Thursday, October 02, 2014
DAVID FINCHER: EVERY FRAME A PAINTING
David Fincher is one of those directors that I can't wait for their next film to come out. I first took notice of his work after I saw the film Seven (or Se7en, if you wanna be like that). The second those brilliantly dark opening credits started I knew that this was going to be an intense film. How can you not anticipate a ton of foreboding after this?
I picked up a copy of the BFI book about the making of Seven, and it breaks the film down in great detail, digging into just how detailed the direction is in a Fincher film. Everything down to the word that an edit falls on manipulates the viewer and builds the story just as much as the performances and screenplay. It's really fascinating. Fincher operates on an entirely different plain from the rest of us.
Boing Boing just posted a fantastic video that emphasizes just how in control Fincher is with his films. Tony Zhou has a bunch of great videos on Vimeo under the name Every Frame a Painting. These videos study film and directors and dig into the mechanics of great film making. The one they posted today deals with how David Fincher directs a scene, and it's fascinating. In just over seven (coincidence?) minutes it makes the case for David Fincher as the greatest working director today. I'm convinced.
David Fincher - And the Other Way is Wrong from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.
Check out the other videos, too, like this one about how Scorsese uses silence. They're all great.
Martin Scorsese - The Art of Silence from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.