split screen


Definition of split screen

: a film or video technique in which the frame is divided into discrete nonoverlapping images also : the visual composition based on this technique

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So, for an answer, there’s a cut to a split screen of Johnson and Statham in their respective beds. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Review: Rock-em-Sock-em Bromance," 1 Aug. 2019 After Virginia, the nail technician played by Karrueche Tran, gets pregnant, characters weighed in via a Brady Bunch-style split screen. New York Times, "Hollywood and the Matter-of-Fact Abortion," 19 July 2019 Another Twitter user, @hunterrgoddard, posted a split screen of holy water and someone putting drops in their eyes. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Armie Hammer videos son sucking toes, proving kids, yes, lick gross stuff; mom responds," 28 July 2019 For example, a split screen is often a telltale sign of bullying, especially if a machine detects that one side shows a human and the other an animal. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Inside Instagram's War on Bullying," 8 July 2019 The result was a dizzying New York City daydream featuring Steve Lacy and Jerry Seinfeld, with its rotating shots and split screens making the video Hill's most creative yet. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "From Travis Scott to Sara Bareilles, Here's Every Music Video Directed by Jonah Hill," 25 July 2019 There’s a scene midway through When Harry Met Sally that finds the rom-com’s title couple, one evening, in bed—separate beds, each in their respective apartments, shown on a split screen. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "When Harry Met Sally," 19 July 2019 Television stations were using split screens to juxtapose the pomp of the ceremony with the running street battles outside. The Economist, "Hong Kong protesters storm the legislative council," 30 June 2019 The scoreboard, the organization has said, is needed to replace a 25-year-old obsolete one and would be capable of providing instant replays, player profiles, graphics and statistics on full and split screens. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Proposal to add digital scoreboard at Deerfield High School hits new snag, this time, with District 113 board members," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of split screen

1944, in the meaning defined above

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