There were a few challenges leading up to the event – last-minute rigging as stereographer Sean White positioned some 20 camera systems, many custom made, to capture the explosive demolition in stereo for the series Blowdown:
Once the camera units were all in place, the crew moved out of the arena and took position on the other side of the safety perimeter.
And a siren meant to signal the five-minute warning for the implosion continued to go off as the stadium came down – you can hear it as Ian Herring films the demolition with his Lumix:
But the overall mission – to capture the first ever implosion in stereo for international broadcast – was an explosive success.
All camera systems were rolling when the arena came down, including several kill cams positioned inside the stadium to capture unprecedented 3D footage ultra close.
Then the crew hustled to get post-Blowdown interviews and dig kill cam footage out of the massive debris pile – success!
Next they took a bit of time to relax before tackling one epic gear pack-up.
They’ll make their way back to Vancouver, Canada tomorrow.
Now we’re adrift in the quasi calm before another stereo storm …
Once the footage arrives back, our post production journey into the third dimension begins.
What a ride.