The art of filming a movie is cinematography. The cinematography in your first documentary might not be amazing — next time, get a real movie camera instead of filming on your smartphone.

Every year, one film wins an Academy Award for cinematography — this usually goes to a movie with gorgeous, sweeping camera shots. There's a lot that goes into cinematography, beyond simply filming the action with a camera: cinematographers carefully plan out shots, including how they're lit, the camera angles, focus, and depth of field. Cinematography comes from the now-obsolete cinematograph, "device for projecting a series of photographs in rapid succession so as to produce the illusion of movement."

Definitions of cinematography
  1. noun
    the act of making a film
    synonyms: filming, motion-picture photography
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    the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
    the making of animated cartoons
    a shot or scene that is photographed again
    type of:
    photography, picture taking
    the act of taking and printing photographs
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