Get a Good Look: Supercut Vid of David Fincher's Extreme Close-Ups

May 1, 2016
Source: Vimeo

David Fincher's Extreme Close-Ups

David Fincher is one of my favorite filmmakers still working today. He's a master of style and storytelling, with ten excellent films under his belt so far. Video editor Jacob Swinney has put together a new video essay taking a closer look at Fincher's extreme close-ups (he's made videos on Tarantino's "ECUs" and PTA's "ECUs", too). Featuring footage from all ten of Fincher's films, from Alien 3 to Se7en to Fight Club to Zodiac to The Social Network to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to Gone Girl, it shows how Fincher uses these close-ups to add extra context to the stories he's telling and the characters he's following. They're sometimes subtle or they can be quite powerful, focusing on a very important detail at the moment. Take a look below.

Full description directly from Vimeo: "The extreme close-up may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of David Fincher's unique visual aesthetic. That's because Fincher's extreme close-ups don't call attention to themselves. The filmmaker stitches the shots into his pictures in a way that is subtle and fluid, yet impactful and abrasive. They often go unnoticed, sitting just under the surface and scratching at our eyes. In my previous two 'Extreme Close-Up' videos, I looked at Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson, two masters of the ECU. If Tarantino and PTA use the ECU as explanation points, Fincher's are used as hyphens, semicolons, and parentheses." This video was edited by Jacob T. Swinney - whose work we've featured before including Magic Hour and Lens Flares. Check him out on Vimeo for even more videos.

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Reader Feedback - 5 Comments


I need to watch ZODIAC again.

DAVIDPD on May 1, 2016


It really goes by the wayside when people talk about Fincher films. But it's right up there with the rest of his masterpieces for me.

Jon Odishaw on May 2, 2016


That was most excellent, thanks Alex...

cuckoozey on May 1, 2016


Great video, superb actually! However, I thought all of these were extreme close-ups, most were just regular close-ups.

Jesse on May 3, 2016


Fincher has a unique style indeed. But he borrows a lot from Terry Gilliam style. My favorite Fincher movies are Seven, Fight club, Zodiac and Alien 3 (even if it was flawed by studios). My least favorite is Gone Girl. The story had a good premise, but failed to deliver in the third act. Lot of plot holes and nonsensical conclusion. I didn't watch yet Social Network. I hate facebook.

tarek on May 6, 2016

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