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

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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 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 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. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Who is ‘Luce’? Kelvin Harrison Jr. gives a compelling answer in a twisty race drama," 31 July 2019 Over this establishing shot a girl is heard whispering a strange incantation. Maria Garcia, latimes.com, "Review: Zombies are the threat in the dark fairy tale ‘Endzeit — Ever After’," 25 June 2019 Conveniently, the Bachelorette did not visit Monument Avenue during last night's episode, but the statue of Jefferson Davis did appear in an establishing shot. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Wants To Have Its Cake & Be Political, Too," 3 July 2018 Either some poor editor painstakingly erased Mike from the establishing shots, or some poor editor plopped his Photoshopped spectral form into some random footage. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Proposal Is A Disturbing Anti-Women Episode Of Next," 19 June 2018 Rohmer doesn’t film a lot of big establishing shots or give the viewer a tour of Biarritz in montage. Christine Smallwood, New York Times, "The Strange, Enduring Appeal of Biarritz," 14 May 2018 The latter settled for filming a handful of establishing shots in Baltimore before sending star Oprah Winfrey and the rest of the cast to Georgia. Hannah Yasharoff, baltimoresun.com, "As ‘House of Cards’ nears end, Maryland aims to remain film contender," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of establishing shot

circa 1948, in the meaning defined above

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