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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Other Words from cinematography

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

Examples of cinematography in a Sentence

The film's cinematography is breathtaking. Who did the cinematography for this film?
Recent Examples on the Web Scott Thiele’s cinematography also ably echoes that moodiness and produces quite a few stunning shots. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, "SXSW 2021: ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’ Is An Eerie Noir Thriller Inspired By A Creepy Real Life Mystery," 20 Mar. 2021 There are also nominations for original score, cinematography, costume design and more. Emily Burack,, "From ‘Mank’ to an Israeli short film, five notable Jewish nominees for 2021 Oscars," 16 Mar. 2021 Incredible cinematography by Russell Boyd & a majestic soundtrack. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, "If You Don’t Like 2003’s Master and Commander, That’s On You, Says Its Star Russell Crowe," 17 Jan. 2021 But the distinctiveness of its productions, with their eclectic set lists, high-resolution cinematography and flamboyant plot twists, is undeniable. New York Times, "Can the Makers of ‘Money Heist’ Mint Another Hit With ‘Sky Rojo’?," 19 Mar. 2021 This one, about possibly the greatest film ever made, comes with the pedigrees of David Fincher and Gary Oldman, as well as black-and-white cinematography that sets it apart. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Oscar 2021 predictions: What will win for Best Picture?," 15 Mar. 2021 Nevertheless, the cinematography complements the tuneful record. Allison Hazel, Essence, "Alternative Soul Artist Fousheé Talks Controlling Her Narrative Through Music," 10 Mar. 2021 Filmed at scenic locations across Philadelphia, many of which are outdoors, the shorts are an arresting combination of transportive cinematography and exquisite artistry guaranteed to captivate, no matter the viewer. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, "A New Streaming Platform for Dance Is Revolutionizing Virtual Performance," 28 Dec. 2020 One Marvel fan meme involves earnestly tweeting images of the films’ cinematography, while critics will post images of green screens to mock them. Washington Post, "How a ‘WandaVision’ viral tweet explains the passion of Marvel fans — and haters," 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of cinematography

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Cinematography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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 cinematography (audio) \ adjective
cinematographically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cinematography (audio) \ adverb

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