the right). The hexacopter can fly for up to 10 minutes on a charge and take breathtaking aerial 3D movies without putting life and limb in danger. (On the left, below Steve’s elbow, you can see the weighted underwater camera.)
Below: Steve shows off cameras that are ideal for shooting 3D time lapses.