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

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The gorgeous cinematography, masterful music, and compelling storyline earned the film immeasurable success, which followed into the sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, as well as the last one, The Hidden World. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "How to Train Your Dragon's," 11 May 2019 The spot was directed by The Brewers with cinematography by Rob Witt, two entities that have worked on some of the guys' favorite music videos, so this was kind of a dream come true. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The Chainsmokers Take Fans Behind the Scenes of 'Sick Boy' Video: Watch," 5 Feb. 2018 The show scored a total of six Emmy nominations, including cinematography, picture editing, sound editing, sound mixing and writing. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Anthony Bourdain Posthumously Nominated for 'Parts Unknown'," 12 July 2018 The Academy announced that four categories—cinematography, film editing, live-action short and makeup and hairstyling—would be presented during commercial breaks, a wildly insulting move that sparked fury across Hollywood. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kevin Hart, the "Popular" Film & Cancelled Categories: A Complete Timeline of the 2019 Oscar Drama," 21 Feb. 2019 Cuaron was nominated for direction, cinematography, original screenplay and best picture. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Oscar nods honor ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Black Panther’," 23 Jan. 2019 Zooey Deschanel Lookalike sister Zooey and Emily Deschanel were twinning on the way to the Academy Awards to support their father, Caleb Deschanel, who's nominated for cinematography for the German film Never Look Away. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams from the 2019 Oscars," 24 Feb. 2019 Despite its lustrous cinematography, doom tethers each frame of Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight follow-up (Jenkins shares his Oscar for writing that screenplay with Tarell Alvin McCraney, Henry’s Yale classmate). Jenna Marotta, Vogue, "Brian Tyree Henry Still Roots for the Underdog," 23 Nov. 2018 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

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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 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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