A location with an unlikely vista. It may be a home where none were built or beyond the income of the characters, a geographically or geologically implausible location, beyond their security clearance, or from a building that simply has not been constructed at that location and is unlikely to ever be.
The characters aren't just passing it and it is not an Establishing Shot
is giving you a quick look at the identifying feature- the characters actually have a view from a perspective that it is impossible or extremely unlikely for them to obtain, usually from their alleged residence.
Does not generally involve Monumental Damage
. Related to The Eiffel Tower Effect
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- Princess Celestia's room has one. She can see the entire princessdom, including Ponyville.
Film - Live Action
- Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li starts in her first home, where she's playing the piano in a room of her house with an excellent view of the Golden Gate Bridge... one that would be somewhere in the Presidio, which is park land and office buildings.
- This gets invoked with Devil's Tower in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It's a cool, weird monument and the focus of much attention throughout the movie, but the clearing/landing pad at the base of the tower in the climax does not/could not exist.
Film - Animated
- In Ratatouille, Linguini says his apartment is "not much", but it has a huge window with a spectacular view of the Paris skyline, which it doesn't seem like he could have afforded as an unsuccessful busboy.
Live Action TV
- According to JonTron, Rare Studios is apparently based inside of Big Ben.