The Little Traveling Shot
September 18, 2007 10:05 AM Subscribe
What is the earliest generally-accepted use in commercial cinema of the following three shots: a lens-based zoom, in or out; a traveling shot using a dolly to follow a scene's protagonist (as in moving from room to room laterally); and a traveling shot using a dolly to effectively create a zoom, in which the framing of the protagonist becomes tighter as a result of a shorter distance to the subject?
posted by mwhybark to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am interested in citations, if possible, and with regard to the dolly shots, it doesn't matter to me if the dolly cart is on tracks or not (although the history of dollying per se, tracked or otherwise, is of interest to me).
My question is prompted by the startling observation of an apparent dolly-based zoom in a Chaplin Mutual short, The Count
, dating to 1916. The frame-tightening can be seen beginning at 15:28. It ends just as the scene cuts away at 15:42.