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The Cinematography Of The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, Wally Pfister on the look of the films

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"We haven’t gone digital and we haven’t gone 3D. And my car is steam-powered as well. Chris and I have not changed our philosophy one bit. This pressure to shoot digitally has been around for five or six years now, but my argument has always been that my only motivation for shooting on film was for the look of the picture, and I’m not going to be persuaded by a studio to shoot digital on some awful manufactured camera. To me that’s an artistic conflict – [a studio supporting a particular technology] is not a valid reason for forcing an artist to use a particular tool. The reality is that Chris and I find film to be of higher quality. We’re not counting megapixels. Film just gives you so much more latitude than digital cameras have. IMAX, on the other hand, has a physical impact that is really unparalleled. Chris and I have always felt – and been able to prove! – that IMAX is an immersive format which is endless, and has much more impact than three dimensions or stereoscopic. 28 minutes of The Dark Knight was shot in full IMAX, and upwards of an hour of The Dark Knight Rises. I’m telling ya, it’s sick!"

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