film·​mak·​ing | \ ˈfilm-ˌmā-kiŋ \

Definition of filmmaking

: the making of motion pictures

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The movie, released on Hulu and in theaters on Friday, won the U.S. documentary special jury award for breakthrough filmmaking at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Filmmaker Bing Liu Makes Waves in His Debut ‘Minding the Gap’," 22 Aug. 2018 The film was almost four hours in length and was considered a triumph of technical filmmaking and won seven Academy Awards, including one for best picture and another for Ms. Coates. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Anne V. Coates, Oscar-winning film editor of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ dies at 92," 9 May 2018 But he’s also wedded to the basics of classic filmmaking. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Steven Spielberg on the Glories and Limits of Nostalgia in Ready Player One," 29 Mar. 2018 And its startlingly grim conclusion is a rare downer for big tentpole filmmaking. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "What’s New on Netflix in April," 21 Mar. 2018 Twelve years ago, Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes headed to Marrakech from Los Angeles with the plan to take a year off from their careers in public relations and filmmaking, respectively, and indulge in an adventurous sabbatical. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "The Vivacious 18th-Century Marakesh Medina of Two L.A. Transplants," 28 Dec. 2018 The result is a nuanced portrait of small-town America by one of the most important figures in documentary filmmaking working today. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 11 best documentaries of 2018," 5 Dec. 2018 Transgender Oscar nominee Hyance Ford earned a nomination for merit in documentary filmmaking for Netflix's Strong Island. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, ""Milestone Moment": GLAAD Praises LGBTQ-Inclusive Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 The movie is at times a mess, but a compelling one, and this debut from Boots Riley should herald a fascinating filmmaking career. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is Fizzy, Flawed, and Fascinating," 6 July 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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