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Dark Knight cinematographer Wally Pfister talks how Batman 3 could be shot

04.21.2010

Cinematical recently had a chance to speak with cinematographer Wally Pfister (THE DARK KNIGHT, THE PRESTIGE, MEMENTO), and the Oscar-nominated DP had a few interesting things to say about the potential shooting formats for the upcoming third Batman film.

First up: 3D. Pfister says he and director Christopher Nolan both share a mutual "disinterest" in the format, and goes so far as to call it a "fad". He and Nolan both declined to use it in their upcoming INCEPTION. However, that doesn't mean that the format has entirely been ruled out, as Pfister tells Cinematical, "What Chris and I have talked about is doing something cool and something interesting... I did it for one shot of The Dark Knight because he said, you have to say you did it, and literally I had this strapped to my shoulder and I was carrying it. But I think Chris is game for doing something interesting like that, Lord knows that the 3-D fad might pass by the time that summer comes around."

In regards to IMAX, Pfister had much more positive things to say, including what director Brad Bird (THE INCREDIBLES, THE IRON GIANT) thinks: "[Director] Brad Bird was [saying] 'you've got to shoot the whole thing in IMAX!' I was like, yeah, I've talked to Chris about that." A source from Ain't It Cool also adds that Bird's teenage sons "thought that the IMAX used in The Dark Knight was more realistic than the 3D in these new movies."

One thing that has been decided on is that the next Batman film will be shot using film. From Ain't It Cool: "The image quality of film" exceeds that of the high end digital cameras like "the Genesis camera and the Red camera." He said that he and "Chris [Nolan] are 'devotees' of film."

Head on over to Cinematical and Ain't It Cool News to read more of Wally Pfister's comments.
Extra Tidbit: "It's great for like amusement park rides like the 'Honey I Shrunk The Kids' ride at Disneyland... It's a distraction. Can you imagine Memento in 3D? With Joey Pantoliano's glasses sticking out 'a few feet' with his hair all the way back there?"

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4:38PM on 04/22/2010

This guy clearly knows his stuff

and the fact that Brad Bird (a genius, IMO) is advocating IMAX is a major plus. I'm officially excited about a Batman 3. Maybe they can get Christian Bale to do something about his voice.
and the fact that Brad Bird (a genius, IMO) is advocating IMAX is a major plus. I'm officially excited about a Batman 3. Maybe they can get Christian Bale to do something about his voice.
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5:48AM on 04/22/2010
I now respect Nolan even more than I already did.
I now respect Nolan even more than I already did.
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3:31AM on 04/22/2010
Thank God there still are real filmmakers in the world. People who have the balls to go up and against the 'trend' or the 'fad'. Pretty nice. Whatever they choose to do, I have faith in these guys, and I dare say that Batman 3 will be even better than TDK, as impossible as that sounds. :)
Thank God there still are real filmmakers in the world. People who have the balls to go up and against the 'trend' or the 'fad'. Pretty nice. Whatever they choose to do, I have faith in these guys, and I dare say that Batman 3 will be even better than TDK, as impossible as that sounds. :)
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8:34PM on 04/21/2010

NICE TO SEE THEIR ARE STILL REAL FILMAKERS OUT THEIR

Whether its shot in 3D or not you can bet WB will convert it in fact i'm surprised the hadn't done it to TDK yet. TDK IMAX ULTIMATE SUPER DELUXE UNRATED DIRECTORS CUT COLLECTERS EDITION BOX SET in 3D with STERIOPHONIC SOUND coming soon on Blu ray combo pack.(Is your wallet open yet NO well it comes with a 52 page comic book)
Whether its shot in 3D or not you can bet WB will convert it in fact i'm surprised the hadn't done it to TDK yet. TDK IMAX ULTIMATE SUPER DELUXE UNRATED DIRECTORS CUT COLLECTERS EDITION BOX SET in 3D with STERIOPHONIC SOUND coming soon on Blu ray combo pack.(Is your wallet open yet NO well it comes with a 52 page comic book)
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6:56PM on 04/21/2010

IMAX>3D

I was more impressed visually by Dark Knight than Avatar, and the visuals I liked about Avatar were more due to IMAX than 3D. Everything about this news makes me happy movie fan.
I was more impressed visually by Dark Knight than Avatar, and the visuals I liked about Avatar were more due to IMAX than 3D. Everything about this news makes me happy movie fan.
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5:19PM on 04/21/2010
The whole film in IMAX would be incredible. Those scenes in TDK with IMAX are beautiful.
The whole film in IMAX would be incredible. Those scenes in TDK with IMAX are beautiful.
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2:28PM on 04/21/2010

AWESOME

Cameron's 3d is good everything else is fail..

do they suck each other off while giving each other handjobs?
Cameron's 3d is good everything else is fail..

do they suck each other off while giving each other handjobs?
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4:04PM on 04/21/2010
"Suck each other off WHILE giving each other handjobs?"

How is that even possible? Since you are probably 12, I'm sure that didn't occur to you. FAIL.
"Suck each other off WHILE giving each other handjobs?"

How is that even possible? Since you are probably 12, I'm sure that didn't occur to you. FAIL.
5:16PM on 04/21/2010
You make me want to change my avatar.
You make me want to change my avatar.
1:44PM on 04/21/2010
Riddler in 3D. Oh yeah.
Riddler in 3D. Oh yeah.
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1:27PM on 04/21/2010

NICE...

It's so good to hear (or read in this case) that few of the really talented people in the film industry know.. 3D is BS
It's so good to hear (or read in this case) that few of the really talented people in the film industry know.. 3D is BS
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12:45PM on 04/21/2010
Nolan is from the same vein of filmmakers like Hitchcock, Altman, and Huston. Directors that knew about film, and didn't care about fads.
Nolan is from the same vein of filmmakers like Hitchcock, Altman, and Huston. Directors that knew about film, and didn't care about fads.
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12:41PM on 04/21/2010

Don't get me wrong...

This is great news...I mean a 3D batman flick would probably look nice but would take away from the impact of the film. I'm happy these guys are putting that to the side in favor of IMAX. A 3D batman movie seems more like something Schumacher would've done to mess up the franchise before Nolan came along anyway. NOW...me personally, i'm ready for some casting news now...as far as...have they decided on Villains yet? and if so, Whose going to play them?
This is great news...I mean a 3D batman flick would probably look nice but would take away from the impact of the film. I'm happy these guys are putting that to the side in favor of IMAX. A 3D batman movie seems more like something Schumacher would've done to mess up the franchise before Nolan came along anyway. NOW...me personally, i'm ready for some casting news now...as far as...have they decided on Villains yet? and if so, Whose going to play them?
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12:04PM on 04/21/2010
Christopher Nolan has realised what bullshit 3D is. He's the only guy who makes sense in Hollywood. And he's not even american.

Yet he's made better films than most american directors have.
Christopher Nolan has realised what bullshit 3D is. He's the only guy who makes sense in Hollywood. And he's not even american.

Yet he's made better films than most american directors have.
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11:49AM on 04/21/2010
film still is superior to digi when projected, but only with the right cinematographers.. as for 3D, i wouldnt say it's a fad yet, but i can see it quickly becoming that way after the majority of mtv hack directors start releasing their shit in 3d which will turn mainstream audiences away in a hurry..
film still is superior to digi when projected, but only with the right cinematographers.. as for 3D, i wouldnt say it's a fad yet, but i can see it quickly becoming that way after the majority of mtv hack directors start releasing their shit in 3d which will turn mainstream audiences away in a hurry..
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11:44AM on 04/21/2010
film still is superior to digi when projected, but only with the right cinematographers.. as for 3D, i wouldnt say it's a fad yet, but i can see it quickly becoming that way after the majority of mtv hack directors start releasing their shit in 3d which will turn mainstream audiences away in a hurry..
film still is superior to digi when projected, but only with the right cinematographers.. as for 3D, i wouldnt say it's a fad yet, but i can see it quickly becoming that way after the majority of mtv hack directors start releasing their shit in 3d which will turn mainstream audiences away in a hurry..
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10:17AM on 04/21/2010
Thumbs up because the DP's remarks are a breath of fresh air.

I too believe 3D is a fad.
Thumbs up because the DP's remarks are a breath of fresh air.

I too believe 3D is a fad.
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9:54AM on 04/21/2010
Its not a fad though, he's totally wrong about that.
And also, Avatar got every movie being made to be filmed in 3D or movies already done to be converted to 3D.
What new action movies have been filmed in IMAX since The Dark Knight? nuff said.
Its not a fad though, he's totally wrong about that.
And also, Avatar got every movie being made to be filmed in 3D or movies already done to be converted to 3D.
What new action movies have been filmed in IMAX since The Dark Knight? nuff said.
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11:19AM on 04/21/2010
But the movies coming out aren't near the quality of Avatar's 3D, except for How to Train Your Dragon. Plus, IMAX is much more difficult to film, the camera alone is too heavy to handhold any shots. And the cinematography in DK beats Avatar any day of the week.
But the movies coming out aren't near the quality of Avatar's 3D, except for How to Train Your Dragon. Plus, IMAX is much more difficult to film, the camera alone is too heavy to handhold any shots. And the cinematography in DK beats Avatar any day of the week.
11:49AM on 04/21/2010
I'm sorry but avatar blew darknight out of the water visually.. It's pretty much the first movie to be so critically aclaimed and almost win a best picture oscar based on how it was filmed and no other reason..
I'm sorry but avatar blew darknight out of the water visually.. It's pretty much the first movie to be so critically aclaimed and almost win a best picture oscar based on how it was filmed and no other reason..
1:54PM on 04/21/2010
how can you say it's not a fad? its been around for 50 years and then it pops up again during a recession. pretty good timing. TF2 had scenes done in IMAX since TDK. besides, it actually takes work to effort film with IMAX stock, something studios don't like when they can spend 2 weeks retrofitting a movie to 3D.
BriffMcfly- the academy raised the number of best picture nominees to 10 because The Dark Knight and Walle didn't make the 2008 oscars and general audiences were pissed. You say its
how can you say it's not a fad? its been around for 50 years and then it pops up again during a recession. pretty good timing. TF2 had scenes done in IMAX since TDK. besides, it actually takes work to effort film with IMAX stock, something studios don't like when they can spend 2 weeks retrofitting a movie to 3D.
BriffMcfly- the academy raised the number of best picture nominees to 10 because The Dark Knight and Walle didn't make the 2008 oscars and general audiences were pissed. You say its the first movie to almost win best picture based on how it was filmed like it was a good thing, to me thats a pretty fucking sad thing. TDK was more than just visuals.
9:50AM on 04/21/2010
I don't know about anyone else, but I LOVE that Nolan and WB made so much money with TDK, cause it proves you don't need shitty 3D conversions or CGI to have a huge universal hit. I hope Nolan shoots Batman 3 entirely in IMAX.
I don't know about anyone else, but I LOVE that Nolan and WB made so much money with TDK, cause it proves you don't need shitty 3D conversions or CGI to have a huge universal hit. I hope Nolan shoots Batman 3 entirely in IMAX.
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12:01PM on 04/21/2010
No, it just proves that you need to keep rehashing one of of the most popular franchises since the 80s to make money.
No, it just proves that you need to keep rehashing one of of the most popular franchises since the 80s to make money.
9:37AM on 04/21/2010
Glad they're not jumping at the 3-D gimmick. 3-D works for Pixar-style movies and action/horror movies with no plot. It makes the experience of watching the movie more fun, but if you throw some cheesy 3-D action shots in a movie with a deep story it takes you out of the world the movie creates.
Glad they're not jumping at the 3-D gimmick. 3-D works for Pixar-style movies and action/horror movies with no plot. It makes the experience of watching the movie more fun, but if you throw some cheesy 3-D action shots in a movie with a deep story it takes you out of the world the movie creates.
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9:23AM on 04/21/2010
First of all, film is not better than digital, not anymore (nor is it worse). Though, what he says about digital & 3D is completely off base. This is just a cinematographer who refuses to to adapt to the new world.

Nothing wrong with that, but bashing digital is just a petty way to try and make a point. This guys isn't some great cinematographer, he has no room to talk shit about a format he obviously doesn't have a clue about. And the truth is one of the worst things about Nolan's Batman
First of all, film is not better than digital, not anymore (nor is it worse). Though, what he says about digital & 3D is completely off base. This is just a cinematographer who refuses to to adapt to the new world.

Nothing wrong with that, but bashing digital is just a petty way to try and make a point. This guys isn't some great cinematographer, he has no room to talk shit about a format he obviously doesn't have a clue about. And the truth is one of the worst things about Nolan's Batman films is their very mediocre cinematography.

Sorry, just a tech-head rant of mine. Digital WILL replace film, no doubt about it. Film is obsolete, and the difference between modern digital cinema & film are non-existent.

Even the brilliant visual film like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was shot on old digital technology.
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9:45AM on 04/21/2010
Sorry dude, but film isn't going anywhere. Saying film is dead is comparable to when people said radio was dead when television came out. 35mm is just another tool filmmakers can use for entertainment. And trust me, they'll keep using it.
Sorry dude, but film isn't going anywhere. Saying film is dead is comparable to when people said radio was dead when television came out. 35mm is just another tool filmmakers can use for entertainment. And trust me, they'll keep using it.
10:26AM on 04/21/2010
Thumbs down. If anything sounds petty it's your second paragraph.
Thumbs down. If anything sounds petty it's your second paragraph.
2:39PM on 04/21/2010
Yeah he is a horrible cinematographer. Has no talent at all... or wait he has been nominated for 3 Oscars all from Nolan films dumb ass.
Yeah he is a horrible cinematographer. Has no talent at all... or wait he has been nominated for 3 Oscars all from Nolan films dumb ass.
4:43PM on 04/21/2010
Uh film is far from dead and HD is far from achieving it's quality in any respect, amigo. Film is faaaar more advanced than the red cam, the genesis or whatever other camera is coming along. Newbie filmmakers think film is dead because you've probably never shot 35 mm. If you had you would know that it is far superior in every respect. I've shot on every camera from 35, the red to the new canon cams and although they do a great job they are not nor ever will be film.

Keep your digital cameras
Uh film is far from dead and HD is far from achieving it's quality in any respect, amigo. Film is faaaar more advanced than the red cam, the genesis or whatever other camera is coming along. Newbie filmmakers think film is dead because you've probably never shot 35 mm. If you had you would know that it is far superior in every respect. I've shot on every camera from 35, the red to the new canon cams and although they do a great job they are not nor ever will be film.

Keep your digital cameras for your youtube videos.
10:29AM on 04/22/2010
Big thumbs up to Housecoat man.

Every single digital camera wreaks of the look of video. The only camera that comes close to film (in my opinion) is the Genesis. Go watch Che Part 1 and be slapped in the face face by how awesome the 16mm UN scenes look in comparison to the rest of the film (shot on RED).
Big thumbs up to Housecoat man.

Every single digital camera wreaks of the look of video. The only camera that comes close to film (in my opinion) is the Genesis. Go watch Che Part 1 and be slapped in the face face by how awesome the 16mm UN scenes look in comparison to the rest of the film (shot on RED).
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9:00AM on 04/21/2010

I'd take some scenes in IMAX over 3D

I'm glad some directors are realizing that 3D might be just another gimmick to get more money, I really hope Batman 3 isn't in 3D.
I'm glad some directors are realizing that 3D might be just another gimmick to get more money, I really hope Batman 3 isn't in 3D.
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8:53AM on 04/21/2010
So is this an unofficial confirmation the Nolan will be back in the director's chair for Bats 3?
So is this an unofficial confirmation the Nolan will be back in the director's chair for Bats 3?
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8:29AM on 04/21/2010
"One thing that has been decided on is that the next Batman film will be shot using film."
Best. News. Ever.
Thanks so much.
While Dark Knight is overrated as hell (still good) and didn't have that great of cinematography, still... awesome to read there will be guys in Hollywood left who get that digital cameras suck big time.
"One thing that has been decided on is that the next Batman film will be shot using film."
Best. News. Ever.
Thanks so much.
While Dark Knight is overrated as hell (still good) and didn't have that great of cinematography, still... awesome to read there will be guys in Hollywood left who get that digital cameras suck big time.
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7:53AM on 04/21/2010

Bird's kids are right....

Seeing the TDK IMAX scenes are far more breathtaking and realistic than any form of 3D. One of my greatest memories of going to the theatre.
Seeing the TDK IMAX scenes are far more breathtaking and realistic than any form of 3D. One of my greatest memories of going to the theatre.
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7:26AM on 04/21/2010
Best news of the day. Bring on Batman 3 bitches!
Best news of the day. Bring on Batman 3 bitches!
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7:20AM on 04/21/2010
YES. Finally some filmmakers who aren't willing to fuck up their movie for some additional $$$!
YES. Finally some filmmakers who aren't willing to fuck up their movie for some additional $$$!
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