It’s always good to learn some new camera tricks to keep your content looking fresh. We have one to share with you today called “The Zolly”. As you might guess from the name, it is a little trick that uses both a zoom and a dolly to create an effect that will visually suspend your subject in space.

How It Works

To create the “zolly” effect, you’ll need to have your camera rigged up to some type of dolly track. As you dolly in closer to your subject, you’ll want to zoom out on the camera. The trick here is to zoom out at the same speed as you’re dollying in.

What It Looks Like

Here’s an amateur example of what it looks like:

As you can see, the perspective of the foreground and background change while the subject remains constant.

It might be most well known for its use in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “Vertigo”. You’ll find the zolly shot at the 2:15 mark.

Want More Info?

The guys at Videomaker have made a great tutorial about this camera shot. Check it out:


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