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Wally Pfister


Wally Pfister is an American cinematographer and film director, who is best known for his work with Christopher Nolan. He is also known for his work on director F. Gary Gray's The Italian Job (2003) and Bennett Miller's Moneyball (2011). He made his directorial debut with the film Transcendence (2014), starring Johnny Depp. His first collaboration ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 26 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Inception Cinematographer
(2010)
The Dark Knight Cinematographer
(2008)
The Prestige Cinematographer
(2006)
The Dark Knight Rises Cinematographer
(2012)

Filmography

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 2012 The Dark Knight Rises (director of photography)
 2012 Paul McCartney: My Valentine (Video short)
 2011 Moneyball (director of photography)
 2010 Pom Wonderful (TV Short)
 2010 Inception (director of photography)
 2008 The Dark Knight (director of photography)
 2006 The Prestige (director of photography)
 2005 Slow Burn (director of photography)
 2005 Batman Begins (director of photography)
 2003 The Italian Job (director of photography)
 2002 Laurel Canyon
 2002 Insomnia (director of photography)
 2001 Rustin
 2001 Sanctuary (TV Movie)
 2001 Scotland, Pa. (director of photography)
 2000 Memento (director of photography)
 2000 Sharing the Secret (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1999 The Hi-Line
 1998 Breakfast with Einstein (TV Movie)
 1998 Rhapsody in Bloom (TV Movie)
 1997 A Kid in Aladdin's Palace (Video) (director of photography - as Walter Pfister)
 1995 Frontline (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1995 The Granny (Video)
 1994 The Last Laugh (Short)
 1994 Stranger by Night (Video)
 1994 Animal Instincts II (Video)
 1993 Mirror Images II (Video)
 1993 Amityville: A New Generation (Video) (director of photography)
 1993 Stepmonster (Video)
 1992 Inside Out IV (Video)
 1992 Animal Instincts (Video)
 1992 Inside Out III (Video)
 1992 Night Rhythms (Video)
 1992 Inside Out II (Video)
 1992 Secret Games (Video)
 1992 Sketch Artist (TV Movie)
 1991 Lower Level (Video)
 1991 Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (TV Movie documentary)
 1991 Inside Out (Video)
 1991 The Unborn
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Photographed and directed Got Milk? TV commercial "Midnight Run". See more »

Alternate Names:

Walter Pfister | William Pfister
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I liked photographing people kind of on the sly with a long lens. I tried to capture stolen moments and find humor in them. I took pictures in natural light with interesting colors and shapes. But photography wasn't my main interest. I loved music. I played guitar in high school bands and that's still one of my passions. See more »

Trivia:

As of 2013, he is the only cinematographer that has worked with Director Christopher Nolan since and including "Memento" (2000). See more »

Trademark:

Frequently breaks the 180-degree rule See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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