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ReportDavid Fincher  The Auteur
Theory is hardly used by many directors as it reflects the director’s creative
vison on a series of movies. I chose David Fincher as a modern auteur who
bravely shows his vision in all the movies he directed. David
Fincher’s biography                                                                                                                             
David Andrew
Leo Fincher was born on August 28, 1962, in Denver, Colorado. Fincher is one of
the most successful and innovative directors in the meantime. He is well known
for his Work in the thriller genre and his creation for dark stylish unique
movies. At the age of 8, Fincher received a super 8mm camera for his birthday.

Since then he decided to become a director. (Editors, 2014) His childhood had
access to the film industry as he was living in “Martin County”. Fincher was
living near the famed director George Lucas, so he watched the whole process of
filming American Graffiti (1973)
in his area. Immediately after finishing high school, Fincher started working
for “Korty” films then joined Industrial Magic & Light. During the time
when he was working in these companies, Fincher had the opportunity to work on
two big projects that were on box office hits like Return of the Jedi (1983) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). David Fincher
then left working on movies and shifted to making commercials, which started to
give him some reputation for his unique work. At the 1980s, Fincher was the
co-founder of the video production company “Propaganda Films”. He became one of
the most successful directors of music videos as he worked with Don Henley,
Madonna, and many others. Fincher directed several movies that are under the
thriller genre such as: Seven(1995), Fight Club(1999), Gone Girl(2014),
Zodiac(2007), The Girl with the Dragon tattoo(2011). He also directed two
series House of Cards(2013) and Mind Hunter(2014). David Fincher’s work is
recognizable and unique in its own way by reaching a very high standard in
filmmaking. He won lots of awards like BAFTA, Golden Globe and Oscar
nominations.   David Fincher’s Movies                                                                                                                                 
Fincher’s First
Movie was “Alien 3” which was released 1992. He had many restrictions while
directing this movie because the production company did give him the
opportunity to take complete control over the movie. At the end of this project
he wasn’t really pleased with the final product. Afterwards he decided to go
back to direct music videos and commercials. After many years he decided to
direct “Se7en” in 1995, which many people liked. In 1997 “the Game” was
released and many critics audiences didn’t like but critics did. At first the
“Fight Club” was released and people didn’t like it at first but after it was
released on DVDs critics changed their mind and many people liked it. Receiving
thirteen Academy awards nominations, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
(2008) was a hit and everyone liked it . In 2010 David was more successful as
he received an Oscar as the Best Director in directing a one in a lifetime
movie “The Social Network”, which received 3 Oscar awards. “The Girl with The
Dragon Tattoo” was a great movie which was nominated five times in Oscars. David Fincher has a unique visual style that
makes him different from any other director. Throughout all of his films, Fluid
Tracking, black colors, shadows, and single frames are used similarly to each
other. A) Fluid Tracking                                                                                                                                                                   
David Fincher
has the tendency to use different techniques to show credibility to his movies.

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First, Fincher uses the fluid tracking at least in one scene in a film. This
technique is used to hang the camera without having a person behind it and it
tracks the characters or a place where the director wants to highlight a particular
part. Fincher uses this technique to capture the scene properly and to show all
the details to the audience. He uses Fluid Tracking to give a technical and
stylistic edge to the film. He uses this technique by moving the camera through
walls, small objects, or large objects. To give an example, In “Fight Club”,
Fincher uses a fluid tracking scene where the camera moves smoothly from an
office, where a character stand in front of the window, looking out from the
window, through a van and then through a building. Usually Fincher uses the
fluid tracking technique in only on shot without cutting to allow the audience to
have a bigger perspective.B) Colors One of the most known unique styles in
Fincher’s movies is using the dark colors as a dominant color in all of his
movies. One can easily identify his movies because of his visual style. Using
black as the leading color gives the audience the feeling of the sophisticated
meaning that Fincher wants to deliver. David Fincher uses a unique color
palette that combines black with other color. Colors are used to symbolize the
tone of the story, the place and the characters. For instance, “The Girl with
The Dragon Tattoo” is mainly used of 3 different colors black, white, and blue.

These colors are matching along with the icy atmosphere of Sweden, the film’s
main setting. Another example in “Zodiac” where the colors are black and yellow
to show the warmth. C)Single Frame
Insertion Before directing movies, Fincher used to
direct music videos and commercials. That is the reason why he uses the single
frame a lot. He puts an effort to get the best he can do to get a good quality
in a short format. Single frame image is like a flash of an image that comes
out for a second and then disappear. It is used to express additional ideas,
emotions, or movements. In “se7en”, single frame insertion is used to frighten
the audience and improve the emotional impact. Also in the “Zodiac” images were
used to highlight the investigation that was discussed throughout the movie
without disturbing the flow of the film.D) Shadows                                                                                                                                                   
Fincher covers
the faces of the characters with shadows to show some action. This technique is
used to show some action that is important to make things complicated to the
audience. It gives some mystery to the audience and it keeps them focused as
they guess what is coming next. Using shadows perfectly fits with Fincher’s
obsession with using black colors in his movies as mentioned above. Fincher
uses shadows covers the characters face in “Se7en”. ThemesAs for the
themes, David Fincher’s films have the same categories as they fall under the
same ideas such as unhappy endings, betrayals, and outcast characters. One
example is the killer in “Zodiac” doesn’t get caught. Another example at the
end of “The Social network” does not match with the conclusion of the movie’ s
plot. The main characters of the movie are always detached either from
relationships or society. In addition, Fincher is not really concerned with
relationships between Men and Woman. He shows the masculinity of the man as a
struggle within his mindset. Another key point, David Fincher movies are
anti-Hollywood as they have different contents and style than his movies. The
most repetitive theme is having the protagonist looking for the truth
throughout the film. Fincher is more concerned about is the journey itself not
about truth. For example, in the Zodiac and The Social Network we didn’t know
what happened but we know about the journey that the characters go through. In
his last two movies “Gone Girl” and “The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo” he
demonstrates sexual violence and murder in a way that was done in a way that no
one can be annoyed while watching the film. Fincher wisely creates difficult
personalities that take challenging and sometimes temporary decisions. This
means that the main characters are the ones who drive the narrative.  Fincher Works with the same people                                                                                                           
Fincher likes
to work with the same people in different projects. Brad Pitt was the main
character in three of his movies Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of
Benjamin Button. In the pre-production process Fincher imagine the main
character as Pitt and then bases the role upon him. Not only actors who worked
with David Fincher in several of films also composers such as Atticus Ross and
Trent Reznor worked with him in the last 3 projects. They now work as a team as
they worked with Fincher for 5 years so it is easy for them collaborate as they
clearly understand his mindset.Fincher
against “Auteurism” When
someone thinks of a modern Auteur director, David Fincher comes in the top of
the list because of his unique vision of style. Although everyone believes that
he is one of the most important auteur directors in the meantime. Fincher
doesn’t believe in “Auteurs” and he dislike it when someone classifies him as
an auteur director. In an interview, Fincher explains why he distaste’s the
word “Auteur” by saying that   “The problem with auteurism is that it
presupposes that one person can impress upon 95 people, so clearly, that the
manifestation of whatever it is going on in your head can be clearly attributed
to them. The reality of moviemaking is, y’know, it’s a rat fuck. Every day is a
skirmish, and you might escape every skirmish, but there are injuries and there
losses, and there are things that you had 10 meetings about that go off
perfectly, and there are things that you’ve had no meetings about that ended up
taking eight of the 12 hours in the day because you didn’t think it was going
to be so complicated.”(2017) He is totally against auteurism because he
believes that it is a theory that was only applicable before, the time it was
created in 1950, and 1960s. Fincher thinks that the auteur theory is an
outdated model that classifies and reduces directors to a list of
elements.  His is a true auteur because
his artistic vision is flexibly and technically demonstrated in every piece of
his work. Auteur theory proposes a sharp means of analyzing a set of elements,
which relate back to the artistic view of the director, in a collection of
films. It is an appropriate theory to examine the directors work in an
insightful way. Fincher understands the theory in a different way, it is not a
set of guidelines to film directors but it is like an evaluation for film
critics. Although Fincher dislikes to be classified as an auteur, His Camera
techniques, recurring themes, lightning styles, and his high level of
dedication towards each and every production, David Fincher is considered as
one of the best modern auteurs in history.David Fincher
Refusing a “Star Wars” filmFincher was
offered to direct a Star Wars movie. Which is a big project that is totally
different from his work of style. He liked the opportunity but he was thinking
of how much effort this movie needs and that it will take so much of time and
effort to be produced.  “You’d have
to really clear your head. You’d have to really make sure this is something
that you wanted to do,” Fincher said. “Either way, it’s two
years of your life, 14 hours a day, seven days a week. There’s no getting
around it.”(Parker , 2017)  That’s a good reason and it is not the
Fincher’s type of movie that would match with his techniques.Arguments
Against David Fincher David Fincher
is someone who is loved by many people. It was hard to find someone against
him. Although giving him positive reviews on his films, A film critic Marshal
Fine criticizes him as an overrated director. As she mentioned, “So, David
Fincher, welcome to my Overrated Hall of Fame. Yes, I know – I’ve tended to
give his films positive reviews. I don’t think he’s a repetitively
self-reflexive stylist like Ridley Scott or just a plain commercial hack (like
Shawn Levy). But he’s nowhere near as good as some of his fanboy critics seem
to think.” (Fine , 2011) She thinks that all critics are overwhelmed by him and
that he doesn’t deserve that much of the attention given to him. In addition,
David Fincher may be criticized of his dark style movies and not coming out of
the thriller genre.To conclude,
David Fincher is a well-known modern auteur director, that gave so much to this
industry with his artistic unique style. He is one of a kind director who is
always looking forward to giving valuable lessons to people through his
films.  ReferencesEditors. (2014, December 11). David Fincher The website.David Fincher Explains Why He Doesn’t Believe
in Auteur Directing: ‘Moviemaking is a Rat F*ck’. (2017, November 24).

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