cin·​e·​ma·​tog·​ra·​phy | \ ˌsi-nə-mə-ˈtä-grə-fē \

Definition of cinematography

: the art or science of motion-picture photography

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Other Words from cinematography

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

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The 41-minute final cut, spanning multiple locations and themes, was nominated for a cinematography Emmy. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "Anthony Bourdain’s Globalist Mission," 28 Mar. 2018 Blade Runner 2049 The followup to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, this Ryan Reynolds-starrer took home the best cinematography Oscar for Roger Deakins, who had been nominated 13 times without a single win. Nick Vadala,, "Movies and TV to help stream away the snowstorm," 6 Mar. 2018 Rachel Morrison, 39, whose dizzying camerawork elevates box-office champion Black Panther, already made history as the first woman nominated for best cinematography, for Netflix drama Mudbound. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Oscars So Old: How three octogenarians could make awards history this year," 26 Feb. 2018 That's because film is typically shot at 24fps to create motion blur, and most filmmakers exploit that property when designing the cinematography for their films. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Tom Cruise finally takes a stand… on your parents’ terrible TV settings," 5 Dec. 2018 The acting is superb, the cinematography is arresting, and the dystopian story is haunting, timely, and well told. Matthew Gilbert,, "A well-timed ‘Handmaid’s’ hiatus," 9 July 2018 Winner: Despite better cinematography and drama, Outlaw King does a better job of showing the preparation and execution of the actual battle strategy than Braveheart. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?," 13 Nov. 2018 Watching any given frame of this series, which has earned Emmy nominations for directing and cinematography, is frequently like looking through a pool of dirty dishwater. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ozark’s muddy season 2, explained in 11 incomprehensible screenshots," 1 Sep. 2018 Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar were restricted to technical honors like editing, art direction, cinematography and visual effects. Mesfin Fekadu, The Seattle Times, "Review: MTV VMAs was a shocking event, for the wrong reasons," 21 Aug. 2018

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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 \
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 \ adjective
cinematographically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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