ESTABLISHING SHOTS are shots in which nothing much happens except we learn where, in the larger sense, we are, in order to give meaning to the next scene. For example, if we get a city skyline featuring the Empire State Building and we cut to the front entrance of an office building, we know that that office building is in New York. Similarly, if we get an establishing shot of the Pentagon and then go to two men striding quickly down a featureless hallway, we know where they— and we— are.