Wally Pfister

As the cinematographer of choice for director Christopher Nolan, Wally Pfister brought darkness and light to nearly all of the filmmaker's features, including "Memento" (2002), "Batman Begins" (2005) and the blockbuster ... Read more »
Born: 07/08/1961 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (50)

The Dark Knight Rises 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Moneyball 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Inception 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Dark Knight 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Slow Burn 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Prestige 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Batman Begins 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Laurel Canyon 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Italian Job 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Insomnia 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rustin 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Scotland, PA 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Memento 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Instinct 1999 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

"A" camera operator (Camera Operator)

The Hi-Line 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997 (Movie)

(Photography)

Mouse Hunt 1997 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

High Stakes in Cyberspace 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Phenomenon 1996 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Unstrung Heroes 1995 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

While You Were Sleeping 1995 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Object of Obsession 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Secret Games 3 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Granny 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Animal Instincts 2 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mirror Images II 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Last Laugh 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wild Palms 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Amityville: A New Generation 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

In the Heat of Passion 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Sketch Artist 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

A Time For Change 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Camera

Animal Instincts 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Leather Jackets 1991 (Movie)

2nd unit camera (Camera)

Night Rhythms 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Prayer of the Rollerboys 1991 (Movie)

(Photography)

Secret Games 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Unborn 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lower Level 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Naked Obsession 1990 (Movie)

(Photography)

Nora Roberts' Sanctuary (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Past Tense (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Rhapsody in Bloom (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Sharing the Secret (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Cherokee Kid (TV Show)

Camera Operator

The Perfect Bride (TV Show)

Camera Operator

White Dwarf (TV Show)

Camera Operator
Actor (4)

Side by Side 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Making the Movie: The Italian Job 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of a Scene: Memento 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Transcendence 2014 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

Turbo 2013 (Movie)

Visual Consultant (Consultant)

Biography

As the cinematographer of choice for director Christopher Nolan, Wally Pfister brought darkness and light to nearly all of the filmmaker's features, including "Memento" (2002), "Batman Begins" (2005) and the blockbuster "The Dark Knight" (2008). A former television cameraman for news programs like "Frontline" (PBS, 1983- ), Pfister broke into the movies after serving as a camera operator on Robert Altman's docudrama miniseries "Tanner '88" (HBO, 1988). His keen eye quickly elevated him from low-budget thrillers for Roger Corman to major motion pictures like "Phenomenon" (1996) and "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" (1997). But it was his collaborations with Nolan that truly brought him into the spotlight. From the dark, gritty world of "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," to the visually stunning camerawork on "Inception" (2010), Pfister received a deluge of praise of his efforts and solidified his position as one of the most talented and acclaimed cinematographers working in Hollywood.

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1988 - 1990
Graduated 1990

Bonus Trivia

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Pfister received The American Film Institute's Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal on June 7, 2012.

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