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A dolly zoom is aspecial effect on film where the camera lens zooms in, while the camera itself is pulled backward on a dolly. It creates a highly unsettling perspective shift that can be used to dramatic effect, for example in Hitchcock's Vertigo.
It's sweeps, and I've seen twenty dolly zooms this week alone. Stupid TV shows trying to be more dramatic...
by Toronto June 19, 2006
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