film·​mak·​er | \ ˈfilm-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce filmmaker (audio) \

Definition of filmmaker

: one who makes motion pictures

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Agnès Varda, who died at age 90 in Paris today, was a singular filmmaker throughout her long career. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "Agnès Varda (1928-2019): Appreciating the First Lady of the Nouvelle Vague," 29 Mar. 2019 In one of the most dramatic incidents, two of South Korea's most famous filmmakers, actress Choi Un-hee and director Shin Sang-ok, were abducted in Hong Kong and held in North Korea for years, forced to make movies for then leader Kim Jong Il. James Griffiths, CNN, "Abe wants to make Trump's North Korea talks even more complicated," 7 June 2018 Photographers, painters, even filmmakers documented the viral opening in compliance with some of the tower's unique rules: It can't be drawn in permanent marker and all photos belong to Hudson Yards, not the photographer. House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Hudson Yards, New York's $25 Billion Neighborhood," 19 Mar. 2019 Is there a filmmaker beside J.J. Abrams who can win over both die-hards and new fans? Jake Coyle And Lindsey Bahr, San Francisco Chronicle, "In ‘Solo’ stumble, a crossroads for Disney’s ‘Star Wars’," 5 June 2018 However, following creative differences between Moore and the filmmakers, director Marielle Heller came on board, and McCarthy and Grant were cast. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Richard E. Grant's Oscar Nomination Is Long Overdue," 24 Feb. 2019 What most excites him: The prospect of working with rising filmmakers like Greta Gerwig and Ari Astor. Vogue, "A New Class of Bright, Young Things—from Riverdale Heartthrobs to Underground Musicians—Lets Loose in L.A.," 15 Feb. 2019 The film was highly influential with European filmmakers at the time, in large part because director Rene Manzor turned the holy day of Christmas into a violent nightmare scenario, violating a cultural taboo. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Dial Code: Santa Claus is our new favorite holiday cult classic," 24 Dec. 2018 Which is bound to happen sometimes, even with the best filmmakers. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Vice doesn’t want to humanize Dick Cheney. So instead, it (maybe) demonizes America.," 21 Dec. 2018

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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: a person (such as a director or producer) who makes movies

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