Art Of The Title: Fight Club

Most fanatics already know that David Fincher decided to spend just under one million dollars on a single shot in FIGHT CLUB: The film's amygdalic eye-candy brain thrill-ride. You better be a believer in the magic of the title sequence if you throw that kind of money at it. But with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, PANIC ROOM and mostly the iconic SE7EN to his credit it is obvious that Fincher knew what he was doing all along...

The lovely folks over at Artofthetitle.com finally — after duly honoring Se7en, The Game, Panic Room, and Alien³ — swung around to dedicating an article to Fincher's cult-classic, picking, literally, the brains of the creatives behind the scenes.


So here you go:

http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/fight-club/

Here's the rest of 'em...

http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo/
http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/panic-room/
http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/the-game/
http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/se7en/
http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/alien3/

...as well as Artofthetitle's original "David Fincher: A Film Title Retrospective", that you've seen before but must watch and read again, because it has all that Fincher greatness in one place.

http://www.artofthetitle.com/feature/david-fincher-a-film-title-retrospective/

Are you not entertained?

28 comments:

  1. http://www.studiodaily.com/2014/08/inside-gone-girls-6k-review-and-editorial-pipeline/?scid=social29620326

    That´s what i called High End Editing Equipment *----*

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    1. NVIDIA Demonstrates GPU Processing at SIGGRAPH

      By Jon K. Carroll
      August 18, 2014
      Tom's Hardware

      [In this video] "Mike Kanfer, Business Development Manager at Adobe, and Jeff Brue, postproduction supervisor for Gone Girl (an upcoming film starring Ben Affleck and directed by David Fincher), discuss shooting and postproduction of the film.

      Gone Girl was shot in 6K on the RED Dragon camera and postproduction was done in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC. The offline edit was done in 2.5K ProRes and viewed in 1920x1080 HD. The systems used for this included seven HP z820 workstations with between 128 GB and 256 GB of RAM, and two 2011 Mac Pro systems. All machines were equipped with either the new K5200 or the top-of-the-line K6000 Nvidia GPUs."

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    2. "...80% shots in our timelines were After Effects projects..."

      Sweet :)

      I love how simple this workflow is. Thanks for finding this Daryl.

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  2. Thanks for the link Phil. Here's their direct link to the NVIDIA Hard Core Tech Info ~
    http://cdn.studiodaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/9926_Case_Study_Gone-Girl_US_Final_lores.pdf

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  3. Last weekend I was surfing the TV channels in the middle of the night, I was about to go to sleep, but I've stumbled upon this movie called Fight Club ;) Of course I watched it for the hundred time until 3 a.m. :P This movie is pure cinematic perfection from the amazing title sequence to end credits. Perfection.

    Phil & Simon, thank you! I love these type of links, keep'em coming ;)

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    1. Hi mikez, i know the feeling myself, you can´t switch off a fincher movie *--* its impossible

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  4. In the next issue of Entertainment Weekly (Aug, 22/29):

    A cover by Fincher (the other one is a tribute to Robin Williams) and Gone Girl: Behind the Veil of the Season's Darkest Thriller:

    "We check in with David Fincher as he puts the finishing touches on his eagerly awaited adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-seller Gone Girl."

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    1. Very nice.

      Even tough I've read the book and know what's coming, I'm grinning inside with excitement :P Can't wait!!

      The movie premieres in Poland on 10th of October, so as usual I'll be late to the party...

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    2. This fall, Ben Affleck is being thrust back into the spotlight, but it has nothing to do with his humanitarian work, Batman movie or personal life. He's the lead in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," but the director reveals that Affleck's experience in the limelight made him the perfect choice for the movie, about a man suspected of having a role in the disappearance of his wife, who then faces the intense scrutiny of the media.

      He knows “what it’s like to be hunted," the director told EW, adding: “We knew we needed somebody who was charming and could be seductive, who could be a ladies man, a guy’s guy, a frat boy. But most important, [someone] who had the wits and experience of knowing that situation. The gift of having Ben Affleck is that this is a guy who knows. He knows what a lose-lose situation is and understands what’s funny about it, however sad.”

      And Affleck concurs, telling the magazine, “I knew what it was like to have the tabloid world paying attention to me and ascribing negative motivations to whatever I might be engaging in. I knew what it was to be cast in a soap opera I had no control over.”

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    3. 10th of october? what a luxury, mikez! ;P

      In Spain it premieres on the 24th. >:(

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    4. Whaaaat!? Waiting so long for a Fincher film, that is not acceptable.

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    5. Guess i am the lucky one. It will be released on
      October the 2nd in Germany. But i have too travel to Berlin. I must watch the Original Version not some german dubbed shit :) There don't show OV in my little Town.

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    6. Always sucks to wait for release dates, but seems indeed Germany got lucky this time around, and DRAGON TATTOO wasn't too bad with like a two week delay. But right now I just really love to watch the hype go up for this one. I've had the book here since last christmas... and I was like... should I read the book first or watch Fincher's movie first... needless to say, I opted for the latter. :)

      Btw. Thanks for the links, guys!!

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    7. I enjoyed GWTDT. But i had seen the swedish movies and read the book beforehand. it had an influence in the watching experience. But this time will be completely different.
      I haven't read the Book and i avoid any visits
      to the Gone Girl IMDB forum :D

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  5. Entertainment Weekly scans courtesy of a Ben Affleck fan site:
    http://ben-affleck.us/images/thumbnails.php?album=481

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    1. Great! Ben Affleck fans are good people :) Thanks for sharing.

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  6. It's not much but New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said this about Gone Girl:

    "Gone Girl is this panoramic, phantasmagorical, acid trip of a movie that keeps shifting gears for an amazing cinematic ride."

    Sounds good to me ;)

    http://bit.ly/1pmjmNR

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  7. Sounds good to me too mikez. I'll see you, and raise you, with another quick quote. As interesting as that 'EW' piece was it didn't get me half as excited as this new quote from Rosamund Pike ~
    On 'GG': "I can't exactly tell you how it all works, but it not only tells the story in a deeply satisfying way, it also comments on the book, and on our society, in an incredibly anarchic and compelling way. It distils it. Its sort of like the vodka of the book's wine ~ beautifully clear and perfectly pure."
    Tag-line for poster ~ "Purity...Anarchy...Vodka"? Make mine a double!
    I have a very good feeling about this film.
    Just the very idea of a Fincher Acid Trip Movie is going to haunt my days now...

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    1. "I can't exactly tell you how it all works, but it not only tells the story in a deeply satisfying way, it also comments on the book, and on our society, in an incredibly anarchic and compelling way."

      This stuff is in the book. There are some great little moments of spot on observations, happening in the minds of the characters. I was reading it and I was like: Holy shit, that is so true :P

      It looks like they found a way to somehow put it on the screen. And that is very exciting. Thanks for sharing that Simon. The hype is slowly starting to build ;)

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    2. Interestingly, unlike FIGHT CLUB, the trailer for Gone Girl looks none-at-all like an acid trip of a movie. Anarchic, yes, I get that from Rosamund's performance alone. But those quotes are amazing! About time... just right to fire up some excitement about the new Fincher flick!! :D

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    3. Yes, the last time we heard words like anarchic, acid-trip or nasty was around the time of Fight Club release :P That's kind of strange people start to describe Gone Girl with the same words. I mean it's great if the movie really is all that :) And I'm pretty sure just like Fight Club the movie will split audiences. Some will love and some will truly hate it :) I know I will love it, but I'm completely biased ;)

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  8. The quote above was taken from the last issue of 'Total Film' magazine, in the UK. They had conducted a telephone interview with Pike from Los Angeles, whilst she was in the middle of one of her photo shoots with Fincher. Here is the rest of the Fincher/'GG' content:
    'Nesting two interweaving narrative voices, a dozen plot twists and a psychological arc that makes her Shakespeare stage work look like panto, Amy is a landmark role for Pike ~ her first Hollywood starring role that isn't in a popcorn movie, her first decent chance at an Oscar nod and the first character she can really lose herself in.
    "It was incredibly intense, an almost schizophrenic experience. Trying to link everything together it felt like I had the weight of more than one character on my shoulders. But it also felt like working on a great British film on a far larger scale. We had 106 days to shoot a non-action film ~ usually you don't get that kind of schedule unless you're working with loads of CGI and action. But if anyone can help you navigate those waters, it's David Fincher."
    Still in thrall to her director (not just because he's pulling funny faces at her in the studio mirror) Fincher was the main draw for Pike on 'Gone Girl'. But what about his notorious perfectionism? Hours of overtime on every scene? Hundreds of takes for one shot?
    "To be honest, I've been craving it for years ~ to work that hard and at that level of intensity. I'd love to be able to put that much thought into every character I've played but you just don't get the chance. It's a great opportunity to hone it. It's daunting, but it was a fine, fine balance to strike. If you knew nothing about this style of work and you're suddenly on take 35 of a scene, you could get frustrated. But you're not alone ~ all the actors sat around sharing stories about it ~ and it becomes exciting. You never go home with regret ~ you never go, 'Oh shit, why didn't I try that? ~ because you've tried everything!"

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    1. "If you knew nothing about this style of work and you're suddenly on take 35 of a scene, you could get frustrated. But you're not alone ~ all the actors sat around sharing stories about it ~ and it becomes exciting. You never go home with regret ~ you never go, 'Oh shit, why didn't I try that? ~ because you've tried everything!"

      I find it very enjoyable to see that the press narrative is finally shifting from the blanket "Fincher does a shitload of takes" to "AND THAT IS WHY Fincher captures these amazing and nuanced performances."

      Thanks for all these quotes!

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  9. Apparently the new issue of Empire Magazine has the Gone Girl image from Entertainment Weekly as its cover (the one with Amy as a corpse). I'm guessing there is a set visit interview inside.

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  10. http://38.media.tumblr.com/1270e573b01b3dd331fe93aaa1f0050f/tumblr_narmdqqhpI1qlbuf8o1_1280.jpg

    Picture from Empire Magazine courtesy of a Christopher Nolan fan site.

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  11. New TV spot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKYibT5J87w

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