When did everyone start using "filmic" instead of "cinematic"?

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  1. Paul_Sjordal

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    Comparatively, "filmic" sounds downright silly. When and why did this change occur? Is there a valid somantic reason for this, or is this another bizarre etymological fad?

    This isn't as bad as people who use "differential" when they mean "difference," but it is pretty annoying.
     
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    So many people talk funny. Its almost ironic :b
     
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    Don't rush to judgment here regarding filmic. It has gravitas.
     
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    Never even saw the word "Filmic" until today on this forum
     
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    I saw 'filmic' used years ago in LaserDisc reviews to describe the quality of video. 'Cinematic' would be used to describe grandeur, scope, overall photgraphic effect etc.
     
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    "Everyone"? I'd never heard of the word "filmic" until I saw this thread. From Rob's description it sounds like someone came up with a silly and pretenious way of saying "film-like" - which, as Rob correctly notes, would not be a synonym for "cinematic".

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    OK, maybe not everyone, but in the "Movies" forum around here, I pretty much never see the word "cinematic" used in discussions, while the word "filmic" gets tossed around quite a bit.
     
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    They're misusing the word. It's a real film term, meaning the nature or characteristic of something (person, place, idea) in a film, or basically how something is visually represented in film (sound included).
     
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    No, there is a valid reason for using it. The word typically comes up in matters related to film theory.
     
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    I'm not sure what you're saying, but here is a very basic use of the word:

    When talking about the universe of North by Northwest, I would refer to at "the filmic universe" since even though the universe of the film looks like "the" universe, it really is "a" universe.
     

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