From cinematographer to boss, Wally Pfister talks about hisA� first film as director
Wally Pfister has made a name for himselfa��as one of Hollywooda��sA� top cinematographers in the past decade. Proving that his cinematic eye can work on various formats, he recently shot the latest Apple Watch ads on a Red Dragon camera. Depicting the human side of the watch, discussion forums have even called the shots a Rembrandt. The cinematographer has to his credit blockbusters including Momento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight series and, of course, the Oscar-winning Inception. He is often referred to as Christopher Nolana��s secret weapon. And while Pfistera��s directorial debut last year, Transcendence, didna��t create a stir at the box office, he insists that some of Nolana��s magic has rubbed off on him.
This weekend, the sci-fi film, sees a TV premiere. About Dr Will Caster (Johnny Depp) who creates a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known, with the full range of human emotions, it questions technology and human ethics. a�?I am happy with the way Transcendence turned out. I know I made mistakes in that it wasna��t clear enough for mass appeal. But I said exactly what I tried to say,a�? insists Pfister.
Picking IMAX as his favourite format to shoot in, he explains that the imagery is immersive. a�?It carries a certain weight with it. It is shot in such high resolution and the imagery covers the entire screen, you simply get lost in what you see,a�? he marvels. Pfister believes that awards are a validation of the work youa��ve put in. a�?But Ia��d prefer mass appeal to begin with because then the money can go to make a film that will win an award,a�? he concludes.
Transcendence premieres on Sunday, 1 pm and 9 pm, on Sony PIX