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Whip pan

Extremely rapid camera movement from left to right or right to left, appearing as an image blur.

A whip pan is a type of pan shot in which the camera pans so quickly that the picture blurs into indistinct streaks. It is commonly used as a transition between shots, and can indicate the passage of time or a frenetic pace of action.

This technique is used liberally by directors Anatole Litvak, Sam Raimi, Wes Anderson and Edgar Wright. It is also frequently seen in the Saw films whenever someone is struggling in a trap and is often seen in 1970s martial arts movies.

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camera
directors anatole litvak
frenetic pace action
indistinct streaks
passage time
picture
technique
transition shots
type pan shot
whip pan

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Last modified on June 4 2019
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