Comic Art Terms – Establishing Shot
An establishing shot sets up, or establishes the context for a scene by showing the relationship between its important figures and objects. It can be first panel of a new scene. It is generally a long or extreme-long shot at the beginning of a scene indicating where, and sometimes when, the remainder of the scene takes place. Establishing shots may use famous landmarks to indicate the city where the action is taking place or has moved to, such as Big Ben to identify London, the Statue of Liberty to identify New York.