Millennium Expo Pictures in 3D
By Aaron Brinkley
Pictures By Elliott Swanson

Elliott Swanson's hobby is 3D photography. Armed with two different cameras, he attended the Millenium Expo in March and shot many 3D pictures of the event. The first picture is the probably the most well-known type of 3D picture, called an anaglyph. You will need a pair of red/blue (cyan) glasses to see Mike Fritz's Voight-Kampff model in 3D.

Elliott shot this picture with a large camera known as an S1. An S1 camera costs about $3500 and was one of the cameras used while shooting the 3D pictures for this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. An anaglyph picture is composed of two images which are shot by a pair of lenses seperated by about 2.5 inches ( the approximate distance between your eyes ). After the pictures, called a stereo pair, are developed they are scanned and converted to anaglyph 3D using Adobe Photoshop, or a similar graphics program.

This set of pictures of William Sanderson (Blade Runner's J.F. Sebastian) was shot with a specially modified Burdlo camera, one of about 11 or 12 in existance. The trick to viewing this set of images in 3D is to cross your eyes, if looking at the right side pair of images, or "free view" (e.g. left eye looks at left picture, right eye looks at right picture) if looking at the left side images.

Elliott has built several stereo cameras and also rebuilds vintage 1950's stereo cameras, although he says he had to sell most of his antique cameras to afford more modern gear. He has even done some work for Yoshifumi Yamamoto's Spinner Dokuhon book. He also made a few 3D motion lenticular shots of the photo Deckard holds that comes to life. Unfortunately, the negatives of this were accidentally destroyed. The resolution of the 3D pics on this page had to be seriously reduced so that they would load fairly quickly. Elliott is still learning the digital conversion aspect for posting 3D pictures.

Anyone can take 3D photos with absolutely no special equipment. As long as the subject is stationary, all you have to do is shift the camera position, generally with a motorized camera, however, shifting your weight from one foot to the other will give you the usual and customary separation. 3D people call this the "cha-cha" technique. If you want to get a little more technical, buy a piece of aluminum angle stock a few feet long at a hardware store, mount it to a tripod, and slide the camera about 65mm left or right. That'll get you a 3D image, your brain does the work of creating stereo. You can view the prints in an old time stereoscope. The key trick is to keep the camera level, and not to aim it up or down between shots. There is a relation between separation and the amount of stereo the brain can handle. Experiment!

Remember, to view the following images, you will need red/blue 3D glasses to view the anaglyphs and cross your eyes to view the stereo images.

From L to R, William Sanderson with BladeZone's Mike Fritz and Gerry Kissell

William Sanderson autographs a picture for a fan.

The same picture with both frames and in its final anaglyph 3D form.

William Sanderson and members of the BladeZone staff.

The same picture with both frames and in its final anaglyph 3D form.

While this was not taken at the Millennium Expo,
this is still a great picture of the Police Headquarters from the film.


--Aaron Brinkley
BladeZone.com

All Millenium Expo photos are the property of Elliott Swanson © 2000.
Licensed for use on BladeZone. May not be reproduced or used without permission.

The Police Headquarters picture is the property of The Blade Runner Partnership © 1982