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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
The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises Camera and Electrical Department


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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 Unstrung Heroes (camera operator)
 1995 White Dwarf (TV Movie) (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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Other Works:

Director of photography for Nike TV commercial "Football is Everything" (2006). See more »

Alternate Names:

Walter Pfister

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Personal Quote:

Film has an enormous amount of exposure latitude and dynamic range, which gives us infinite creative ability in creating images. I can underexpose it by 3 stops and overexpose it by 5 stops within the same frame and see the entire spectrum on the screen. That's simply not possible in any digital format I've seen. Every digital camera is trying hard to emulate 35mm film, and there's a reason for ... See more »


Grandfather was the city editor of a newspaper in Wisconsin. See more »


Gothic style of filming See more »

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