Author Topic: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object  (Read 1226 times)

Magnum Valentino

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Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« on: February 23, 2021, 06:33:59 PM »
I can think of one. The opening shot of Dawn of the Dead, with that mad orange carpeted wall, and the zoom out reveals that, aye, it's a wall. But until then, it was so close up it was impossible to tell what it was.

Can youse think of any other examples in either direction? So a zoom in on something that becomes abstract the closer it gets is also good.

It's almost like I can think of one but can't quite pull it out of the swamp in my head.

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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2021, 07:02:14 PM »
I want to say the opening to Lord of War where it zooms in on the bullet and follows the journey. Might be misremembering that though.

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2021, 07:28:40 PM »
Opening credits of InnerSpace take place over a strange looking background which, given the story of the film might be molecules or blood cells, is revealed to be a mega close up of ice cubes in a glass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcZlQZi_Pfc

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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2021, 08:01:56 PM »
The end of Men In Black does a big fuck off zoom out.

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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2021, 09:40:34 PM »
The start - and end - of Rollerball (the 1975 original).

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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2021, 10:03:42 PM »
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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2021, 10:10:23 PM »
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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2021, 01:39:41 AM »
Opening credits of the 1989 Batman

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2021, 09:52:32 AM »
Opening credits of the 1989 Batman

To this day, my Dad seems to think the hugely ubiquitous Bat logo from 1989 is a bat's mouth.

EDIT: Yes, he's a fucking idiot.

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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2021, 10:29:20 AM »

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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2021, 10:33:15 AM »
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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2021, 01:47:29 PM »
The director's cut of Alien Resurrection opens on a closeup of a snarling monster, before pulling back to reveal that it's just an insect. I assume Joss Whedon wrote that, thinking it was really witty, then got all stroppy when it was cut.

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2021, 01:49:48 PM »
To this day, my Dad seems to think the hugely ubiquitous Bat logo from 1989 is a bat's mouth.

EDIT: Yes, he's a fucking idiot.

When I first saw the tease for that film I couldn't see the bat logo. All I could see was weird gold teeth. 

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2021, 02:05:32 PM »
Does Blue Velvet have a shot zooming out from the inside of the dead ear or am I misremembering?

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2021, 02:22:28 PM »
A Serious Man

edit: just watched this again and it's actually cut so it's a bit of a cheat.

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2021, 06:59:50 PM »
Jurassic World opens with a big dinosaur foot that is actually a small bird foot:



Antz ends by panning out to show the film's setting from a human perspective:




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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2021, 07:04:35 PM »
The opening of every Rugrats episode

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2021, 07:41:30 PM »
Does Blue Velvet have a shot zooming out from the inside of the dead ear or am I misremembering?

Its a shift down to a white picket fence and roses isnt it?

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2021, 09:29:57 PM »
Its a shift down to a white picket fence and roses isnt it?

Oh that's right, not sure why but I have a vivid image in my head of it zooming from inside the ear. Must be thinking of something else!

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2021, 09:32:00 PM »
Opening shot of Contact.

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2021, 11:11:52 AM »
the end of From Dusk Till Dawn where it slowly zooms out to reveal the back of the stripper club is a massive ancient demon temple or something. wasnt even cgi just a painting for the bottom half of the screen. rly hated that film

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2021, 11:40:57 AM »
Opening shot of Contact.

Is that the door knob shot? That might be one of the best shots in cinema history


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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2021, 11:42:15 AM »
knob shot lol

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2021, 11:47:45 AM »
Beginning of Jabberwocky, when the camera pans back from the close-up of Terry Jones' staring-eyed dead face.

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2021, 11:54:44 AM »
The opening of every Rugrats episode

It was a great way to open every episode considering that's how babies and toddlers probably inspect things. I always fancied rewatching Rugrats. Maybe not the movies.

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2021, 12:04:08 PM »
I have some kind of memory of a film starting with a zoom out of an eye but can't think exactly what although I spose that might be just so many films having an early eye shot in them(Blade Runner, Under the Skin, Repulsion, etc), maybe combined with the Psycho shower scene zoom out in my head.

Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2021, 12:19:40 PM »
The ship/iron zoom out from The Last Jedi

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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2021, 01:14:14 PM »
I have some kind of memory of a film starting with a zoom out of an eye but can't think exactly what although I spose that might be just so many films having an early eye shot in them(Blade Runner, Under the Skin, Repulsion, etc), maybe combined with the Psycho shower scene zoom out in my head.

Star Trek: First Contact.

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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #28 on: March 05, 2021, 05:04:30 PM »
I have some kind of memory of a film starting with a zoom out of an eye but can't think exactly what although I spose that might be just so many films having an early eye shot in them(Blade Runner, Under the Skin, Repulsion, etc), maybe combined with the Psycho shower scene zoom out in my head.
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Re: Examples of when a zoom out reveals an object
« Reply #29 on: March 05, 2021, 05:24:22 PM »
The director's cut of Alien Resurrection opens on a closeup of a snarling monster, before pulling back to reveal that it's just an insect. I assume Joss Whedon wrote that, thinking it was really witty, then got all stroppy when it was cut.

Such a shitty shot as well, terrible CGI then there's the nonsensical thing of the dude squashing it, putting the gunk in a straw and blowing it the ships's window. I mean, what the fuck?!
Actually thinking about it, maybe it's all an allegory for the film itself. You think "here comes an Alien film" but then they squash that and turn it into some CGI mess in space. And of course - it blows.

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