David Fincher, is one of the most visually arresting filmmakers working on the planet today. With films like Seven, Fight Club, Alien 3, Zodiac and the new Netflix TV series Mindhunter amongst his glowing resume, all share one particular thing, and like the creator of the following video describes, one couldn’t quite understand why his films grab your attention so much – until now.
It all seems to be down to one very simple thing, which ‘Nerdwriter1’ describes in his equally absorbing video tutorial. It’s all down to the camera moves employed in all of his films.
If you were to go back and check out any of Fincher’s work – from Gone Girl to the 2011 remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – you’ll find one thing that is the same in all of them – a simple camera move. With the use of a title, a tracking shot, or a simple pan, Fincher follows the behavior of the actor or action playing out on screen. The best example is the vivid, striking shot of the car being followed overhead in the film Zodiac. It’s almost as if the camera is in some way attached to the lens. It’s quite remarkable.
The video explains it better than I can, and it’s worth loading up a few of Fincher’s work to get the results. The evidence is very much in there.
Check out the video below, and don’t forget to get into Mindhunter, which is now streaming over on Netflix.