The Perfect Shots of ‘Vertigo’


This week’s Shot by Shot podcast tackles one of the greatest films of all-time.

We’re going all in for the latest episode of Shot by Shot, the official cinematography podcast of One Perfect Shot and Film School Rejects, in which myself and co-host Geoff Todd are talking about a film most consider to be one of the best ever made, and some consider the best ever made: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece Vertigo, which was shot by Hitch’s most frequent collaborator, Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Burks.

Vertigo is hands down Hitchcock’s most experimental film, and as a result, it boasts the most innovative and nuanced cinematography of the director’s career, including the dolly zoom, a shot so synonymous with the film it was once primarily known as “the Vertigo shot.”

If this is your first listen to our show, the format’s simple: each week Geoff and I each pick a few shots from a certain film and discuss their effect and significance. Already we’ve done episodes on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mad Max: Fury Road, Silence, Drive, and Shaun of the Dead, and next week we’re talking about the Coen Brothers’ Fargo, a film shot by the man I for one consider our greatest living cinematographer: Roger Deakins.

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Dig the ‘cast below, and below that a gallery of the shots featured in this week’s discussion.


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