Earlier today, we were treated to another thorough analysis of a director's process when video blog "Every Frame a Painting" — which has taken a look at, among other things, Martin Scorsese's use of silence and the history of texting in film — took on the timely subject of David Fincher's work. Fincher, who most recently directed Gone Girl and is known for his stylish, moody work, has described his process as being not about what he does with the camera but, rather, "what I don't do."
The video above, which was created by freelance video editor Tony Zhou, focuses on all the constraints Fincher places on himself, moving beyond flashier moments like the CGI title scene in Fight Club to analyze the director's quieter and more telling shots. Fincher, for instance, doesn't use a handheld camera if he can help it. He'll never shoot a close-up unless it's absolutely necessary. Using tracking shots and a largely immobile camera is key to the director's larger goal, says Zhou: to make movies where the audience becomes omniscient.
We're looking forward to getting that all-seeing look at Utopia, the fantastically graphic British action series, which Fincher will be directing for an American audience next year.