The piece starts out as a visual effects talk, about digital workflows and head replacements, motion capture and such. But before you know this turns into a really interesting chat about acting, performance, filmmaking, and David Fincher's future projects.
Fincher has some wonderful points he is making, about Benjamin Button and its qualities and flaws, about the advantages of the digital workflow he has put into place, as well as about other movies he saw this year, THE DARK KNIGHT, IRON MAN and INDIANA JONES.
I know this will send the fanboy alarm flaring, but to me this, even if it's "just" an interview, feels very edutaining: Fincher's talking about how the role and ability of new directors has changed compared to 1995, his differentiation between acting and performance, and his assessment of fellow directors Zack Snyder, Robert Zemeckis and James Cameron.
There is this great part, talking about the studio's budgeting for "Panic Room", I really liked:
Gotta love the Finch!
Thanks to Bill and Sebas for pointing us to it.
VFXWorld.com: Fincher Talks Benjamin Button And VFX