I have seen this type of shot enough that I frequently expect to see it anytime a car shot shows a side angle profile of the driver. I've begun to see a push in the other way now almost in acknowledgment of this type of shot, such as Parasite frequently using the exact camera angle with the Father frequently mentioning: "eyes on the road," to build tension, making the viewer almost expect a crash.

As someone who enjoys the youtube video essay format for movie reviews, I've learned that some film shots have earned themselves a special name because of how often they have been replicated. I have tried to google "Movies side angle car crash name" but I didn't find any hits. Does anyone know if this specific film shot has its own name?

Some examples of this look are:

Whiplash shows the truck as the camera pans back up Whiplash

Here is a very similar angle from No Country for Old Men but the car crashes from behind the camera No country for old men

Here is an example from Parasite which I think was designed to stress out the audience. Parasite intentionally stressing me out

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    Related: movies.stackexchange.com/questions/108961/…
    – GendoIkari
    Jun 27, 2021 at 15:47
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    movies.stackexchange.com/questions/108961/… does have a similar analysis, without conclusion so it can't be marked as a dupe. TV Tropes calls it Surprise car crash which would technically answer this question.
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 27, 2021 at 16:52
  • @Tetsujin ah darn, I saw the title and skipped it because I thought it was asking something different but that does seem like the answer. I think if you made an answer with the tv tropes link I would give it the checkmark, but if its a dupe then I'll close it, thanks.
    – akozi
    Jun 27, 2021 at 18:31
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    Personally, I'd be inclined towards marking as a dupe [which is not any kind of 'bad mark' just a linkup of two similar ideas] - though the questions aren't identical & the other has no real answer, any kind of link will push future searchers in the same direction. There is one auto-generated in the side-bar, but people tend to miss those.
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 27, 2021 at 18:41
  • Yeah that all sounds good by me! I don't have enough rep on this stack to mark as a duplicate but feel free to do that whenever. Cheers!
    – akozi
    Jun 27, 2021 at 18:45


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