Cinematographer Wally Pfister Not Afraid To Fail With THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
The Dark Knight Rises director of photography Wally Pfister was a guest this past Saturday at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The Oscar winning cinematographer talks about the importance of taking chances, to not fallback on his crutches.
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Besides the The Dark Knight Rises being Nolan's last Batman film, it will also be the last time that Wally Pfister will be Nolan's cinematographer. Pfister has worked with Nolan since Momento, and has decided to spread his wings and become a director as well. He'll be helming a thriller, which might begin filming in the fall or winter of this year. Nolan will be on board as a producer.
When Pfister was asked if he'll pull double duties as both a cinematographer and director for his own film, he responded: “Hell no. All I care about right now is screenplay and performance. … The look is not my focus. I don’t want to be micromanaging how someone lights the film. I’m looking for a cinematographer whose style I like and understand. And they’ve got to be fast. I’m going to do to that cinematographer what [Christopher] Nolan has done to me for the last 13 years.”
While collaborating with Nolan for the past thirteen years Pfister won an Oscar for Inception, but his biggest contribution might be his suggestion that Christian Bale was a good choice for Batman/Bruce Wayne.
Pfister recalled that during post-production on Insomnia, he mentioned to Nolan that Bale was “wonderful” in Laurel Canyon, and suggested that the director and actor meet. “They did, clearly,” Pfister said. - THR
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th 2012 and stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.
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