The Hidden Genius of Director David Fincher’s Shot Techniques

If you haven’t been following Tony Zhou‘s video essays, you’re missing out. His popular videos analyze different subjects in the areas of film, from Edgar Wright to Satoshi Kon. We already wrote about his video analyzing the Korean film Mother, but his most recent video is about a person you’re probably more familiar with. With Gone Girl hitting theaters soon, Zhou focuses his latest video on the unseen genius of director David Fincher’s editing and shot work.

In a world where most people admire directors that add lots of obvious flashiness to their work, Fincher proves that sometimes the best techniques are the ones that are more subtle. In the video, Zhou explains how Fincher’s reluctance to use close-ups or shakey cameras is a calculated move to show how characters interact in a scene. For some, this analysis might seem too technical and too focused on editing/camera techniques, but the video does an excellent job explaining how sometimes the most talented directors honing their craft are doing things that largely go unnoticed by the audience.

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