What's the name and origin of the "long Noooooo" shot in film?
February 11, 2011 9:06 AM Subscribe
Is there a name, please, for the now-clichéd and much-satirized film shot in which the camera pulls rapidly out of a close-up, often moving back and up, while the subject, having just had bad news or seen something dreadful, goes "noooooooooo" rather a lot? We are meant to gather that they are somewhat alone, and not at all happy. Where/when did this shot originate?
posted by vogel to media & arts (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I was wondering if there's a sort of trade name for this, like "Vogel's No" or "The Framingham Denial" or something ... or maybe there is not a name per se but a short technical description like "overhead dolly tracking crane helicopter pull focus shot with long NO" (yes, I am good at this aren't I) It seems to be so common that I feel there must be a moviegoers/makers' shorthand for it. And yes, nowadays you usually see it as a mostly-joke - to the extent that I am quite surprised if I see it used seriously in a film now! But it must have had serious origins, no? - indeed, it must have had AN origin - does film history record when it was first done? Thanks in advance, and sorry if it's an FAQ - searches haven't yet helped.