How to Create the Dolly Zoom for Timelapse and Hyperlapse
A popular cinematic effect in filmmaking is the Dolly Zoom or the “Vertigo Effect.” It changes the viewer perception creating an effect where the subject remains the same size while the background moves. Alfred Hitchcock used this effect to make people dizzy in the 1958 movie, Vertigo.
The following tutorial, which is a short and sweet 3 minutes long, was created by Eric Stamen, and gives you a look at how he creates this effect. He uses over 100 photos for about 4 seconds of hyperlapse footage (if played back at 24 fps). It’s a great effect that will make your timelapses stand out…just takes a good amount of patience.
- Panasonic GH2
- Panasonic 7-14mm
- Genustech Universal Adapter Bar System
- CAMTREE Solid Gear Follow Focus
- Manfrotto 535 Tripod legs
- Sachtler FSB-8 Tripod head
- Adobe Bridge CS6
- Adobe Camera Raw CS6
- Adobe After Effects CS6
Check out the video tutorial below and head over to DIY Photography for a written tutorial from Eric on how it’s done.
See more of Eric Stamen’s timelapse work on his site, Ocean Llama.