How to Create a Dolly Zoom in Cinema 4D

Sean Dove Shows How to Use a Dolly Zoom in Cinema 4D as an Animated Effect

You may have seen a dolly zoom in one of your favorite films. It’s an in-camera technique that has the camera move while the focal length changes. It’s something that is relatively straightforward to create in 3d. Motion Designer Sean Dove has a quick look at setting up an animated dolly zoom within Cinema 4D.

The basis for the technique is to have the background of the shot look like it is moving to or away from a central element in the frame. Typically the focus stays on a character, keeping the size constant throughout the dolly-zoom. If you look at real-world examples, the size of the person in the frame remains the same, while the background looks as if it is receding.

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