Welcome to Flashback Fandor! Our staff of movie scientists have dug through our Library-of-Congress-sized archives to unearth our best (and still topical) videos and articles. 

Even if you didn’t know the name for it, you’ll know a dolly zoom (or “zolly”) when you see it. The lens of the camera moves one way, the camera’s wheeled mount moves the other way, and despite the deceivingly simple elegance of the technique, there are a ton of ways it can be—and has been—used in movies. It’s a trick of perception that gives the viewer more about the emotional and psychological weight of the shot than its visual truth, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it was popularized by a master of suspense who was known for many innovative techniques and charged images. In this video, we deconstruct a secret now used by directors all over the world, across all genres, to expressively and effectively warp time and space.

Do you love going behind the scenes and learning the tricks behind movie magic? Then don't miss our other SFX Secrets videos about graphic match cuts, aspect ratios, film gauges, rear projection, superimposition, split screens, the false long take, the 180 degree rule, j-cuts and l-cuts, and the art of the focus pull.