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Trunk shot

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Trunk shot

A trunk shot in Reservoir Dogs.

The trunk shot is a cinematic camera angle which captures film from inside the trunk of a car. Though the trunk shot can be produced by placing the camera inside the trunk, the considerable bulk of a conventional movie camera and camera operator makes this difficult. Therefore, the shot is usually "cheated" by having the art department place a trunk door and some of the trunk frame close enough to the camera to make it appear to be shot from within a car. The trunk shot is a specialized type of low-angle shot.

In film

This camera angle is often noted to be the trademark of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who disputes that he puts the shot in his films as a trademark and simply asks, "Where would you put the camera?" Although he did not invent it, Tarantino popularized the trunk shot, which is featured in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Kill Bill. In Death Proof, Tarantino's traditional shot looking up at the actors from the trunk of a car is replaced by one looking up from under the hood.

Possibly the earliest trunk shot can be noted in the 1948 movie by Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome when Max, Master and the savage children are following Jedediah's son while escaping from their chasers guided by Entity. It is also used in the John Hughes (filmmaker) film Uncle Buck (1989), wherein Buck (John Candy) opens his trunk to reveal a tied up teenager who cheated on Buck's niece. The technique also has been used in the 1990 film Goodfellas in which the characters of Ray Liotta, [[Robert De

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