Usually deployed in any movie which involves a character placing or retrieving something in the trunk (boot, if you're using British English) of a car. POV will usually be from within the trunk looking up at the character opening it.
Popularised by Quentin Tarantino
who has a Trunk Shot in all of his films.
See Punk in the Trunk
for one of the ways this shot can be used. Distant relative of the Huddle Shot
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Films — Live-Action
- In Supernatural, the Winchesters keep their weapons in the trunk, and so it represents their "family business." The last shot of the pilot is a dramatic trunk shot with the trunk slamming shut serving as a cut to black. Also an example of Book Ends, as season 2 ends with the exact same shot, and line/theme ("We've got work to do.").
- My Mad Fat Diary uses this trope in its first episode, when Karim is first introduced.
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia uses this trope in "Paddy's Pub: The Worst Bar in Philadelphia" Given the context, it may be an additional shout-out to Tartatino's films in general
- Life on Mars: Gene Hunt does this to Sam Tyler at least once.
- Monk: In "Mr. Monk and the Other Detective," Monk and Marty Eels look at the store manager's car and the camera shooting them from inside the trunk.
- Pilot episode of The Streets of San Francisco (1972) contains one near the end of an episode, when Stone, Keller and Malone find a chest with victim's belongings.
- Breaking Bad: In the Cold Open for the Season 5 Premier, this shot is used as Walt looks at the M60 in his trunk.
- The Walking Dead
- In "And His Watch is Ended" of Game of Thrones, Varys shows Tyrion a trapped sorcerer that is kept in a large box, bound and gagged, Varys and Tyrion are shown watching him from this angle, with part of the lid and the box visible.
- The music video for the Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl" uses the trunk shot when the girls take Earl for dumping. It uses a similar shot (not in a trunk) earlier when Earl's on the floor dying of poison.
- The page picture for the Grindcore group Pig Destroyer.
- Straight Outta Compton's album cover.