3 Things to Avoid When Directing Films – David Fincher

According to David Fincher, do you have any guesses about what the top 3 things to avoid when directing films are?

1. Hand-held camera work

2. Close-ups

3. A noticeable human camera operator

Do you think this is crazy? Maybe you’re right.

If you want to find out what he really means, check out this fantastic video by Tony Zhou. Even if you don’t like Fincher, or his movies, you have to respect his command of the craft.

He’s one of the best “craft-based” directors working today.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the video:

“I just love the idea of this omniscience. The camera just goes over here kinda perfectly, then goes over there kinda perfectly, it doesn’t have any personality. It’s very much like what’s happening was doomed to happen.” – David Fincher …

Check out the rest of this article and the video from DigitalFilmFarm.