After a 12-year professional association with renowned director Christopher Nolan, Academy Award winning cinematographer Wally Pfister is preparing to make his directorial debut. To no surprise the project is being shrouded in secrecy, another trait of his friend Christopher Nolan.
Usually I do not get overly excited about a cinematographer or editor taking the helm of a film, for Janusz Kaminski and Stuart Baird respectively have only been mediocre in their directing ventures. Kaminski, a superb cinematographer and former college mate of Pfister’s has directed two very sub-par films despite having been the great Steven Spielberg’s cinematographer. Mr. Pfister is a staunch film critic and scrutinizer of bad films. Pfister will be very selective of the scripts that cross his and his talents agent’s desks. The filmmaking techniques expected from Mr. Pfister will most likely not deviate much from Christopher Nolan’s methodology. This means shooting on film vice digital, and accomplishing as many in-camera effects as possible.
Earlier this week at mastersofcinema.net, editor Rohan Mohmand reported on Megan Ellison, a studio executive/film producer with AnnaPurna Pictures, is setting out to make as many heavily plotted films that major studios are afraid to finance as possible. Ms. Ellison already has a few ambitious projects lined-up. Perhaps one of Wally Pfister’s future projects will be under a contract with AnnaPurna Pictures.
Also, for some reason imdb.com and imdbpro.com are both reporting that Wally Pfister is set to photograph the planned 2015 Batman reboot, that will have a new director, yet Nolan still attached as a producer or executive producer. I am doubtful of the authenticity of this, but Pfister’s helming of a Panavision or IMAX camera lens is always welcome.
On a final note, below is a commercial that Pfister has directed, and a video that gives insight into his incredible eye and ability to capture some of the best cinematic images ever put on screen.