Lessons From David Fincher - You Don't Need Unnecessary Camera Effects!

By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on July 01, 2015

David Fincher is an unconventional director whose style of storytelling is distinctive and exciting. His movies cut across the critic/ audience divide and he's one of the few filmmakers who's been able to please both together on a consistent basis.

When Fincher tells a story, he addresses the audience in a very subtle manner with the types of shots that he employs. He almost never uses unnecessary camera tricks but focuses on his storytelling to deliver the desired effect. Rarely does he shoot with a handheld. He doesn't prefer shaky or unwanted camera movements but likes shots that are stable and give a clear perspective of what's happening in the scene.

This video essay by Tony Zhou of Every Frame A Painting fame does a great job of highlighting what Fincher doesn't do in his films.

Amongst the things he does, he uses close ups judiciously. Whenever Fincher cuts to a close up, it is evident that he wants the audience to notice something that will be important in the future course of the film.

No wonder he's leave's such an impact on the audience with his films. Who can forget the chill down their spine watching Gone Girl or the energy & exuberance of Fight Club.


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