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DARK KNIGHT CINEMATOGRAPHER RAILS AGAINST AVENGERS

October 18, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

The Avengers may have far surpassed The Dark Knight Rises at the worldwide box office this year — although each earned more than $1 billion, more than any other films in 2012 — but the Oscar-winning cinematographer of the final Batman installment regards the work of his counterpart on The Avengers as “appalling.” As reported by the Huffington Post, Wally Pfister, who won an Oscar for Christopher Nolan’s Inception and also won nominations for Nolan’s first two Batman films, told an audience at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, “What’s really important [in cinematography] is storytelling. None of it matters if it doesn’t support the story.” And, given that mandate, he indicated, “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.” In a separate interview with the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Pfister remarked that he has long refused to work on a film shot with digital cameras. “What’s troubling to me is that digital has eclipsed film before it has eclipsed it artistically. I will be accepting of digital when it is the equal of film; there’s something wrong with technology that moves you backward rather than forward,” he said.