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The Whip Pan is the act of panning the camera very rapidly from one subject to another, frequently blurring the images in between the subjects.

Used frequently in the more frenetic class of cartoon, in which it is exclusively referred to as "zip pan." Bonus points if it's accompanied by a "whoosh" sound effect or even an actual whip crack.

Used occasionally in live-action media to disguise a cut. This can be used to maintain the illusion of TheOner, or occasionally to make two scenes shot in completely different places seem like they're both in one setting.

Not to be confused with [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant a kitchen utensil used by dominatrices]].



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* It happens in ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'', complete with SpeedLines, for a conversation across a school gate. Because, [[MindScrew well...]]
%%* Happens once in ''Manga/KOn''.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/CitizenKane'' - Uses an artificial whip pan in the breakfast table montage showing the deterioration of Kane's first marriage. They are not true whip pans because the camera does not actually pan to or from the subject; instead, cross-dissolves and super-impositions are used to simulate whip pans.
* Whip pans are famously used in ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' to transition from Curtis and Monroe kissing on the yacht to Lemmon and Brown dancing in the ballroom.
* ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' makes liberal use of these. The target. Whipshot that lasts thirty seconds and takes a circuitous route back to the person with the gun.
* The "disguising a cut" variant is used to great effect in Creator/JossWhedon's movie ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', where two long shots were connected by a whip pan to make the scene look like TheOner.
* The movie ''$la$her$'' disguised all cuts with pans, often whip pans to keep the pace of the action. Cuts were done when no actors were in the camera, maintaining the illusion that the entire movie was a single shot done by a single cameraman present in the scene.
* Used frequently and hilariously in ''Film/HotFuzz'', accompanied by a whooshing sound.
** Also used sometimes in ''Spaced''. And pretty much any Creator/EdgarWright project, really.
* Used quite a few times at the beginning of the movie ''Snake Eyes'', in order to join up separate shots to make the first 12 minutes of the film look like one continuous take when it really wasn't.
* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'': The SpiderSense is portrayed via a long WhipPan from Spidey to the dangerous object, with a sound effect to indicate it.
* It's used to great effect in the trailer for ''Film/{{Magnolia}}''.
* Robert Rodriguez used whip pans at least once to disguise a cut. Salma Hayek was unable to film with the rest of the cast for some reason, so in one scene, they whip pan back and forth between Salma and a few mooks standing in opposite ends of a room. Of course, each side of the room is a completely different set shot at completely different times.
* Used in one scene of ''Film/APageOfMadness'', a film set in an insane asylum, to rapidly pan around to various insane inmates doing their crazy things. The speed of the cutting increases until the camera is left simply spinning for a little bit, to symbolize confusion.
* In ''Film/MidnightMary'', Creator/WilliamAWellman uses them to give small details about Mary's tough life. It's used very well and gives a modern feel the film when [[UsefulNotes/ThePreCodeEra pre-code's]] generally had pacing issues.
* Experimental film ''Film/DogStarMan'' has many of these, many sequences of the camera constantly whipping around. It's part of the whole movie's motif, which includes many out-of-focus shots and superimpositions, telling a deliberately MindScrew story about a man struggling to chop down a tree that seems to also be an allegory about existence.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Used on ''Series/That70sShow'' when the characters have been smoking marijuana and talking to each other. (Supposedly around the bong.)
* Used frequently on ''Series/NYPDBlue''.
* They are all over ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* Standard scene-change method in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle,'' with whoosh.
* Used most of the time on ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' as a transition to Animated Lizzie's comments.
* Scene-change method in the first season ''Series/Zoey101''.
* Used on ''Series/CornerGas'' when it shows what someone's thinking.
* Signifies a flashback on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* This effect was used countless times on ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' when Rod Serling shows up to introduce the story.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' used them to cut to "flashbacks" during its LiveEpisode.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' uses this for cuts.
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' often used it, especially when transitioning to a CutawayGag.
* ''Series/TenOClockLive'' uses this every time they transition between different parts of the set. Odd as it's a live show and so it isn't really necessary but it presumably makes it easier to put out out clips of the show to post online.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games will often WhipPan between the defense and prosecution, most often at the beginning of trials. This also happens between an attorney and the witness in the middle; when panning from one attorney to the other, the witness is not shown (possibly due to graphical limitations on creating a blur effect).


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* A similar blurring effect was used in the ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' story arc, "Dave Davenport Has Come Unstuck in Time" to show jumps between different points in Dave's life. Especially seen in [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=44458 this week of strips]] when things are about to collapse.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' often does this when two people in the confessional are talking about each other.
--> '''Gwen:''' (In confessional) Cody's like a little brother. An ''annoying'' little brother.
--> ''(whip pan to Cody playing AirGuitar in confessional)''
** Also done several times during "Haute Camp-ture".
---> '''Courtney:''' Who would ''I'' vote for? ... I can't believe I'm saying this but... ''Duncan''. Don't tell anyone!
---> ''(camera zooms out to reveal fellow campers standing around her)''
---> '''Beth:''' Oh, we already know. You were ''aaaall'' over him.
---> ''(whip pan to Noah sitting by the pool)''
---> '''Noah:''' My golden lab drools less over a rib-eye steak.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' uses this in the opening.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* We all experience a first-person view of this effect every time we focus our eyes from one object to another, complete with the blurring of vision mid-movement, thanks to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saccadic_masking saccadic masking]]. The brain cannot process images fully unless the subject consciously focuses on what's being looked at, so it doesn't bother midway. Thus, the blurring effect translates as such to the cinematic whip pan.