Created By: WestrimDecember 20, 2011 Last Edited By: WestrimFebruary 2, 2013
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discard Camera Does a Barrel Roll

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You don't have to be a pilot to Do A Barrel Roll; sometimes the camera will do it for you.

This is a visual effect thing where the camera does a barrel roll for one of a variety of reasons; to show reaction to the environment, the object/person being followed rotated, to give the viewer a sense of the action, because the cameraman actually rotated the camera around, the cameraman himself rotated, etc.

Examples:
  • In one of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's notorious "Endless Eight" episodes, there's a scene near the end where the clock is ticking away the seconds until midnight when the Groundhog Day Loop will restart, and the camera rotates once a second to keep the clock's second hand upright. This is then followed through in all of the succeeding shots, where the camera isn't on the clock but is still rotating in the same way.
  • As seen in the opening credits of Dragon Ball.
  • Done in Luigis Mansion before the Final Boss.
  • Done abruptly in the climax of Danger Diabolik, as the Anti Hero gets covered in molten gold.

Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • December 22, 2011
    MisterTimor
    As seen in the opening credits of Dragon Ball.
  • December 22, 2011
    NESBoy
    Done in Luigis Mansion before the Final Boss.
  • January 19, 2012
    NESBoy
    Done abruptly in the climax of Danger Diabolik, as the Anti Hero gets covered in molten gold.
  • February 24, 2012
    LeeM
    Does this count? In one of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's notorious "Endless Eight" episodes, there's a scene near the end where the clock is ticking away the seconds until midnight when the Groundhog Day Loop will restart, and the camera rotates once a second to keep the clock's second hand upright. This is then followed through in all of the succeeding shots, where the camera isn't on the clock but is still rotating in the same way.
  • February 24, 2012
    captainpat
    It's best to mention what's going on in the scene.
  • March 8, 2012
    Westrim
    In examples or the trope description?
  • February 1, 2013
    Westrim
    This idled for nearly a year, bumping it back into consciousness.
  • February 1, 2013
    Wutaz
    Nobody would notice this effect if it wasn't a meme. Why exclude all other forms of fancy camerawork?

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