cin·​e·​ma·​tog·​ra·​phy | \ ˌsi-nə-mə-ˈtä-grə-fē How to pronounce cinematography (audio) \

Definition of cinematography

: the art or science of motion-picture photography

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cinematographic \ ˌsi-​nə-​ˌma-​tə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce cinematographic (audio) \ adjective
cinematographically \ ˌsi-​nə-​ˌma-​tə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cinematographically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cinematography in a Sentence

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In a contest with the logic of trade-offs, the emotive power of Sir David’s cinematography is likely to win. The Economist, "The inflexibility of plastic," 25 July 2019 The Amazon Prime series, in fact, only received recognition for cinematography. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Emmy nominations: ‘Game of Thrones’ reigns again, but why?," 16 July 2019 The cinematography and editing is completely incoherent and not compelling. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "Billed an action comedy, ‘Stuber’ is more like a cinematic car wreck," 11 July 2019 Roeg’s works were renowned for his distinctive cinematography style, which was often nontraditionally moody and beautifully dark. Vogue, "The Man Who Fell to Earth," 24 Nov. 2018 Most of the attention being paid to this movie has focused on Rachel Morrison’s cinematography and Mary J. Blige’s stiff but intensely stoical performance. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "For Your Reconsideration: Supporting Whom Exactly?," 5 Jan. 2018 The crew included those who worked on the sound effects, cinematography and film’s technology, according to Terrell. Gabrielle Russon,, "How Disney’s Animal Kingdom played a role in ‘The Lion King’ movie," 20 July 2019 Shot by Indikar and Swapnil Shete, the cinematography stands out strongly, frequently taking the place of dialogue. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Trijya - Radius': Film Review | Shanghai 2019," 1 July 2019 Lee’s artistic collaborations are central to the movie’s rich sense of an artistic gathering, including the cinematography of Ernest Dickerson, the production design, by Wynn Thomas, and the costume design, by Ruth E. Carter. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Enduring Urgency of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” at Thirty," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of cinematography

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cinematography was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of cinematography

: the art, process, or job of filming movies : motion-picture photography


cin·​e·​ma·​tog·​ra·​phy | \ ˌsin-ə-mə-ˈtäg-rə-fē How to pronounce cinematography (audio) \
plural cinematographies

Medical Definition of cinematography

: the art or science of motion-picture photography X-ray fluoroscopic cinematography

Other Words from cinematography

cinematographic \ -​ˌmat-​ə-​ˈgraf-​ik How to pronounce cinematographic (audio) \ adjective
cinematographically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cinematographically (audio) \ adverb

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