What is Cinematography?

Oct 24, 2014, 12:46:00 PM

Ambient Skies Productions Blog

Posted by Trenton Massey

Someone who is not too familiar with industry terminology might find themselves asking...

What is Cinematography? 

Well, simply put, it's the art of making motion pictures. In some cases though it becomes the job title for the Director of Photography when referring to them as a Cinematographer. The word is essentially of a greek origin and rose up in the 19th century as a new form of photography.


What is Cinematography


In 1919, after years of experimentation in cinema by directors wearing multiple hats, including camera operator, there had emerged a separation between the two roles and an organization was formed in Hollywood called the American Society of Cinematographers which, for the first time, recognized the role and it's contributions officially in the world of film. Since then, cinematography has come a long way and we seem to see drastic changes with every decade. For a lot of old cinematographer's, it has been difficult to keep up with the changing winds. Some survive the hurricane of new technology that floods the industry and others are swept away into oblivion.

It's hard to say what makes a good cinematographer, since it is an art, it's a matter of perspective. But I'm sure that we can all agree that there are guidelines to be followed when approaching the medium. And if these guidelines are followed, you're probably going to have interesting and effective images to present.




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