Mastering the art of the dolly zoom

The dolly zoom, also sometimes referred to as the "vertigo zoom" is an in camera effect that seems simple on the surface but actually requires a great deal of talent and practice to pull off. It's also perceived by some as a little gimmicky so it's only used when it's really called for.

When is it called for? Well, that's why we have a video to explain it to you. 

And, for your viewing pleasure, here's a montage of dolly zoom clips from various films.

Dale Goldberg

Yes, you may have noticed Dale's initials, D-R-G. It's actually not a coincidence. When Dale started his career in film, he was only in sixteen but his talents as a storyteller earned him a job as the head of marketing at a martial arts studio - before he'd even graduated high school. Later, when he was a Lead Creative at Apple, his talents for solving problems on set and in the editing room earned him the nickname "Dr. G". Now, he applies those same skills at his own company. Dale has over ten years of experience in video and film production. He holds a degree in Marketing and Advertising from Kennesaw State University and a professional certificate in screenwriting from UCLA. He has written two feature length screenplays, directed three short films, and produced countless commercial projects. He lives in the Greater Atlanta Area with his wife and daughter and is writing his third feature length screenplay.