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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Motivate Your Truck in and Truck Out Dolly Moves

All shots, whether static or moving, should be motivated, but this holds additionally true for dolly shots that either push into a set or pull out of it. Usually the motion of an object or a character is ample motivation to truck in. The camera will seek out more detail and more information as it explores a deeper area of the set or an enlarged section of the visible area of interest. This pushing in and exploring is a natural move and replicates what a human might do in order to see more detail—get closer to the item of concern.

Trucking out, however, is a more unnatural movement. The reverse motion of the truck out implies a person leaving a scene walking backward—not something that humans are ...

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