Source: Filmaker IQ Blog
Having spent some considerable time writing on filmmaking history, I often come across the âWho was the firstâ question. Although chronology in history is, of course, important â a blind obsession over who was first without understanding context reduces history into nothing more than a series of trivial factoids â 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 Zoomâs 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 Hitchcockâs film VertigoÂ  And since this addition to Wikipedia we have received a few contrarian assholes who say weâve committed and egregious sin against humanity by taking credit away the Dolly Zoomâs rightful inventor Sergui Huzum. These comments usually come in a snide remark implying that we are lazy and havenât done enough research. Okay thenâ¦ Â letâs do some REALÂ research. First letâs askâ¦who is this Sergiu Huzum? A cursory google search only…Read more at: Whoâs Was First To Think of The Dolly Zoom? Who Gives a Shit.
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