Mastering the Art of The Dolly Zoom


Learn about the history of the Dolly Zoom – from it’s conception by second unit cameraman Irmin Roberts for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” through to its use in films like “Jaws” and “Goodfellas”. Beyond history, learn why the effect works the way it does by exploring the physics behind how images are created in a camera.

Course Materials

Film: Vertigo

Film: Jaws

Film: Goodfellas


Introduction to the Dolly Zoom

Digging Deeper into The Dolly Zoom

Film Screening: “Vertigo”

Film Screening: “Jaws”

Film Screening: “Goodfellas”


Mastering the Art of The Dolly Zoom FINAL EXAM