Long shot

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This article is about the framing of a shot. For an uninterrupted shot, see long take. For other uses, see Long shot (disambiguation).
An extreme long shot in the trailer to the 1963 film Cleopatra gives an expansive view of the set.

In photography, filmmaking and video production, a long shot (sometimes referred to as a full shot or a wide shot) typically shows the entire object or human figure and is usually intended to place it in some relation to its surroundings. A long shot is often used to set the scene in a film. Such scene-setting shots are known as establishing shots.

A related notion is that of an extreme long shot. This can be taken from as much as a quarter of a mile away, and is generally used as a scene-setting, establishing shot. It normally shows an exterior, e.g. the outside of a building, or a landscape, and is often used to show scenes of thrilling action e.g. in a war film or disaster movie. There will be very little detail visible in the shot, as it is meant to give a general impression rather than specific information.

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  • Bordwell, David; Thompson, Kristin (2006). Film Art: An Introduction. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-331027-1.