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"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."

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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.

https://www.filmsite.org/filmterms1.html