Wally Pfister has become famous as Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, but he’s making the leap to director with a film called Transcendence. We’ve known little about the movie beyond the fact that Johnny Depp will play the lead — one of three scientists — and that the story has a sci-fi bent as one of the characters ”creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness.”

Now we know that the script — in at least one recent draft — features “themes of singularity, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.” There’s more — some really specific stuff about Depp’s role, in fact — but because the info could be construed as spoilerish, you’ll find it all below. Read More »

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As Christopher Nolan‘s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister prepares his directorial debut, he’s looking to join forces with another Nolan favorite. Christian Bale is said to be on Pfister’s radar for Transcendence, potentially joining rumored stars Johnny Depp, Noomi Rapace, Christoph Waltz, and others. If those names actually pan out, Pfister could end up with a star-studded ensemble to rival any of Nolan’s. Read more after the jump.

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For a few months we’ve known that Wally Pfister, the cinematographer who has shot all of Christopher Nolan‘s major work from Memento on, would be making his directorial debut with a top-secret film. We’ve known that Nolan and Emma Thomas are producing, and Pfister said not long ago that “it’s a present-day science fiction film, a fairly big concept. It’s bigger budget — not as big as “Batman,” but not independent.”

Other than those tidbits we’ve known nothing, not even a title. Now we know the film is called Transcendence, and that Johhny Depp is in talks to star.

Edit: While the original news break called the film “Transendence,” as originally spelled here, it appears that was wrong, and the title uses the standard spelling Transcendence.

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Oh boy, it’s a Marvel vs. DC throw down. Christopher Nolan’s long-time cinematographer, Wally Pfister, who shot not only this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises, but the other two Dark Knight films as well, had some choice words for Marvel’s big 2012 superhero film: The Avengers:

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.

He also revealed that his directorial debut, which Nolan will produce, will be a “modern day sci-fi film,” that’s much smaller than Batman. Read more and discuss the Batman vs. Avengers throw down ater the jump. Read More »

One of the best things about the films of Christopher Nolan is Wally Pfister‘s cinematography. In March, we told you that Pfister would be making the leap to director after The Dark Knight Rises is fully finished. (And hopefully not leaving cinematography behind, as Jan De Bont and Barry Sonnenfeld did.)

At the time we had little info on the film that Pfister plans to direct. Now we know that Nolan and his wife and business partner Emma Thomas will produce the film that Alcon Entertainment is financing. Sadly, we still have no story info or even a title. But you can get what little info is available in the press release below. Read More »

Briefly: Wally Pfister, the cinematographer who has worked with Christopher Nolan on all his films since Memento (winning an Oscar for Inception and ASC Awards for Inception, The Dark Knight and Batman Begins), is about to direct his first feature.

Pfister is being backed by Alcon Entertainment on a film that new screenwriter Jack Paglen wrote. The film is currently untitled, and we don’t have any details on the story. It’s also too early for casting info, so this is a pretty brief story. We do know that Alcon wants to shoot the film this fall, so we should have more info soon. Read More »

The technology used to make films has been changing at a rapid pace for the past twenty years. Digital video has gone from being an upstart media to a primary means for creating movies. Major companies are no longer producing new film cameras. Native 3D requires shooting on digital, but the popularity of IMAX keeps some film purists going. Companies like Kodak are experiencing tougher times than ever.

Side by Side is a documentary directed by Chris Kenneally in which Keanu Reeves (who also produced) talks about film and video with a wide variety of filmmakers, including Steven Soderbergh, James Cameron, David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Martin Scorsese, Andy & Lana Wachowski, Christopher Nolan, Walter Pfister, David Fincher and many, many more.

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