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

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 The film’s Oscar nominations for cinematography and production design are well earned. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2022 Since premiering, Yellowstone has received several different nominations, including at the 2021 Primetime Emmys for production design and at the 2019 American Society of Cinematography Awards for cinematography. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 17 Jan. 2022 Rachel Morrison, the first woman nominated for an Oscar for cinematography, expressed dismay about Ms. Hutchins’s exposure to danger. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 An all-Black Western that brings Afrocentrism into the 19th century American West, the film garnered critical acclaim for its storytelling, cinematography, and performances. Melanie Curry, ELLE, 7 May 2022 EnergaCamerimage international cinematography festival. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 May 2022 Set to run in Torun, Poland, on Nov. 12-19, Camerimage, which focuses on films and cinematography, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Peter Caranicas, Variety, 4 May 2022 Alongside the mesmerizing cinematography, the sound design in The Northman will leave you dizzy. Erik Kain, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Eggers, aided by Jarin Blaschke’s smooth, immersive cinematography, turns the scene into a Hieronymus Bosch painting in motion, a tableau of terror and chaos composed with remorseless clarity. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cinematography

1896, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2022

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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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