OT: How to do this camera effect?

Leee wrote on 4/11/2012, 6:44 PM
This effect has been used a lot over the past 10 years, it usually occurs when someone finds out some shocking news, and it looks like the background is moving backwards while the subject is zooming in.
I believe it can be done by dollying the camera forward while zooming out, but I'm not really sure. Anyone know the secret of this effect?



farss wrote on 4/11/2012, 6:49 PM
"I believe it can be done by dollying the camera forward while zooming out, but I'm not really sure."

Without seeing it none of us can be 100% sure.
That aside yes, a quite dramatic in camera effect can be achieved by dollying in while zooming out to cause a change in perspective while keeping the field of view constant. At a guess I'd say it's dramatic because our eyes never see such a thing in the normal world.


Rv6tc wrote on 4/11/2012, 7:03 PM
You're talking about the effect from the hallway in The Shining, right?

I've seen some good explanations, and it involves dollying in/out as you zoom the opposite direction. The key is you have to adjust the speed at which you dolly and zoom. I guess it takes a fair amount of practice. I've never made it work well.

Post your results!
Opampman wrote on 4/11/2012, 8:43 PM
The old timers will remember it being first used by Hitchcock.

EDIT: First used by him in Vertigo. He didn't invent it, but he was the first to make the dolly/zoom famous.

Rory Cooper wrote on 4/12/2012, 2:00 AM
Also called zolly shot

Grazie wrote on 4/12/2012, 2:08 AM
"Duel", the movie that Hitchcock would have made! Perfect film. See the woman's hair defyin gravity?

That single Kane shot in the theatre got me going!


Leee wrote on 4/12/2012, 8:05 PM
Yes that's it! The Zolly! And what a perfect name for the effect. LOL. Thanks for posting the video clip.
I never saw it done that slowly as it was done in Goodfellas, it works too in a more subtle way.