Whip zoom

A whip zoom (sometimes referred to as the "snap zoom") is a type of camera shot in which the camera zooms in or out quickly, allowing the viewer to focus on the subject.[1] Another use of the whip zoom is to enable the shot to be edited as a cut from a long shot to a close up, or vice versa.[2]

This technique is used by several directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Kevin Smith and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Examples can be seen in the movies Kill Bill: Volume 2, Goodfellas, Tusk,[3] Kundo: Age of the Rampant, Man of Steel and Eight Hours Don't Make a Day.


  1. ^ Kim, Julia. "Camera Techniques". slideshare.net. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  2. ^ Hood, Garry. "Zoom Lens Techniques". Sign Video. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  3. ^ Talk Jericho, Episode #666 Timecode 1:09