We have desires to see David Fincher’s new film Gone Girl, though we have not yet wrangled the time or babysitter to do so. Fincher has directed some of our favorite films, including Fight Club and The Social Network, and I hold him up as one of the greatest working directors. I shall quote him again with this filmmaking gem:
There’s potentially a hundred different ways to shoot something but at the end of the day there’s really only two, and one of them is wrong.
But sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint what a director does to create the style and effects of their shots and overall film. That’s where a veteran film critic and analyst like Tony Zhou is so helpful.
I’m a fan of his Every Frame a Painting series, and this week he focused on Fincher’s ever more restrained directing hand. It is illuminating, as always.