The word cinematic is sometimes used to describe a form of tableau photography where the artist has used dramatic lighting and scene setting in an approach similar to that seen in a movie in order to heighten the tension and atmosphere.
It is a technique used by artists to blur fact and fiction. For example Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills, a series of black and white photographs made between 1977 and 1980, depict the artist playing fictitious characters. Using vintage clothing, make-up and wigs, she created a range of female personae in scenarios that resembled moments in a film.
Since the advent of digital film-making, and the decline of analogue film, the word ‘cinematic’ can also be used to describe a piece of digital film that has the stylistic look and ambition of analogue film.