film has definitions from the fields of photography,film,performing arts
[ noun ] (film,performing arts) a form of entertainment that enacts a story by a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement


"they went to a movie every Saturday night" "the film was shot on location"

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

The game players saw the Air_Force film Monday , ran for 30_minutes , then went in , while the reserves scrimmaged for 45 minutes .

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

It is truly odd and ironic that the most handsome and impressive film yet made from Miguel_de_Cervantes ' `` Don_Quixote '' is the brilliant Russian spectacle , done in wide_screen and color , which opened yesterday at the Fifty-fifth_Street and Sixty-eighth_Street_Playhouses .

The episode in which Sancho_Panza concludes the joke that is played on him when he is facetiously put in command of an `` island '' is one of the best in the film .

There are other good representations of peasants and people of the court by actors who are finely costumed and magnificently photographed in this last of the Russian films to reach this country in the program of joint cultural exchange .

Also on the bill at the Fifty-fifth_Street is a nice ten minute color film called `` Sunday_in_Greenwich_Village '' , a tour of the haunts and joints .

[ noun ] (film) a medium (art or business) that disseminates moving pictures


cinema celluloid


: "theater pieces transferred to celluloid" "this story would be good cinema" "film coverage of sporting events"

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

The major studios maintain a cadre of film librarians and research specialists who look to this matter .

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

Of the two , Porter is justly the better_known , for he went far beyond the vital finding of fiction for films to take the first_step toward fashioning a language of film , toward making the motion_picture the intricate , efficient time_machine that it has remained since , even in the most inept hands .

Melies , however , out of his professional instincts as a magician , discovered and made use of a number of illusionary techniques that remain part of the vocabulary of film .

In a series of fairy_tales and fantasies , Melies demonstrated that the film is superbly equipped to tell a straightforward story , with beginning , middle and end , complications , resolutions , climaxes , and conclusions .

Immediately , the film improved and it improved because in narrative it found a content based on time to complement its own unbreakable connection with time .

[ noun ] (photography) photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies

Used in print

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

This discovery of Melies was vastly more important than his sometimes dazzling , magician 's tricks produced on film .

The physical film is cut with a knife at the end of one complete sequence , and the cut edge is joined physically , by cement , to the cut edge of the beginning of the next sequence .

(S. Idell Pyle, et al., Onsets, Completions, and...)

First , the upper portion requires series of films for every child , consisting_of those from Hand , Elbow , Shoulder , Knee , and Foot .

The lower portion necessitates only films of Hand .

(Frieda Arkin, "The Light of the Sea," in The...)

Each successive movement in his growing was recorded on the unreeling film inside her .

[ noun ] a thin coating or layer


"the table was covered with a film of dust"

Used in print

(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)

In the cleaning process , sorbed greasy soils become coated in this manner with an oriented film of surfactant .

(Howard Fast, April Morning....)

No drummers here , no pipers , and the red_coats were covered with a fine film of dust .

[ verb ] (photography,film) make a film or photograph of something


take shoot


"take a scene" "shoot a movie"

Used in print

(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)

Motion_picture cameras had been installed to film the audience , the reservation list was being checked_out name by name , and a special detail was already at_work in the parking_lot scrutinizing automobiles for a possible lead .

[ verb ] (film) record in film


"The coronation was filmed"

[ noun ] a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things



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