Flyaway Shot

That trick when the camera slowly zooms out and gives an aerial view of the setting, as though it had taken off. Usually a Hat-and-Coat Shot, though there are exceptions.

Compare Astronomic Zoom.


Comic Books
  • The book version of Watchmen ends Chapter 1 exactly like this.

  • At the end of Shara, the camera zooms out, pans the rooftops, and then the image segues to a view of the city from a helicopter flying higher and higher.
  • Eureka by Aoyama Shinji.
  • At the end of Live Free or Die Hard, with Creedence's "Fortunate Son" reprising itself in the background.
  • Dirty Harry movies end like this.
  • The end of The Teaser in the first Harry Potter movie zooms out to show a huge number of completely identical houses, reinforcing the mundanity of the Muggle world.
  • Forrest Gump has this as bookend shots, following a Faux Symbolism feather.
  • Last Chance Harvey ends with a typical Flyaway Shot of the happy couple walking away as the camera rises.
  • Field of Dreams has this at the end. It starts out with a shot of Ray and his dad playing catch, and zooms away to reveal that a long line of cars is driving towards the field to visit.
  • Inverted with Recess: School's Out, right after the prolouge, we cut to an arial view of the town the show takes place in (no name), and goes down while the movie title shows up, ending at the school. Conspicuous CG included.
    • This is played straight at the end of the movie as well, after the kids leave the school, the camera goes up to the sky before the cut to black and the Disney Acid Sequence credits, in a Book Ends way. Again with the Conspicuous CG.
  • Gangs of New York does this at the end of the fight scene at the beginning, showing all of 1840's New York.
  • Men In Black takes it Up to Eleven, by zooming out from the streets of New York City, through the Earth's atmosphere and past the outer reaches of the Milky Way to show that our entire galaxy is being used as the shooter in a marbles game played by space aliens.
  • The Skeleton Key ends with a zoom-out of the mansion.
  • At the end of The Sound of Music the camera pulls back to give us panorama shot of the mountains.
  • Dead Mans Shoes ends with the camera flying out like an angel going to heaven.
  • This is the last shot in the British indie Rom Com Love And Other Disasters. As this is a film in part about the writing of a screenplay depicting the events shown in the film, the Flyaway Shot is accompanied by dialog lampshading the utility and inevitability of this filmmaking cliche.
  • Pay It Forward ends with a Flyaway Shot, zooming out from the hero's home onto the nightly skyline of Las Vegas.
  • The zoom-out shot from Zahra at the end of The Stoning of Soraya M. giving an aerial view of the setting.

Live-Action TV

  • The closing shot of Björk's music video for "It's Oh So Quiet" has her fly away together with the camera.