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

Definition of filmmaking

: the making of motion pictures

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At 70, Nava is a much-celebrated pioneer of Latino filmmaking and independent cinema. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego filmmaker Gregory Nava on the return of 1984’s ‘El Norte’ — and why its message still matters today," 12 Sep. 2019 At the same time, the film’s dramatic power comes at the expense of the reportorial side of documentary filmmaking. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Honeyland,” Reviewed: A Gripping, Frustrating Documentary About a Beekeeper’s Fragile Isolation," 1 Aug. 2019 There’s nothing wrong with filmmaking that obeys the classical Hollywood rules of aesthetic legibility, linear narrative sense and a relatable emotional journey. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "In praise of the messy, misunderstood masterpiece (and in search of the next one)," 25 July 2019 And as the studio inches closer to its third decade in the business of feature filmmaking (with two more films on the schedule for the first half of 2020 alone), Toy Story 4’s release feels especially significant. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 The movie opens ambiguously—a hallmark of Mr. Mungiu’s filmmaking—with little about the central relationship clear. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "Cinematic Treasures From an Unexpected Place," 22 Jan. 2019 There are plenty of other objects that have been preserved from this era of filmmaking — memorabilia like Scarlett’s green velvet dress from Gone With the Wind, Sam’s piano from Casablanca, and the Maltese Falcon from the 1941 film of the same name. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz became the ultimate Hollywood symbol," 25 Aug. 2019 O'Dell's filmmaking influences include Adam Curtis and David Lynch. Matt Wake |, al, "Connecting Charles Manson’s music to the murders," 14 Aug. 2019 Additionally, the tracks are weaved with vintage radio advertisements, to create a true ambiance from the golden era of filmmaking. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Neil Diamond, Deep Purple & Other 1960s Artists to Appear on Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Soundtrack," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of filmmaking

1912, in the meaning defined above

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