3 Things to Avoid When Directing Films – David Fincher

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Fincher-7-office-600According to David Fincher, do you have any guesses about what the top 3 things to avoid when directing films are?

1. Hand-held camera work

2. Close-ups

3. A noticeable human camera operator

Do you think this is crazy? Maybe you’re right.

If you want to find out what he really means, check out this fantastic video by Tony Zhou. Even if you don’t like Fincher, or his movies, you have to respect his command of the craft.

He’s one of the best “craft-based” directors working today.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the video:

“I just love the idea of this omniscience. The camera just goes over here kinda perfectly, then goes over there kinda perfectly, it doesn’t have any personality. It’s very much like what’s happening was doomed to happen.” – David Fincher

“One thing I find interesting about filmmakers is the more they direct, the more they can express themselves in the smallest detail of the scene.” – Tony Zhou

I encourage you to have an opinion about everything said in this video. If you interact and engage, I guarantee you’ll walk away a better filmmaker. Enjoy!


If you learned anything from this video consider supporting Tony with a donation – patreon.com/everyframeapainting

If you want to learn more about David Fincher and his directing style check out – Film Theory & Directing Style – David Fincher

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