film·​mak·​ing | \ ˈfilm-ˌmā-kiŋ How to pronounce filmmaking (audio) \

Definition of filmmaking

: the making of motion pictures

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plans to attend New York University to learn filmmaking
Recent Examples on the Web James and his father co-founded the Redford Center, a nonprofit focused on environmental filmmaking. CBS News, "Robert Redford's son, James, dies at 58," 20 Oct. 2020 Brosnahan and Hart also discussed their research process and how much the movies of the era influenced the filmmaking. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Rachel Brosnahan and Julia Hart talk going full 1970s in I'm Your Woman," 20 Oct. 2020 Considering documentary filmmaking is your trade, was one day turning the camera on your mother always the plan? John Benson, cleveland, "Nexus of art, race and justice explored in new documentary ‘Aggie’ about Cleveland-born art collector and philanthropist Agnes Gund," 8 Oct. 2020 This 2017 British zombie film (adapted from the Mike Carey novel) similarly uses the standbys of genre filmmaking to tell a story that is about far more than jump-scares and oozing gore. Jason Bailey, New York Times, "Stream These 15 Movies Before They Leave Netflix This Month," 2 Oct. 2020 Dominic Waddell, 21, a first-year filmmaking student, said some students weren’t even sent emails telling them about the new lockdown. Danica Kirka, USA TODAY, "Prince Charles warns coronavirus may leave students 'needing urgent help to protect their futures'," 28 Sep. 2020 Hawke’s initiation into filmmaking was exhilarating. John Lahr, The New Yorker, "The Many Faces of Ethan Hawke," 14 Sep. 2020 Documentary filmmaking is not well served by the impulse to hide elements from the viewer. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Werner Herzog’s Mystical Memory Tour," 26 Aug. 2020 Patagonia has also garnered attention for its activist filmmaking, including the eco-documentaries Artifishal, which takes a critical look at fish farms, and DamNation, which advocates for the removal of defunct dams. Darrell Hartman, WSJ, "The Fly-Fishing Boom Is Finally Here," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of filmmaking

1912, in the meaning defined above

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27 Oct 2020

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“Filmmaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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