What A Film Should Be Like: David Fincher

Photo: The King Bulletin

This week my What A Film Should Be Like series continues this time with a great quote from one of my favorite directors David Fincher (Fight Club, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Se7en, The Social Network):



“Directing ain’t about drawing a neat little picture and showing it to the cameraman. I didn’t want to go to film school. I didn’t know what the point was. The fact is, you don’t know what directing is until the sun is setting and you’ve got to get five shots and you’re only going to get two.” – David Fincher

This is an interesting quote for me due to the fact that I just started as a film director and I haven’t had an experience that’s similar to David Fincher but I believe to as I continue through my journey as a film director I know that the same thing will happen to me.

I do however can relate to the first sentence of his quote about directing ain’t about drawing a neat little picture and showing it to the cameraman. During my short amount of time as a filmmaker and working on my film, I was trying to make this film as perfect as I can, to give my audience a perfect story of my life in a wheelchair but I’ve learned  that being perfect or drawing a neat little picture is not what I’m going for and that I’m not gonna be completely perfect with this film and now that I know that I’m now more comfortable with making this film and the style that I’m gonna be working with.

I’m going to make mistakes with this film (I know that) but I’m going to enjoy making this film and if it’s not perfect then so be it because I’ll be very happy with the end result of my first film.

Justin