David Fincher Technique

24 October 2017

Eye Catching: One Secret To David Fincher’s Film Technique

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder Of Atomic Tango LLC; this article contains affiliate links, and buying through them may benefit the Atomic Tango martini fund…

The first DVD I ever bought was Fight Club, and not just because it was based on the inventive and incendiary novel by Chuck Palahniuk. (One of my favorite books.) Throw in Fincher’s directorial prowess and the compelling lead performances, and Fight Club warranted watching again and again and again. (Plus, the film blows up Century City, where I used to live for two unpleasant years. Very cathartic.)

But even as a repeat viewer, I didn’t notice Fincher’s brilliant cinematographic technique to make audiences fixate on characters and connect with them emotionally. The guy who did catch on is creative analyst/YouTube star Evan Puschak, aka “The Nerdwriter.” Here’s what he noticed in Fincher’s films:

Like a film school class, right? Just thousands of dollars cheaper.

I’d love to practice this with my videos, but I’ll need a whole other lesson on how to get my cats to do take after take.

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Freddy is the Founder & Creative Strategist of Atomic Tango. He also teaches at the University of Southern California (go Trojans!), shoots pool somewhat adequately, and herds cats. Freddy received his BA from Harvard and his MBA from USC.

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