David Fincher

David Fincher


5/10/1962, Denver, Colorado, USA

Birth Name

David Andrew Leo Fincher


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David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, CO, and was raised in Marin County, CA. When he was 18 years old, he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981 - 1983.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2013, David won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series in his work on House of Cards: Chapter 1.

    • March 13, 2008: David announced he will be working on a new screen version of "Heavy Metal," working with other directors on animated segments based on the popular graphic magazine founded in 1977, which was given a previous movie version in 1981.

    • David's nicknames are: Finch and Davey.

    • In 2005, he directed the video for Nine Inch Nails' "Only". Ten years earlier, he used Coil's version of Nine Inch Nails' song "Closer" during the opening of his film Seven (1995).

    • David was originally considered to direct Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002).

    • David turned down the opportunity to direct 8MM (1999), and chose to do Fight Club (1999) instead.

    • David was originally commissioned to direct Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991), but dropped out.

    • David turned down the opportunity to direct Catch Me If You Can (2002), choosing to do Panic Room (2002) instead.

    • David was originally chosen to direct The Black Dahlia (2006), but dropped out.

    • When David was growing up in Marin County, one of his neighbors was George Lucas, of whom he later worked for with ILM.

    • David has been close friends with Brad Pitt since making Seven together in 1995.

    • David was nominated twice for the Saturn Award for Best Director by the Academy Of Science Fiction And Horror Films, for Alien 3 and Seven in 1993 and 1996, respectively.

    • David won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Commercials award from the Director's Guild Of America in 2004 for his work on Nike and Elibri Phone commercials.

    • David won the International Fantasy Film award from the Italian Fantasporto Awards in 1996 for Seven.

    • David won the Best Foreign Language Film Award for Seven (1995) in both the Japanese Blue Ribbon Awards and the Hochi Awards in 1996 and 1997, respectively.

    • David's music video credits include directing videos for The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, George Michael, Paula Abdul, Nine Inch Nails, Madonna, Jody Watley, The Wallflowers, and A Perfect Circle.

    • David's feature film debut, Alien 3, was the most expensive film made by a first time director at the time. (1992)

    • David's commercial credits include tv advertisements for Nike, Converse, Levis, Pepsi, and Revlon.

    • David likes to put one-frame flash scenes in his films. Fight Club (1999) is a prime example of this, being the way he introduced the main character of Tyler Durden before his first full screen appearance.

    • David usually shoots his films with a blue or green tint on the camera lens.

    • David dislikes the sound of his voice and will not listen to any commentary or interview recorded with it.

    • David usually has films playing on DVD at all times when he is at home or work, in the background.

    • David was originally considered to direct Spider-Man (2002).

    • David has one daughter, Phenix.

    • David turned down Warner Brothers' offer for him to direct Batman Begins (2005).

    • David did not go to film school, preferring to work hands-on with the Korty Films company loading cameras and handling equipment in his first film-related job.

    • David and several of his Propaganda Films partners formed the talent management and advertising and music production company, Anonymous Content, after Propaganda shut down in 2001.

    • David began making his own films with an 8mm camera when he was 8 years old, after being inspired by Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)

    • David directed a controversial commercial for the American Cancer Society, which showed a fetus smoking a cigarette.

    • David got his first on-screen credit for his work with ILM on Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi (1983). He also worked on Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) for them as well.

    • Founding member of Propaganda Films Company, in 1986.

  • Quotes

    • David Fincher [about the personality traits that helps in being a director]: Belligerence certainly helps. And there's a requisite paranoia. There's fear--fear of failure--and an overwhelming urge to be liked.

    • David Fincher: I do agree you can't just make movies three hours long for no apparent reason. For a romantic comedy to be three hours long, that's longer than most marriages.

    • David Fincher: I'm totally anti-commercialism. I would never do commercials where people hold the product by their head and tell you how great it is, I just wouldn't do that stuff. It's all inference. The Levis commercials I did weren't really about jeans, the Nike commercials weren't about shoes. The 'Instant Karma' spot was some of the better stuff I got offered, and it was never about people going, "Buy this shoe, this shoe will change everything," because I think that's nonsense. Anybody looking outside themselves to make themselves whole is delusional and probably sick.

    • David Fincher: I don't want to tell you how to do your job, but somebody has to.

    • David Fincher: People will say, 'There are a million ways to shoot a scene,' but I don't think so. I think there're two, maybe. And the other one is wrong.

    • David Fincher: I have demons you can't even imagine.

    • David Fincher: As a director, film is about how you dole out the information so that the audience stays with you when they're supposed to stay with you, behind you when they're supposed to stay behind you, and ahead of you when they're supposed to stay ahead of you.

    • David Fincher: I don't know how much movies should entertain. To me, I'm always interested in movies that scar. The thing I love about Jaws (1975) is the fact that I've never gone swimming in the ocean again.

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    This guy is a super-genius. My aboslute favorite director. He knows how to build suspense and he's worked with some awesome plots. One of my all time favorites is Se7en. Not only is it entertaining, it's views on society are just brilliant. Just a great movie maker.