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    Can anyone tell me how they do that zoom thing in films. You know the one were the background seems to move away and the person zooms into the camera. I think i have an idea on how it is done but would like someone elses thoughts on the matter.

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    Tracking! - To get it nice and smooth it helps if you have a track but i have done it using a smooth floor and a chair on wheels.

    Basically - your aim is to keep your subject the same size in the frame. Next you track (move) the camera towards your subject while slowly zooming out or the reverse - you move away and zoom in.

    It takes alot of practice to do it smoothly but the results are excellent.

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    It's called a "contra-zoom" for your information FNG.

    Also known as the "Hitchcock effect" (from the film Vertigo)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Guru View Post
    It's called a "contra-zoom" for your information FNG.

    Also known as the "Hitchcock effect" (from the film Vertigo)
    Indeed. If you search the forums for either of these terms, you'll get a LOT of advice.

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    Thanks all for the advice really appreciate it
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    I have never done this but a wheelchair is supposed to be a good way to get a smooth tracking shot.

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    not so difficult to do with the right camera. This was my first ever test effort. http://www.alandmills.co.uk/ContraZoom.pdf which I think came out alright even if I do say so myself - even if young Danny was a little off-centre.

    Timing the zoom is the hardest part so if you can preset your camera that's a bonus. Use a pushchair or a wheelchair or even a wheeled office chair to do the zoom. You can't beat a track dolly though.
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    Broken link Alan. Maybe its the pfd file ...... who can't spell now then?

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    My Brother and I were discussing this and between us, as rolling devices, we have used:
    • office chairs
    • dolly tracks
    • car bonnets
    • fork lift truck
    • shopping trolly/cart
    • a rug (it was on a very smooth surface and much running and sliding followed)
    • Wheeled tripods
    It goes to show that thinking outside the box gets things done. If you cant get access to propper track than you use whats to hand

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    Wow - you have fork ligt truck Mark !

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