May 19, 2018 at 10:40PM, Edited May 19, 10:41PM

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Push-In Effect

This may be a simple question but there is a style of push that has a particular dramatic effect and is not the same as just tracking a camera closer. In rewatching, I suspect it is a frame speed thing (like recording that shot at 40fps instead of 24 but I really have no idea). I attached a quick clip example from Taxi Driver. It’s not just a push-in there is something else happening. I’ve tried at home on my Canon with 50mm and the effect difference is distinct.
Example: https://vimeo.com/270919884

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There's lots of names for it, but it's generally called a dolly zoom, or "The Vertigo Shot."
It's when you dolly in with the camera and zoom out at the same time. It sort of shifts the background around the subject.
This example is kind of a weird one, because usually the subject stays the same size and the background changes, but here they either did it sloppily (they're really hard to pull of well) or Scorsese decided to make it sort of a half push in, half dolly-zoom.

Anyway, there are a lot of tutorials on YouTube about doing dolly zooms you can look up, like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amj6RiGiTOE

May 20, 2018 at 9:15PM

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Nick Brown
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What you might be thinking of is the push in and crane up. The camera is being raised vertically and being moved forward horizontally.

May 29, 2018 at 3:09PM

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Gareth Ng
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That doesn't look like the "vertigo shot" to me. The primary movement in the shot is a booming up. It is easiest to do with a jib rather than a slider or dolly.

May 30, 2018 at 5:04PM

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Casey Preston
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That is a dolly in, pedestal up, tilt down. Most likely done on a Chapman hydraulic dolly on tracks. More difficult but, a wheeled jib on dolly tracks with the camera on a fluid head could do something similar. High end productions, these days, might use a Technocrane.

May 31, 2018 at 11:20AM

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