Many readers might not recognize the name Wally Pfister, but those cinephiles in the reading audience know Pfister as the man behind the camera in such movies as The Prestige, Inception, as well as the Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Trilogy – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark knight Rises.
Recently Pfister was involved in a Q&A and was asked:
“What’s most important in shooting a film?”
Pfister responded with a sharply worded critique of the biggest film of the year.
“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.”
No one can deny that Pfister knows his craft, he won an Oscar for his work on Inception, but is this the proper place and way to vent his professional opinion about another cinematographer’s work?
Couldn’t he have answered the question, “Taking the audience out of the movie with poor camera placement.” as his answer without throwing stones? Pfister is entitled to his opinion, no one is arguing that, but it just feels off putting, seeing it displayed in this manner.
Seamus McGarvey, (Who got an Oscar nomination for Atonement) was the cinematographer for The Avengers, we’ll be keeping an eye out for his response to this pretty harsh criticism.
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