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).
This 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 wide shot) is a shot in which the human body or some other relevant object is significantly embedded in the surrounding environment.

A related notion is that of an extreme long shot, in which the individual body is of very little relative significance.

Long shots are generally photographed at a great distance from their subject, which is usually largely landscape.

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.

The long shot is used to set the scene in a film.

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