Figure 5.1. This establishing shot from Manhattan shows us at a glance where the characters are anawhat the mood is.

coverage & continuity

Figure 5.2. The key establishing shot from Kubrick’s The Shining gives information about the location, the terrain, and the layout of the hotel, as well as a vague sense of foreboding.


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