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Who’s Was First To Think of The Dolly Zoom? Who Gives a Shit.

Source: Filmaker IQ Blog

Who’s Was First To Think of The Dolly Zoom? Who Gives a Shit.


Having spent some considerable time writing on filmmaking history, I often come across the “Who was the first” question. Although chronology in history is, of course, important – a blind obsession over who was first without understanding context reduces history into nothing more than a series of trivial factoids – and that does little to really understand history. One example of this blind obsession comes from the YouTube comments on our lab video on the Mastering the Art of the Dolly Zoom. [embedded content] Steven Spielberg famously performing the Dolly Zoom on the set of Jaws. In the video we credited Irmin Roberts, a second unit camera man for being the first to use the Dolly Zoom effect in the famously in the film Vertigo: Since we have published that video (our first course video ever in May of 2013), the Wikipedia entry has been updated to add a caveat to the Dolly Zoom’s conception: The effect was first conceived by Romanian cinematographer Sergiu Huzum, but was first used by Irmin Roberts, a Paramount second-unit cameraman, in Alfred Hitchcock’s film Vertigo [1] And since this addition to Wikipedia we have received a few contrarian assholes who say we’ve committed and egregious sin against humanity by taking credit away the Dolly Zoom’s rightful inventor Sergui Huzum. These comments usually come in a snide remark implying that we are lazy and haven’t done enough research. Okay then…  let’s do some REAL research. First let’s ask…who is this Sergiu Huzum? A cursory google search only…Read more at: Who’s Was First To Think of The Dolly Zoom? Who Gives a Shit.


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