How David Fincher Broke Into the Film Industry & Worked on 'Star Wars'
It's really no surprise that he enjoyed the meticulous work it took to create translights based on his current reputation for being very precise with his films. It's also not surprising that his jobs came out of connections he had with friends, which is how that cliché saying goes: "It's who you know." Some are more fortunate than others, but certainly Fincher capitalized on these connections and it has led to a very successful career as a director in Hollywood.
You can watch the rest of the interview here (which is from 2010 during the release of The Social Network).