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Blade Runner 2049 Dolly Zoom (3 replies and 3 comments)

Emmanuel Adeloye
11 months ago
Emmanuel Adeloye 11 months ago

Hi Mr Deakins,
I recently re-watched BR2049 and as always the syncing scene stood out as it always did but I couldn't put my finger on it until recently. When Joi and Mariette start walking towards K, did you use a dolly zoom? I don't know why but I feel like you put them on a treadmill and dolly zoomed in on them. 
Or I'm insane. Loving your podcast!

Emmanuel Adeloye 

Emmanuel Adeloye
11 months ago
Emmanuel Adeloye 11 months ago

Sorry, for reference...

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Capture.jpg
Jacob W.
11 months ago

Check the archives on this shot. It's been discussed before pretty thoroughly.

You might get a quicker answer.

Roger Deakins
11 months ago
Roger Deakins 11 months ago

I certainly don't remember using a zoom during that sequence. I don't even think I had a zoom in my camera package.

Emmanuel Adeloye
11 months ago

Haha, I guess I was just seeing things. Anyway, thank you very much for the response.

Aaron Boggs
1 month ago
Aaron Boggs 1 month ago

Lol I'm rewatching it right now and I looked this up because I just noticed it looked alot like a dolly zoom too. I think maybe what makes it look like this is because Ana de Armas/Mackenzie Davis are walking forwards towards the camera and the camera is being moved backwards at the same speed in order to keep them the same distance away from the camera and at the same size in the frame. I think this would cause the background to appear to behave similarly to how it would in a dolly zoom. Maybe I'm wrong but thats my guess. 

Emmanuel Adeloye
1 month ago

I think that might have been the effect. Thanks for getting back. Gives the surreal look without resorting to the lens.

I don't know if this was intentional but it really highlights the unreal nature of the scene

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