establishing shot

noun

Definition of establishing shot

: a usually long shot in film or video used at the beginning of a sequence to establish an overview of the scene that follows

Examples of establishing shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the establishing shot of the Imperial Palace, Caro and her team looked to Hengdien in the Zhejiang province. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "All The Breathtaking Locations Featured In Disney’s Live-Action Mulan," 8 Sep. 2020 For the establishing shot of the Imperial Palace, Caro and her team looked to Hengdien in the Zhejiang province. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "All The Breathtaking Locations Featured In Disney’s Live-Action Mulan," 8 Sep. 2020 For the establishing shot of the Imperial Palace, Caro and her team looked to Hengdien in the Zhejiang province. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "All The Breathtaking Locations Featured In Disney’s Live-Action Mulan," 8 Sep. 2020 For the establishing shot of the Imperial Palace, Caro and her team looked to Hengdien in the Zhejiang province. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "All The Breathtaking Locations Featured In Disney’s Live-Action Mulan," 7 Sep. 2020 Even some of the establishing shots (including the Aqua Tower with its distinctive exterior) are slightly more interesting than your run of the mill b-roll. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "‘Pearson’ review: The Gina Torres-led ‘Suits’ spinoff dives into the world of Chicago politics," 15 July 2019 Residents of the San Francisco Bay Area—and anyone who works in tech, really—will get a kick out of the languorous establishing shots and scene-setting of Devs, the new series on Hulu from writer-director Alex Garland, premiering March 5. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Inside Devs, a Dreamy Silicon Valley Quantum Thriller," 4 Mar. 2020 The director, Julius Onah, plays with the image of a box more than once in the establishing shots of Luce’s school, a rectangular building with darkened windows, and also in the rows of student lockers that figure into the plot. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Who is ‘Luce’? Kelvin Harrison Jr. gives a compelling answer in a twisty race drama," 15 Aug. 2019 Other moments that would leave baseball fans shaking their heads included when the marquee outside Chicago’s Wrigley Field is shown as an establishing shot for a road game. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Remembering that time the Padres hired a 12-year-old manager ...," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of establishing shot

circa 1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Establishing shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/establishing%20shot. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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