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Chris Nolan’s Cinematographer Wally Pfister Calls ‘Avengers’ Appalling, Discusses His Directorial Debut


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Listen up, ‘Avengers‘: Cinematographer Wally Pfister isn’t into your whole thing. In fact, he thinks you’re “appalling.” But it’s not all bad news — Pfister is also working on his directorial debut, so pretty soon he’ll be putting his money where his… eyes… are?

Wally Pfister is one hell of a cinematographer and has worked as Chris Nolan‘s director of photography for years, but now he’s gearing up to make his very own directorial debut. Pfister sat down with the Sarasota Herald Tribune to discuss filmmaking and teased this info about the first film he’ll be directing:

“It’s a present-day science fiction film, a fairly big concept. It’s bigger budget — not as big as ‘Batman,’ but not independent.”

A science fiction film from the guy that’s been making movie magic with Chris Nolan for years? We’re into it. But then he had this to say about Seamus McGarvey’s cinematography on ‘The Avengers’:

“I thought ‘The Avengers’ was an appalling film. They’d shoot from some odd angle and I’d think, why is the camera there? Oh, I see, because they spent half a million on the set and they have to show it off. It took me completely out of the movie. I was driven bonkers by that illogical form of storytelling.”

First off: Credit for using the word “bonkers.” Second: Does Pfister know that McGarvey is an Oscar-nominated cinematographer and has worked on critically-acclaimed films like ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ — which was a beautifully shot and composed piece of cinema. We get what he’s saying here, and ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ was a more intimate film than something big and boisterous like ‘The Avengers,’ where the studio probably did want McGarvey to focus on the big, expensive set pieces. But still, maybe Pfister could be a little nicer to his fellow cinematographers?

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