->''"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 used to give the impression that the subject is spinning.

This was a particularly common shot in music videos during the 1980s. Sometimes after a blurred orbit the setting might be altered to simulate a sudden change. See also DizzyCam, which is an Orbital Shot done with a handheld camera at a distressing speed.

OrbitalKiss is a common subtrope. The Orbital Shot is often used in BulletTime.

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



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the final episode of ''[[Anime/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 ''Manga/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 ''LightNovel/FateZero'', as Kirei is told about the Holy Grail War.
* Episode 1 of ''Manga/KotouraSan'' uses this camera trick 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 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.
* The ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime's opening credits sequence ends on one of these of Ichigo.
* The anime adaptation of ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' employs this when Rei let's out a CatharticScream in an empty park after Yasui takes out his frustration over his loss onto Rei.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''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.
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'':
** Happens to Fiona during a fight, as a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheMatrix''.
** ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter'': Just before Shrek snaps at the birthday party and lets out a loud roar.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'':
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'': Sunset Shimmer gets one of these during her transformation at the end of the movie.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'': In a nice bit of animation, the "camera" does a rotation around Human Twilight for a part of her solo song, "What More Is Out There". The "Blooper Reel" released shortly after the movie then parodies it, by showing Twilight tripping during the rotating shot.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'': Again with Sunset Shimmer, during her solo song "Embrace the Magic", the camera rotate around her while she's on the pier, showing off the background of the camp and lake in the process.
* Very much overused in ''WesternAnimation/NormOfTheNorth''. The camera will frequently orbit around the characters, often with little rhyme nor reason. [[https://youtu.be/JqyBIhmbuh0?t=435 Case in point.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'': While Rémy adds ingredients to the soup just before he notices Linguini watching him.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/BadBoysII'', 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 ''Film/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.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'':
** Bruce Wayne and [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] get a lot of overlapping close-up orbital shots during the scene 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-]]Podcast/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.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', after Cap escapes the S.H.I.E.L.D. holding area in Manhattan, he ends up in Times Square. The spinning camera nicely represents his bewilderment at the sights and sounds of the modern world. "Times Square Orbital Shot" could be a trope on its own.
** In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', during Nick Fury's famous quote -- "I recognize the council has made a decision, but given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it." -- the camera is orbiting around him and the holographic screens showing the council.
* ''Film/APearlInTheForest'' has a variant on this. Sednem escapes from her village after she is raped. As she breaks down in hysterics in the forest, the forest spins around her, a shot that was presumably captured by placing the actress and the camera together on a rotating platform.
* The opening scene of ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' at the diner, where the protagonists are having a [[SeinfeldianConversation random conversation]] while the camera spins around the table.
* The extended cut of ''Film/KingKong2005'' includes an OrbitalShot of a sailor being EatenAlive by the piranhadon.
* ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg'': Director Creator/StanleyKramer was nervous about his long courtroom examination scenes coming across as boring on the screen. So he filled the movie with swooping, circling camera movement in and around the characters. The most extreme example of this, and the most famous shot in the movie, is the scene where the camera does a complete 360-degree orbit around Col. Lawson during his opening statement.
* In ''[[Film/{{Twelve}} 12]]'', a Russian remake of ''Film/TwelveAngryMen'', the first vote of the jury is captured in a 3 1/2-minute tracking shot that makes a full circle around the jurors. Just when the camera completes its circle and it like it seems the jury will be done in five minutes, the camera zooms in on the RogueJuror casting his lone Not Guilty vote.
* ''Film/{{Primer}}:'' Seen when Aaron realizes Abe wants to make a bigger box.

[[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|2003}}'' 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 "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E7LieToMe 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 ''Series/YouAreBeautiful'', such as [[spoiler:Taekyung and Minam kissing.]]
* Used in the CBBC series ''Series/{{Moondial}}'', the first time Minty travels into the past.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime 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.
* Almost OncePerEpisode in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', especially in the first season. When the Enterprise D is about to engage its warp drive, the virtual camera will start at either the port or starboard bow, track a full circle around the ship, and end at the stern on the same side before the engines engage.

* 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'' medley. She stands in the wind on a hill by the sea, and the shot goes around and above/below her.
* Music/PhilCollins' music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbDsfvpRbZs "Strangers Like Me"]] from Disney's ''[[{{Disney/Tarzan}} Tarzan]]'' makes extensive use of this, at least in the live-action segments.

[[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/Fallout3'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' does 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhantomPlanet'', the finale of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', [[spoiler: Danny and Sam]] get one during a romantic moment.
* Attempted by Bloo in ''WesternAnimation/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.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{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 HeroicBSOD.
* Occurs in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Fuzzy Logic" when Fuzzy does a BigNo after seeing the squirrel holding up his banjo.
* Pearl gets a very dramatic and aesthetically pleasing one in the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Mr. Greg".
* "WesternAnimation/VerwitterteMelodie" (1943) includes what was a very sophisticated shot for animation of the era, in which the camera does a full 360-degree turn around a record player that a bee finds forgotten in a meadow.