Have a new movie coming out and want to grab the headlines?
Why not attack the most successful movie of the year.
That’s what The Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Wally Pfister seems to have done.
In an interview – that has been edited to remove the following quote – Wally Pfister mentioned how “appalling” The Avengers movie was from the perspective of a “cinematographer.”
Pfister was not even asked about Joss Whedon’s movie, just: “What’s most important in shooting a film?” — and he went forth with a low blow against the mighty Assemblers.
What’s really important is storytelling. None of it matters if it doesn’t support the story. 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.
It’s a rather interesting statement, not just because The Avengers out performed Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, but that The Dark Knight Rises actually had a higher budget and cost more to make — as Pfister makes the dig The Avengers “spent half a million on the set.”
Pfister also goes on to state that he would only work on a fourth Batman film (rumored for 2016) if he had to sell his house.
What’s really important is storytelling. None of it matters if it doesn’t support the story.