"They panned to the altar stone for a long moment, poignantly, and then cut back to the studio, and the orange presenter started giving the latest update on some endless depressing tribunal."


These are terms from filmmaking. Google "glossary of cinematography terms". There is a good one here.

To pan is to move or rotate the camera horizontally. To cut to something is to abruptly switch to a different shot in editing.

anonymousThere is a good one here.

I tried to embed a link, but it didn't take. This is the second time I've tried that, and it failed both times. I guess I won't be doing that again.