helicopter shot

helicopter shot
  a moving shot, often breathtaking; an establishing shot from a bird's eye view or from overhead, usually taken from a helicopter - due to its maneuverability, the shot may pan, arc, or sweep through a landscape; many films open with a helicopter shot (often under the credits)
  Examples: the final shot from a Wonkavator high above the city's rooftops in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), or in The Shining (1980) the trailing of a lone car driving through the Rockies to the Overlook Hotel; or in Working Girl (1988) the opening credits' long arcing shot around the Statue of Liberty before trailing the Staten Island Ferry

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