17 thoughts on “Izzy Video 007 – Dolly Shots

  1. I noticed with this podcast and a few of your others that the quicktime movie just crashes part way through. Not sure if there is a problem with the files or if it’s just at my end…



  2. Tim,

    Thank you very much for the feedback. I certainly hope that my videos aren’t causing anybody’s systems to crash. This is the first time I’ve heard of it.

    Hopefully, it will be a temporary and easy-to-fix problem.


  3. that dolly out zoom in thing is awsome, i always wondered how they did that in the movies, thanks for you awsome tips, keep up the good work!


  4. I noticed that you used a stabilization tool – a glidecam? – to smooth the shots. Is there a low-cost option for home shooters to use – or a particular brnad you’d recommend? I’m using an Optura 600.

    Really enjoy the videos and the advice.

  5. Dale,

    Yes, the tool I’m using was a Glidecam 2000. I picked it up on ebay for about $200. Frankly, it’s the only one I’ve every used, and I’ve found it very useful. It takes a lot of practice, and it works much, much better with no wind, because the balance is very sensitive.

    I believe it will work with your camera. If you don’t want to spend the money on this particular item, there are many other options. I’ve heard you can even Google “Build your own steadicam” and find sites that show you how to make your own after a trip to the hardware store.

    Finally, holding the camera in both hands, the way I demonstrate on the video, can produce very effective results.

    Thank you for the question, and of course, thanks for watching! When you have a minute, would you mind popping over to http://www.podcastalley.com and voting for Izzy Video?

    Best of luck to you. Please let me know if you have any more questions . . .

  6. Dolly Out/Zoom In

    I always wondered how they did that!

    Keep the tutorials comming.

    The Hague, The Nethrerlands

  7. The most popular web site for building your own steadicam is at http://littlegreatideas.com/steadycam … it’s about $15 in parts and you’ll need a drill. You can also buy a kit for $40 plus shipping, which is what I did. It’s a great inexpensive alternative if you don’t mind looking like you have plumbing hanging off your camera! (I’m not affiliated with the site…just a customer.)

  8. Hi Izzy,

    I just happened upon your site and I am very impressed! I did not realize you offered video techniques and I really appreciate this.

    Would you be willing to be a paid resource for me? I don’t have tons of money, but I would be willing to pay you for your expertise and guidance on specific issues.

    Please let me know if this is of interest.

    All the best,
    Mary Gabriel

  9. Izzy
    I’m learning alot from your izzy video. I always wanted a website like this—keep up the good work in teaching knuckle heads like myself via internet. Ever thought of doing a digital movie???

  10. Alfred Hitchcock invented the last move (zooming, while dollying). Actually not sure if he invented it, or perfected it. I think he used it in almost all his movies somewhere. P.S. Love your site and thanks for all your info, and your children are great!

  11. Hi Izzy
    I really love your tutorials as I am a real amature…
    Just a tip on dolly shots that may help you. I once used a wheelchair for a dolly shot and it worked a treat. The bicycle type wheels take the bumps out of your shots and it makes holding the camera still easier, try it..

    Cheers Harry

  12. Heya izzy. I have to say what a great website you have here. I’m loving ur videos (still haven’t got time to see them all) and I’ve also voted you on podcastalley.com (Your Vote was Added!). nice tips and tricks, i’m already tryin some of them while filming my friends who rollerblade.

    Thanks again and keep them comming. (I’ve also bookmarked ur site :D )

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