"Look, can we stop talking like this? I'm getting very dizzy."
In this inverse of the Round Table Shot
, 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.
is a common subtrope. The Orbital Shot is often used in Bullet Time
. See also Dizzy Cam
, which is an Orbital Shot done with a handheld camera at a distressing speed.
Not to be confused
with Kill Sat
or Orbital Bombardment
, both an entirely different kind of orbital shot.
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Anime & Manga
- In the final episode of Steel Angel Kurumi 2, the animators' virtual camera does an Orbital Shot around Nako as she performs in the cello competition.
- This happens in Death Note, during a personal confrontation between L and Light.
- The ninja teams in the second opening of Naruto.
- There is one in Ouran High School Host Club around Renge, when she accuses the members of the male club of not being good enough.
- In the opening of the second season of K-On!, 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 Fate/Zero, as Kirei is told about the Holy Grail War.
- Episode 1 of Kotoura-san uses this during the Downer Beginning when Haruka's elementary classmates chant "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 Innocently Insensitive.
- Sailor Moon Crystal has a fairly elaborate and protracted one in its Transformation Sequence, where the spinning is paired with dizzying zooms and zoom-outs that give a three-dimensional view of the sparkly, prismatic CGI void the heroine transforms in.
- The Bleach anime's opening credits sequence ends on one of these of Ichigo.
Live Action TV
- Frequently used on LOST when "the whispers" are heard, including a shot of Sayid first hearing the whispers in "Solitary."
- The final scene of the Battlestar Galactica episode "Pegasus".
- Happens in the last episode of Carnivāle while Ben is healing people, spliced with the scene of the ferris wheel spinning.
- The Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Lie To Me", when Ford is inviting Buffy to come into his trap.
- Occasionally used on 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.
- Glee loves this technique, especially during solos.
- Used during several episodes in the Korean Series You Are Beautiful, such as Taekyung and Minam kissing.
- Used in the CBBC series Moondial, the first time Minty travels into the past.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Naked Time", the camera circles Spock as he loses control and begins to sob. Leonard Nimoy actually suggested this, as he thought it would be more powerful than a regular shot.
- Rick Astley's Lights Out music video makes EXTENSIVE use of the orbital shot, with mind-dizzying action lasting for almost the entire video.
- Lindsey Stirling uses this in her The Lord of the Rings medly. She stands in the wind on a hill by the sea, and the shot goes around and above/below her.
- 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.
- In Phantom Planet, the finale of Danny Phantom, Danny and Sam get one during a romantic moment.
- Used forebodingly in Watership Down, 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 Shrek, during a fight, as a Shout-Out to The Matrix.
- Attempted by Bloo in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends as he was making a movie about... something.
- Used in the The Legend of Korra episode "The Revelation" when Korra and Mako are fighting some chi-blockers.
- Mike, Lu & Og: In "Nobody's Nose", when the natives surround Mike while proclaiming her to be the "nose" of the First Day of Spring festival.
- The Simpsons
- "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.
- In an episode of Catscratch, the brothers visit Scotland to prove that Gordon is from the Highland Quid clan like he always says he is. When Gordon learns that he may not be from the clan, there's an orbital shot as the words "not from the Highland Quid clan" echo in the background and Gordon has a Heroic BSOD.
- My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks: Sunset Shimmer gets one of these during her transformation at the end of the movie.