On Friday, April 16, the Dallas Film Society presented their coveted Star Award to Wally Pfister for his accomplishments in the world of cinematography, which includes a longtime partnership with Christopher Nolan on such films as Memento, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight. Earlier in the day, Cinematical sat down with Pfister to discuss his career, during which time he offered a few insights about the future of the Batman movie franchise, including whether the film might succumb to being shot in 3-D.
Pfister is of a like mind with Nolan about the merits of 3-D (check back for a full interview soon, in which he details their mutual disinterest), which the duo declined to use for their upcoming film Inception. But the acclaimed, award-winning director of photography said that neither he nor Nolan has ruled out the possibility of shooting it using the format. "What Chris and I have talked about is doing something cool and something interesting," Pfister said. "[Director] Brad Bird was [saying] 'you've got to shoot the whole thing in IMAX!' I was like, yeah, I've talked to Chris about that."
Pfister acknowledged that the technology required to shoot Batman 3 in IMAX would likely be cumbersome, since he and Nolan used it for several sequences in The Dark Knight, but isn't sure that 3-D photography will even be an issue by the time they start shooting. "I did it for one shot of The Dark Knight because he said, you have to say you did it, and literally I had this strapped to my shoulder and I was carrying it. But I think Chris is game for doing something interesting like that, Lord knows that the 3-D fad might pass by the time that summer comes around."
Pfister also said that regardless in how many dimensions they end up shooting the Caped Crusader's exploits, he knows that some decisions have already been made about the film's photography. "But I know one thing about the film that Chris is adamant about is that he wants to shoot on film," Pfister said. "He doesn't want to shoot on video, and I'm the same way."