Establishing shot

Establishes the environment of a scene; it can be anytime during the scene


  • Provides a considerable amount of information: context, time, place, characters, etc…
  • The revelation of the latest information does not fully allow the viewer to actively seeks any information

Related effects: Establishing sound
Related induced effect: Temporal and spatial order
Related inductor effect: Set design and props; Context variables

(bordwell, 2009)

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