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The most common form of the surprise car crash shot has the camera inside a moving car, with the frame showing the driver or a passenger in profile and (past them) a side window framing the world beyond. Suddenly, the front of another vehicle slides into view as it collides with the side of the car. (This is the shot asked about in "How do they create the side-impact-crash “from inside the car” shots?".)

My question: where was this shot first used?

Examples of the shot from films:

Adaptation (2002)

Whiplash (2014)

  • Darnit, I thought it was Cold Feet, but that's probably 2003 - Newspaper article looking back at the character, with video – taking a break May 2 at 8:19
  • From browsing the TV Tropes article, Buster Keaton used a variant of that trope way back in 1925, though he slams head-on into a tree rather than getting T-boned by another car, so I don't think it counts. Other than that I can't see any examples that predate Adaptation., though I'm sure there must be one. – F1Krazy May 2 at 10:11
  • @F1Krazy: indeed, "Seven Chances" uses a different shot than is being asked about. – outis May 2 at 18:42
  • I don't know if Adaptation was the first or not, but early 2000s seems about right for when I started seeing this shot get used. And I recall it seemed to explode in popularity very shortly after the first time I saw it. – Steve-O May 4 at 20:37

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