Sunday, October 26, 2008

Update: The 'OH-MY-GOD' Movie Shot

Also Known as Dolly Zoom or the reverse tracking forward zooming shot,This over-used shot is now a cliche for hollywood horror flicks.Introduced in 1958.But haven't seen this effectively used in the indian screens yet,Though a couple of unsuccessful attempts.

The effect is achieved by using the setting of a zoom lens to adjust the angle of view (often referred to as field of view) while the camera dollies (or moves) towards or away from the subject in such a way as to keep the subject the same size in the frame throughout. In its classic form, the camera is pulled away from a subject whilst the lens zooms in, or vice-versa. Thus, during the zoom, there is a continuous perspective distortion, the most directly noticeable feature being that the background appears to change size relative to the subject. [wikipedia]

An Example:
In Jaws, The "track forward, zoom out" shot where the background narrows as Brody realizes someone has been attacked by a shark is a reverse of the "zoom in and track backwards" shot to make the background suddenly widen. It was originally used by Irmin Roberts to represent the dizzying heights in"Vertigo" (1958).

is a new update where both the background and foreground are in focus,like in a cartoon.
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