by Sophia Savage, published on February 27, 2011 - 9:15pm|
Soundbites from the Backstage Interview with Inceptions Best Cinematography winner, Wally Pfister:
...theres a reason that Ive been nominated for films with Christopher Nolan, because hes a brilliant filmmaker and hes got incredible vision and really, as I said up there, theres no way I accomplish what Ive accomplished without the brilliant vision of Chris Nolan. And along the other lines, well see what happens. You know, Im really thrilled in the moment right now with what Im doing and well see whether I keep the day job or try something else.
Q: So youre filming on towards the complexity of dreams. Did you ever have a personal dream that helped you, you know, visualize what exactly one of the particular scenes looked like?
A. Most of my dreams are too filthy to talk about in an open room of women, so no, yeah, when Chris wrote the screenplay and read it, really realized it could relate to a lot of what he was talking about in the dream world and sort of, you know, envision it and figure it out. So, it was yeah, it was very inspiring. Did that answer your question?
Q. After winning the ASC Award and tonight winning the Oscar, how do you feel as a cinematographer and personally as an individual creative person?
A. Id like to ask the question in the room, is there any reporter in here who hasnt said the phrase, How do you feel? Anybody, raise your hand and if youve never said, How do you feel. Im just fucking with you. How do I feel? Im blown away. This is unfucking believable. You know, I walked out there and its the most surreal moment in my life. And you know, Ive worked very hard, you know, to do what I did in the movies and just to get this, you kind of go, What do I do now, whats next? Did that answer your question?
Q. Some scenes from Inception had gone through the 3D post conversion process, but it was axed before it was publicly released. What are your thoughts on 3D and would you ever go into making a 3D film?
A. Im personally not a big 3D fan. It doesnt really work for me. I dont like the glasses, I dont like the dark image, you know, through there. And its it feels a little gimmicky to me. Thats my own personal preference, Im not a big fan of that. We like to, in terms of the immersion for the audience, we like to do things like film things in IMAX and put it on a much larger canvas and higher resolution rather than three dimensional. So in turns of whats happening with Inception, you know, Chris and I are like minded in that way. I dont know whether theyre going release a DVD version in 3D or not, but thats definitely, its just not something Im that interested in as a filmmaker.
ONSTAGE SPEECH: Good God, what have you done? Thank you so much, this is a phenomenal honor for me. Thank you to the Academy for this great honor and for the respect you have shown for all cinematographers. I got to take a breath here for a minute. Breathe it in for a second. Wheres that thing that shows you how much time, there it goes. None of what I did would have been possible without the incredible vision of my master Christopher Nolan. His work youre taking up my time. His work has inspired me for 12 years and continues to, hes a brilliant filmmaker as we all know. Much thanks to Emma Nolan, to Warner Brothers, to my fantastic union crew, and my family, Anna, Nick, Claire, and Mia and to my Mom and Dad. Thanks so much!