->''"Look, can we stop talking like this? I'm getting very dizzy."''
-->-- '''Seto Kaiba''', ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''

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In this inverse of the RoundTableShot, there is only one subject around whom the camera circles (usually on a {{dolly}} track), so as to provide a rotating view from all sides. Sometimes gives the impression that the subject is spinning.

This was a particularly common shot in music videos during the 1980s.

OrbitalKiss is a common subtrope. The Orbital Shot is often used in BulletTime. See also DizzyCam, which is an Orbital Shot done with a handheld camera at a distressing speed.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with KillSat or OrbitalBombardment, both an entirely different kind of orbital shot.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the final episode of ''[[SteelAngelKurumi Steel Angel Kurumi 2]]'', the animators' virtual camera does an Orbital Shot around Nako as she performs in the cello competition.
* This happens in ''Manga/DeathNote'', during a personal confrontation between L and Light.
* The ninja teams in the second opening of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
* There is one in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' around Renge, when she accuses the members of the male club of not being good enough.
* In the opening of the second season of ''Manga/KOn'', there is an orbital shot around the whole band as they're playing in the music room.
* This is seen in the first episode of ''FateZero'', as Kirei is told about the Holy Grail War.
* Episode 1 of ''Manga/KotouraSan'' uses this during the DownerBeginning when Haruka's elementary classmates chant "[[YouMonster Monster! Monster! Monster!]]" towards her after they figured out she has {{Telepathy}}. It is done ''very effectively'' since that moment forever and clearly establishes her {{Trigger}} as well as gives the viewers the sense of loneliness and betrayal even though she was being InnocentlyInsensitive.
* ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' has a fairly elaborate and protracted one in its TransformationSequence, where the spinning is paired with dizzying zooms and zoom-outs that give a three-dimensional view of the sparkly, prismatic {{C|omputerGeneratedImages}}GI void the heroine transforms in.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/BadBoys 2'', when the villain [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUH3JQjcweM calls the heroes]] to inform them that he holds the lead girl (who happens to be one hero's sister and the other's girlfriend) hostage, the camera does a dramatic Orbital Shot as one of them delivers the punchline "Shit just got real!"
* Sent up in ''Film/HotFuzz'', where the camera spins around the protagonists as they deliver these immortal lines:
-->'''Angel:''' You're a doctor. Deal with it.
-->'''Danny:''' Yeah, motherfucker.
* Parodied in ''Superhero Movie'': Dragonfly and the Hourglass confront each other while the camera spins around...[[NoFourthWall making both of them rather dizzy]].
* Famously, ''Film/TheMatrix'' during BulletTime.
** Homaged in ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', when Sing confronts the bullies with a soccer ball while the coach watches.
* Used during Pita's kidnapping in ''Man On Fire''.
* In the Twilight film, this happens whenever Bella and Edward stand beside each other, to denote the seriousness of their conversation. It got really annoying, really fast.
* Done to excess in the final rendition of 'This Is Me' in ''CampRock'' when Shane and Mitchie meet on the middle of a catwalk-esque podium to sing.
* The forced Mind Meld between Spock and Valeris in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''
* The Joker and Rachel in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' in his second "You wanna know how I got these scars?" scene where he crashes Harvey Dent's fundraiser.
* Bruce Wayne and [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] get a lot of overlapping close-up orbital shots during the scene in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' where they are dancing together.
** During Batman's first fight with Bane, there is an orbital shot of Bane after Batman tries killing the lights.
* In the [[SoBadItsGood just-begging-for-a-]]{{Rifftrax}} horror film ''Darkhunters'', there is a scene where a demon is holding Carol Miller by her jacket and pulling her up to his face, and while they talk the camera is constantly panning around them. It's not a continuous shot but a series of half-orbits around the two of them, zoomed in close to their faces. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtH_27NEprk here]] starting at 51:50. It lasts nearly three minutes, so have a bucket handy...
** Dizziness exacerbated by forcing you to read subtitles during the whole thing!
* A fairly brilliant one in ''Film/MurderInTheFirst,'' orbiting a cell set in the middle of a room. Thanks to flyaway walls, the camera appears to move in and out of the cell.
* Abused a lot in ''Film/HouseOfTheDead'', during the [[TheWarSequence big zombie fight scene]].
* A long one at the climax of ''Film/TalkRadio''.
* This happens every time Nash has a EurekaMoment in ''Film/ABeautifulMind''.
* Done in ''Film/PublicEnemies'' during the start of the second bank robbery. The camera starts level with their gloved hands. Then it swivels around Pete Pierpont as they enter.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', after [[spoiler:Cap escapes the S.H.I.E.L.D. holding area in Manhattan, he ends up in Times Square]]. [[spoiler:The spinning camera nicely represents his bewilderment at the sights and sounds of the modern world.]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': When Scar is interrogating Simba in front of his pride over his "responsibility" for Mufasa's death.
* ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': Happens when the Queen drinks her potion and begins to transform into an old hag.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Frequently used on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' when "the whispers" are heard, including a shot of Sayid first hearing the whispers in "Solitary."
* The final scene of the ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' episode "Pegasus".
* Happens in the last episode of ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' while Ben is healing people, spliced with the scene of the ferris wheel spinning.
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Lie To Me", when Ford is inviting Buffy to come into his trap.
* Occasionally used on ''Series/MythBusters'' to intro a special guest (such as the Navy pilot who took Adam up for the sonic boom vs glass tests).
* Used on the 2009 version of ''V'' in episode 5 when Anna talks to someone.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' loves this technique, especially during solos.
* Used during several episodes in the KoreanSeries ''YouAreBeautiful''.
* Used in the CBBC series ''{{Moondial}}'', the first time Minty travels into the past.
* In the ''StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Naked Time", the camera circles Spock as he loses control and [[InelegantBlubbering begins to sob]]. Creator/LeonardNimoy actually suggested this, as he thought it would be more powerful than a regular shot.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/RickAstley's Lights Out music video makes EXTENSIVE use of the orbital shot, with mind-dizzying action lasting for almost the entire video.
* Music/LindseyStirling uses this in her ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' medly. She stands in the wind on a hill by the sea, and the shot goes around and above/below her.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Used in one of the later conversations with Jack in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', when the camera rotates around her as she tells Shepard about her boyfriend's sacrifice and the effect it had on her.
* VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl's Subspace Emissary mode uses this once, when Ness pulls a BigDamnHeroes moment and destroys [[spoiler: Pokey's statue]].
* Happens when you idle in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' did this in five panels, in the middle of a fight in a crowded nightclub. It's about as confusing as you'd expect, and it's entirely possible to miss the fact that it's the ''camera'' that's rotating, not Kimiko.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In WesternAnimation/PhantomPlanet, the finale of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', [[spoiler: Danny and Sam]] get one during a romantic moment.
* Used forebodingly in ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'', when Hazel's group are inside Cowslip's warren. They're bunched up in the middle of a large chamber with multiple entrances, and the perspective rotates around the room, looking at them through each entrance in turn. It's creepy, because two or three resident rabbits crouch anxiously inside each tunnel, out of the newcomers' view, and are eavesdropping on their conversation.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', during a fight, as a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* Attempted by Bloo in ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' as he was making a movie about... something.
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "The Revelation" when Korra and Mako are fighting some chi-blockers.
* ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'': In "Nobody's Nose", when the natives surround Mike while proclaiming her to be the "nose" of the First Day of Spring festival.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** "Mother Simpson": When Mona sees Joe Namith's wavy hair and opens up to the wild 1960s culture. During this moment, the house background turns into psychedelic, colorful graphics.
** "All About Lisa": When Lisa gets applause from the audience at Krusty's show and feels the sensation of popularity for the first time.
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