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 Late in the film, an aerial establishing shot of the Hartford skyline — Science Center, Gold Building, Boat Building, etc. — precedes the Wolf Pack scene, in which extras wear Wolf Pack gear. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 17 Dec. 2020 So, no, the establishing shot of the lot isn’t meant as a jab at cinema. David Sims, The Atlantic, 4 Dec. 2020 For the establishing shot of the Imperial Palace, Caro and her team looked to Hengdien in the Zhejiang province. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 8 Sep. 2020

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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 25 Oct. 2021.

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