March 31, 2015

Explore the Early Career of David Fincher, From His Music Videos Through 'Alien 3'

Filmmaker Cameron Beyl of the Raccord collective has already offered up a terrific and exhaustive look at the work of Stanley Kubrick in his Directors Series, and now he's back with a new set of videos exploring the work of David Fincher. Part one takes a look at Fincher's career through his first feature Alien 3:

One of the interesting things about Fincher, and probably one of the reasons his work stands out (and why he's considered an auteur), is that even in his earliest works, his style is very distinctive. The director of photography plays a big part in how something looks, but Fincher's work stays consistently dark and gritty even through his first feature, and through a number of different cinematographers. Though he has since worked with DP Jeff Cronenweth on a number of features, it's likely that his work would still carry a distinct visual stamp regardless of who was shooting it. 

It's fascinating that someone like Fincher, who had such a singular vision, would choose to take on the third film of a big studio franchise. Besides wanting to move into the feature world, it likely had something to do with the directors who had done the previous two films, Ridley Scott and James Cameron, and the hope that he'd be able to put his own stamp on the franchise. He did eventually get through all of the difficulties and come out the other side with a film, but one has to wonder how it would have turned out if he'd gotten to do things his way the entire time. 

Stay tuned for the rest of The Directors Series on David Fincher, which will explore the rest of his career.      

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There is no question he is an amazingly talent. He just needs freedom. I'd like to see him get back to some horror or strong sci-fi. We need more of his talent there.

April 1, 2015 at 1:50AM

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Darren Orange
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If you can get hold of the older DVD of Alien 3 there's a great 3-hour making-of doc. Although there's no direct input from Fincher (because of the bad blood etc) it still has some interesting BTS stuff of him at work. There's also a nice section about him working with Jordan Cronenweth - Jeff's father - who was the DP on Blade Runner. Jordan was suffering from Parkinsons during the shoot and eventually had to step down, but the few clips of them working together show Fincher clearly had huge respect for Jordan.

April 1, 2015 at 3:00AM, Edited April 1, 3:00AM

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Jon Mills
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I don't want to hate but I seem to remember NFS bringing me things I didn't see on Vimeo last week. Am I just more plugged into where NFS is poaching their content or has the site gone downhill?

April 1, 2015 at 11:17AM

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Brooks Reynolds
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not everyone checks vimeo everyday... Just be glad you got the first read

April 3, 2015 at 12:05PM

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Kyle Lamar
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This dude has a sick mind, but I like it! Crazy ass directors always finish first

April 3, 2015 at 12:04PM

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Kyle Lamar
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This was awesome. Thanks so much for posting!!

April 4, 2015 at 10:37AM

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Anthony F. Moorman
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