In a developing shot, the camera explores the scene as it moves on from one subject to another, or from one viewpoint to the next. It presents a smooth-flowing sequence of pictures, which build up an illusion of space and direction in the audience’s mind.
You can use the developing shot for several purposes:
• To establish location – As the camera searches, it slowly reveals exactly where we are; e.g. panning past a series of items in glass cases, to establish that the scene of the action is a museum.
• Realization – The camera gradually introduces us to a situation; e.g. we see that the rising tide has cut off the travelers’ escape.
• Comparison – Panning over a series of items in a collection, we can compare their style, ...