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

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Shot by Indikar and Swapnil Shete, the cinematography stands out strongly, frequently taking the place of dialogue. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Trijya - Radius': Film Review | Shanghai 2019," 1 July 2019 Lee’s artistic collaborations are central to the movie’s rich sense of an artistic gathering, including the cinematography of Ernest Dickerson, the production design, by Wynn Thomas, and the costume design, by Ruth E. Carter. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Enduring Urgency of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” at Thirty," 28 June 2019 The dark, sumptuous cinematography emphasizes the sinister, shadowy quality to Catholic imagery, and the scenes of Mykki/Joan burning don't shy away from the visceral pain of death by fire. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 20 Best Music Videos of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 20 June 2019 What works: The acting, highlighted by a bravura supporting turn from Ian McKellen, is universally superb, and the visuals -- the sets, the costumes and especially the cinematography -- are gorgeous. Mike Scott,, "‘All Is True’ movie review: The year’s first real Oscar threat?," 7 June 2019 Some are short quotes from books on computer science, information theory, encryption, and cinematography. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Mallo My!," 10 Mar. 2019 And its music and sultry black-and-white cinematography are infectious. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "“I wanted to make it a beautiful disaster”: Pawel Pawlikowski on his new film Cold War," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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