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 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

The film's cinematography is breathtaking. Who did the cinematography for this film?
Recent Examples on the Web Expert Advice: Don’t skip or skimp on cinematography, especially at your rehearsal dinner with all those incredible toasts. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "BAZAAR's Little Black Book: The Top Wedding Videographers in the World," 21 Jan. 2020 The Irishman was nominated in costume design, production design, film editing, cinematography, visual effects, adapted screenplay, directing, and Al Pacino and Joe Pesci both received supporting actor nominations. John Gage, Washington Examiner, "The Irishman and 1917 among Oscar nominations for best picture," 13 Jan. 2020 Clouds and fog appear across the hills and valleys; the cinematography, by Jörg Widmer, is staggering, translating the sight of a gathering storm into a symbol of God’s wrath. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Terrence Malick Is Back," 14 Dec. 2019 The Bronze Frog went to Roma, which won the Oscar in cinematography. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Joker' Wins Golden Frog at Camerimage," 16 Nov. 2019 Beautiful and haunting, this scene is a Jordan Peele masterclass in cinematography. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "13 Scariest Horror Movie Scenes," 31 Oct. 2019 The cinematography by Ben Smithard looks oddly flat, and the compositions rarely take effective advantage of the wider canvas. Michael Phillips,, "’Downton Abbey’ review: The servants are revolting," 13 Sep. 2019 The often haunting cinematography by Anna Franquesa Solano seems to slow time and captures texture of place. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "‘The Farewell’ dives into big family traditions, truths and a ‘good lie’," 18 July 2019 With a lush soundtrack by Nino Rota, and with its equally lush visuals, the film won the Academy Award for best cinematography and was a runaway box office success. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Franco Zeffirelli, master of grandeur in theater, film and opera, dies at 96," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of cinematography

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Cinematography.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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