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 \-ˌma-tə-ˈgra-fik \ adjective
cinematographically \-fi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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The shaky-cam cinematography and deliberate pacing would soon be adopted by many dramas. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Step Brothers’ and ‘The Great Escape’," 12 July 2018 The cinematography by Doug Emmett is unusually vibrant and expressive; so is the editing by Terel Gibson, which sharpens the edge on Riley’s nuttiest ideas. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Sci-fi and satire meet in ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 12 July 2018 The film features strong breakthrough performances from Dorian LeClech and Batyste Fleurial Palmieri, who play the young brothers, as well as solid pacing, breathtaking cinematography and a moving musical score. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Film tells story of two brothers escaping Nazi persecution," 27 Apr. 2018 Despite the not-bad cinematography and Keegan DeWitt’s evocative score, Katz doesn’t conjure up a strong enough mood to inspire more than a cursory interest in what happens. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Money The low-budget mystery Gemini is an honest but failed study in upper-class malaise," 11 Apr. 2018 The 90th Academy Awards are no different: One woman is poised to become the first to win an Oscar for cinematography, another to be the second to win for directing. Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "5 History-Making Women to Root For at the 2018 Oscars," 2 Mar. 2018 On the other hand, the form—a miniseries about the formation of a writer—is a lot more conventional and straightforward than that of Sweetie, as are the script by Laura Jones (High Tide) and Stuart Dryburgh's cinematography. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Books / Film / Foreign / History / On Video / Poetry Five literary biopics whose pictures are worth a thousand words," 30 May 2018 There are a few reasons, including the cinematography. Matthew Gilbert,, "Yes, ‘The Americans’ is great, but . . .," 28 May 2018 Richard Fleischer directed this nearly perfect B picture with no fuss and lots of grit and polish from a script by Earl Fenton; the capable cinematography belongs to George E. Diskant. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Crime / Film / Foreign / On Video / Television / The Internet Undercover cops infiltrate FilmStruck this week," 10 Apr. 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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