THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Cinematographer Wally Pfister to Make Directorial Debut

     March 6, 2012


Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister is set to make his directorial debut. Having recently wrapped on The Dark Knight Rises with Nolan, the Oscar-winning cinematographer will next direct an untitled screenplay from newcomer Jack Paglen. The film will be financed and produced through Alcon Entertainment, who is keeping the logline under wraps for the moment. Pre-production is expected to start immediately while principal photography will begin early this fall. Pfister is best known for his collaborations with Nolan since the pair has worked together on seven films since 1999. His track record includes four Oscar nominations and one win for Best Achievement in Cinematography for Inception. Although this film marks Pfister’s feature directorial debut, he has been directing commercials for a number of years. Hit the jump for a look at his work throughout the years.

wally-pfister-directorial-debutWhile we don’t have any details on Pfister’s directorial debut as of yet, Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, the co-founders of Alcon Entertainment, did send out a press release saying this about their enthusiasm towards working with the award-winning cinematographer:

“We have been talking to Wally about making his directorial debut with Alcon for over a decade since we all worked together on INSOMNIA. Wally is truly one of the most talented artists with whom we have ever collaborated. To now have the opportunity to work with Wally as a director on this truly remarkable project, is a company highlight for Alcon Entertainment.”

While you’re undoubtedly familiar with Pfister’s work from over the years (Memento, Insomnia, The Italian Job, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight), you might be less informed about his commercial work. Alongside directors Darren Aronofsky, Tony Kaye and Alejandro Inarritu, Pfister directed some anti-meth commercials for the “Montana Meth Project.” Take a look at one of them below:

While anti-meth ads are rarely uplifting, there’s no doubt in my mind that Pfister’s directorial style will be influenced by the directors he’s been around throughout his career. In the case of Nolan, that’s definitely not a bad thing. Check out thoughts from Pfister on the nature of cinematography below along with a tribute highlighting some of his work:

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