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Wally Pfister

Wally Pfister is an American cinematographer and film director, who is best known for his work with Christopher Nolan. He is also known for his work on director F. Gary Gray's The Italian Job (2003) and Bennett Miller's Moneyball (2011). He made his directorial debut with the film Transcendence (2014), starring Johnny Depp. His first collaboration ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 26 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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Inception Cinematographer
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Cinematographer
The Prestige
The Prestige Cinematographer
Batman Begins
Batman Begins Cinematographer


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 2013 The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of the Dark Knight Trilogy (Video documentary) (videographer)
 2012 The Dark Knight Rises (camera operator: "a" camera - uncredited)
 2012 Marley (Documentary) (additional photographer)
 2002 Insomnia (camera operator: "a" camera - uncredited)
 2000 Mexico City (second unit camera operator)
 2000 The Million Dollar Hotel (additional photographer)
 1999 Stuart Little (camera operator: "a" camera, second unit)
 1999 Instinct (additional camera operator)
 1998-1999 V.I.P. (TV Series) (camera operator - 6 episodes)
- Good Val Hunting (1999) ... (camera operator)
- Midnight in the Garden of Ronnie Beeman (1999) ... (camera operator)
- Diamonds Are a Val's Best Friend (1998) ... (camera operator)
- One Wedding and Val's Funeral (1998) ... (camera operator)
- Bloody Val-entine (1998) ... (camera operator)
 1998 Glory, Glory (TV Movie) (camera operator)
 1998 Willie Nelson at the Teatro (Documentary) (camera operator: "b" camera)
 1998 Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! (Video) (director of photography: second unit)
 1997 Mousehunt (additional director of photography: second unit - uncredited) / (camera operator)
 1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (additional photographer)
 1996 The Cherokee Kid (TV Movie) (camera operator)
 1996 Phenomenon (camera operator)
 1995 White Dwarf (TV Movie) (camera operator)
 1995 Unstrung Heroes (camera operator)
 1995 While You Were Sleeping (camera operator - as Walter Pfister)
 1994 Past Tense (TV Movie) (camera operator)
 1993 Wild Palms (TV Mini-Series) (camera operator - 5 episodes)
- Hello, I Must Be Going (1993) ... (camera operator)
- Hungry Ghosts (1993) ... (camera operator)
- Rising Sons (1993) ... (camera operator)
- The Floating World (1993) ... (camera operator)
- Everything Must Go (1993) ... (camera operator)
 1992 Sketch Artist (TV Movie) (camera operator)
 1992 Leather Jackets (director of photography: second unit)
 1991 The Perfect Bride (TV Movie) (assistant camera)
 1990 Naked Obsession (additional photography)
 1990 Prayer of the Rollerboys (additional camera)
 1990 Slumber Party Massacre III (director of photography: second unit)
 1990 Body Chemistry (director of photography: second unit)
 1990 Streets (additional director of photography) / (gaffer)
 1989 After Midnight (grip - as Walter Pfister)
 1988 Tanner '88 (TV Mini-Series) (camera operator: second unit)
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Director of photography for PlayStation 3 TV commercial "Eggs" (2006). See more »

Alternate Names:

Walter Pfister

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The battle that we have to fight as cinematographers is to not let anybody treat us like we are consumers by using marketing techniques to push technology that's not better than what we have. Good enough isn't good enough. 24P is nowhere near the resolution of 35mm film, and if you put it side by side with anamorphic it's off the charts. There's not even a comparison. I don't see why we should ... See more »


Graduated from the AFI Cinematography program in 1989 where he befriended cinematographers Janusz Kaminski, Mauro Fiore and Phedon Papamichael. All four friends apprenticed together on various low budget Roger Corman films early in their careers. See more »


Gothic style of filming See more »

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