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9th Mar '16 4:01:33 AM StFan
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-->-- '''Tom Servo''', on an overly long EstablishingShot in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'''s riffing of ''Film/{{Werewolf}}''

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-->-- '''Tom Servo''', on Servo''' (on an overly long EstablishingShot in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'''s riffing of ''Film/{{Werewolf}}''
Establishing Shot), ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', "''Film/{{Werewolf}}''"



Establishing shots have fallen out of favor somewhat since the 90s. Current movies and TV dramas (''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', ''Series/{{Lost}}'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', to name a few) go right into the action of the scene. Captions or title cards may be used instead to establish location or time setting. The ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise uses distinctive title cards to establish time and place.

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Establishing shots have fallen out of favor somewhat since the 90s.'90s. Current movies and TV dramas (''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', ''Series/{{Lost}}'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', to name a few) go right into the action of the scene. Captions or title cards may be used instead to establish location or time setting. The ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise uses distinctive title cards to establish time and place.






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* Just about every movie with a scene inside {{CIA}} headquarters involves a shot of a character walking over the seal near the main entrance at Langley, including ''Film/PatriotGames'' and ''Film/MissionImpossible''.
** The same pattern is used for parodies of the CIA, like Omega Sector in ''Film/TrueLies'' or even the LAPD lavishly overdone with water fountains in ''Film/LastActionHero''.
** Also Taggart Transcontinental in ''Film/AtlasShrugged'', itself a kind of Randian private enterprise version of central intelligence. Okay not really, but it follows the same pattern establishment shot.
** US Robotics in the film ''Film/IRobot''

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* Just about every movie with a scene inside {{CIA}} headquarters involves a shot of a character walking over the seal near the main entrance at Langley, including ''Film/PatriotGames'' and ''Film/MissionImpossible''.
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''Film/MissionImpossible''. The same pattern is used for parodies of the CIA, like Omega Sector in ''Film/TrueLies'' or even the LAPD lavishly overdone with water fountains in ''Film/LastActionHero''.
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''Film/LastActionHero''. Also Taggart Transcontinental in ''Film/AtlasShrugged'', itself a kind of Randian private enterprise version of central intelligence. Okay not really, but it follows the same pattern establishment shot.
** US Robotics in the film ''Film/IRobot''
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-->'''[[WebVideo/BestOfTheWorst Rich Evans]]:''' 'They had to establish the prairie, so they could establish the farm, so they could establish the farmhouse, so they could establish the kitchen counter.'

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-->'''[[WebVideo/BestOfTheWorst Rich Evans]]:''' 'They They had to establish the prairie, so they could establish the farm, so they could establish the farmhouse, so they could establish the kitchen counter.'

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** Not the only video game to do so, some even start at the EXIT, and work their way backwards, subtly (Or not so subtly), showcasing the route, and obstacles.

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* The ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' did some when the party was split.

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** Not the only video game to do so, some even start at the EXIT, and work their way backwards, subtly (Or not so subtly), showcasing the route, and obstacles.

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* The ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' did some when the party was split.




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** Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' often shows the outside of the Smiths' house, especially at the beginning of episodes.

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** * Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' often shows the outside of the Smiths' house, especially at the beginning of episodes.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' makes use of these. Every time we see the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, a crow caws in the background.
** In earlier seasons, a shot of the supermarket would always be accompanied with a stray shopping cart drifting into the street.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' makes use of these. Every time we see the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, a crow caws in the background.
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background. In earlier seasons, a shot of the supermarket would always be accompanied with a stray shopping cart drifting into the street.street.
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17th Feb '16 10:03:29 AM DalekExterminer
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* Most ''Series/ModernFamily'' episodes begin with an exterior shot of the Dunphey or Pritchet house, depending on which one the following scene takes place in. It's worth noting that the dialog often begins with the establishing shot instead of the scene itself.
17th Feb '16 10:02:03 AM DalekExterminer
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* Most ''Series/ModernFamily'' episodes begin with an exterior shot of the Dunphey or Pritchet house, depending on which one the following scene takes place in. It's worth noting that the dialog often begins with the establishing shot instead of the scene itself.
17th Jan '16 8:25:22 PM atlasmickey
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** The same pattern is used for parodies of the CIA, like Omega Sector in ''Film/TrueLies.''

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** The same pattern is used for parodies of the CIA, like Omega Sector in ''Film/TrueLies.'' ''Film/TrueLies'' or even the LAPD lavishly overdone with water fountains in ''Film/LastActionHero''.


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* The CIA again in basically any show where they go to CIA headquarters someone walks over the seal in the main entrance, including ''Homeland''.
15th Jan '16 10:22:55 PM RavenWilder
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' uses a fair number of establishing shots, particularly of TheArk space station. Most notably, the opening credits play out over various locations on Earth as seen from above, with the last location shown [[CouchGag changing each episode]] so that it also serves as an EstablishingShot for the first scene shown after the credits.
31st Dec '15 8:56:52 PM YeOldeLuke
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* ''VideoGame/OedipusInMyInventory'' uses the same establishing shot of Thebes in between every day.
27th Dec '15 8:21:28 PM nombretomado
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* {{Psych}} likes to use establishing shots of the police station, the titular Psych office, and [[CaliforniaDoubling and what's supposed to be a Santa Barbara beach outside of said office]].

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* {{Psych}} ''Series/{{Psych}}'' likes to use establishing shots of the police station, the titular Psych office, and [[CaliforniaDoubling and what's supposed to be a Santa Barbara beach outside of said office]].
28th Nov '15 10:58:51 AM nombretomado
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* Subverted on ''{{Frasier}}'', where the exterior of Frasier's building was seen just once in 11 years. The establishing shots were replaced by witty title cards.
** Similarly, while Sacred Heart Hospital in ''{{Scrubs}}'' frequently has an establishing shot, the shot for the apartment building where the main characters live is only seen a few times in the very first episodes, and then very rarely afterward.
* ''{{ER}}'' also has a subversion, in that the outside of the hospital is not shown until the very end of the final episode. But it's played straight with the inside of the hospital, as the second scene of the first episode follows Dr. Mark Greene through a hallway of the ER towards the admitting desk.
* An episode of ''PrisonBreak'' shows an establishing shot of Tijuana with a Bital bank sign in the foreground... [[AnachronismStew but the problem is, that by that time, Bital was already replaced by HSBC.]]

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* Subverted on ''{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', where the exterior of Frasier's building was seen just once in 11 years. The establishing shots were replaced by witty title cards.
** Similarly, while Sacred Heart Hospital in ''{{Scrubs}}'' ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' frequently has an establishing shot, the shot for the apartment building where the main characters live is only seen a few times in the very first episodes, and then very rarely afterward.
* ''{{ER}}'' ''Series/{{ER}}'' also has a subversion, in that the outside of the hospital is not shown until the very end of the final episode. But it's played straight with the inside of the hospital, as the second scene of the first episode follows Dr. Mark Greene through a hallway of the ER towards the admitting desk.
* An episode of ''PrisonBreak'' ''Series/PrisonBreak'' shows an establishing shot of Tijuana with a Bital bank sign in the foreground... [[AnachronismStew but the problem is, that by that time, Bital was already replaced by HSBC.]]
17th Oct '15 4:23:04 PM nombretomado
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** And every apartment in Italy has a view of either the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Colosseum. This was parodied in ''PoliceSquad!'', when Drebin by means of voiceover informs the viewer that he is going to Little Italy to follow up a lead, and the Colosseum is shown in the background. A subsequent interior scene shows the Pisa tower outside the window.

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** And every apartment in Italy has a view of either the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Colosseum. This was parodied in ''PoliceSquad!'', ''Series/PoliceSquad!'', when Drebin by means of voiceover informs the viewer that he is going to Little Italy to follow up a lead, and the Colosseum is shown in the background. A subsequent interior scene shows the Pisa tower outside the window.
27th Aug '15 7:05:28 PM nombretomado
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* Mocked by ''MST3K'' in the movie ''Zombie Nightmare'' when an establishing building shot is followed by a rather disparate interior shot ("It went from a high-rise to someone's basement.").

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* Mocked by ''MST3K'' ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' in the movie ''Zombie Nightmare'' when an establishing building shot is followed by a rather disparate interior shot ("It went from a high-rise to someone's basement.").
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