+++ UPDATE 11/16/2007: There is an interesting discussion evolving in the comments section of this post. Thanks a lot to every contributor for voicing their respective opinion.
And a tremendous "Thank You" to Kevin for his essay:
You put a lot of effort into it -- we appreciate that!
I ran into this wildly interesting, must-share-with-you-guys article about "The Close-Ups Of David Fincher"; a blog-entry primarily about Fincher's work with Madonna, and a brief analysis of some of his editing tricks and lighting styles.
Even though I do not agree with the author that David Fincher reached his creative and artistic peak in 1992 with the "Vogue" video for Madonna, the article is an interesting read and I wish there were more like this out there.
Every time I watch a Fincher work, whether it's one of his music videos, commercials or especially his movies, I cannot help but sense a magical touch to the way each scene is shot, lit and edited.
The movement of the Fincher camera, the mood of the Fincher lighting, the smoothness of the Fincher editing -- I wish somebody came up with a detailed analysis of how all these elements interact in the Fincher universe. Sort of like THE FINCHER CODE; FINCHER FOR DUMMIES; the kind.
On the other hand I guess genius cannot be compressed into formulas. It's clear that Fincher follows priniciples in each field of directorial decision-making. Principles yes. Rules no.
Can't wait to hear your view on this. And if anyone has observations about Fincher's style to share with the rest of the fanatic bunch ... this is certainly the place to do so.
Thanks for writing and commenting.
And don't forget to read the article! It's this way: