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[[caption-width-right:350:As demonstrated by Creator/ScottMcCloud in ''ComicBook/UnderstandingComics''.]]

The AspectMontage is a camera device, though it can appear in print media as well. Rather than show one wide establishing shot, a montage of environmental scenes are used to establish mood and location. The details chosen allow a director to bring some aspect of the setting into sharp focus, allowing a complex scene a bit more direction.

For example, to establish that a scene is set in a kitchen, rather than just show a wide EstablishingShot of the kitchen, a director will show a close up of a pot on the stove, a table, a sink full of dishes, other details that make us think "Kitchen". This device adds a distinct flavor to the location, and makes it feel less generic.

By revealing smaller sections of an image the same image may be displayed longer. This spares the animation budget for higher-intensity scenes. Can be a component of the DecompressedComic.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The OnceAnEpisode opening scene of ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' establishes its city location by a montage of power lines, crowds crossing roads, and the familiar Japanese "Don't Walk" sign. This gives a sense of tension and mundanity at the same time.
** Well, part of that tension might be because the viewers remember what happened during the opening of the first episode, intermixed with these same establishing shots.
* ''Manga/KareKano'' made good use of this trope.
* This was how you knew the cast had arrived in a new {{Adventure Town|s}} in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Used often by Creator/MakotoShinkai in ''Anime/ThePlacePromisedInOurEarlyDays''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A version of this is used on the American cop show ''Series/NYPDBlue''.
* Could be used to describe the scene-setting montages used in ''Series/TheApprentice''.
* Frequently used in television newscasts as a way of establishing location when the news segment is about a specific activity or one that tends to occur at a specific location.
* Used nearly OnceAnEpisode in ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Also somewhat used in the video game ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'' and its sequels.

* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Something Smells".