Swish pan

Swish pan is a movement in filmmaking that involves the camera following a moving object or character across the screen. The camera quickly rotates in a smooth arc to follow the subject, then returns to its original position.

The purpose of the swish pan is to create a sense of suspense and surprise the audience by displaying more information than was available before the camera's movement. Swish pans are often used with setup footage because they allow viewers to see previously hidden information.

Also called

  • flick pan
  • zip pan
  • whip pan.

A panning shot in which the intervening scene moves past too quickly to be observed. It approximates psychologically the action of the human eye as it moves from one subject to another.

Technical of Swish Pan

The most common type of swish pan follows a character as they move away from the screen with a handheld camera. The camera starts in the center screen and moves to one side, following the movements of the subject. It ends on the opposite side of the center screen a little higher than it started.

A typical swish pan takes between 3/8 and 1/2 second and has an arc between 60 and 90 degrees. Although there are no set rules for how tall or far apart two shots should be, a good way to determine these values is to use a rubber eyecup with your ruler.

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