The best video essays on David Fincher

Every Frame a Painting (Tony Zhou) – David Fincher. And the Other Way is Wrong

Patrick (H) Willems – David Fincher & the Craft of Music Videos (video essay)

The Film Guy – How to Direct like David Fincher. Visual Style Breakdown

De Filmkrant – What’s in the Box? David Fincher’s Fridges

Ludic Scribbler – Fincher’s Necrophilia

ScreenCrush – You Think You Know Movies. David Fincher

kaptainkristian – David Fincher. Invisible Details

CineFix – Se7en’s “Box Scene” – Art of the Scene

Lessons from the Screenplay – The Social Network. Sorkin, Structure, and Collaboration
Lessons from the Screenplay – Gone Girl. Don’t Underestimate the Screenwriter

More a full-on documentary series than an essay:

Raccord – The Directors Series. David Fincher [2.1]
Raccord – The Directors Series. David Fincher [2.2]
Raccord – The Directors Series. David Fincher [2.3]
Raccord – The Directors Series. David Fincher [2.4]
Raccord – The Directors Series. David Fincher [2.5]

And probably the best one:

Cameron Carpenter – WHY IS CINEMA, analyzing a master. David fincher and mouths (video essay)

Tell me in the comments if I’ve missed any so I can add them to the list.

Has the “Xenomorph” mutated?

Last year, RED built a fully customised camera for David Fincher to shoot his upcoming series “Mindhunter” for Netflix:

David Fincher’s Custom RED Xenomorph for Netflix’s “Mindhunter”

by Richard Lackey | 6th May 2016
Cinema5D

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Has it mutated?:

studioADI celebrated the 25th Anniversary of ALIEN 3 with 2 videos featuring a still happy young Fincher

ALIEN 3 Filming Decimated Bishop BTS ADI

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Published on May 13, 2017
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ALIEN 3 celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, and to celebrate we present this gem from deep within the VHS vault–footage from the prep and rehearsals of the Bishop puppet shoot complete with direction from David Fincher. Despite the aged quality of the video, it’s still an interesting watch demonstrating the collaboration between director and effects crew on set.

ALIEN 3 Alien BTS 25th Anniversary

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Published on May 18, 2017
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As the 25th Anniversary of ALIEN 3 approaches, we could not ignore our contribution to the film’s title character: the Alien itself. Through the miracle of VHS and exclusive photographs, ADI takes you back to that year of hard work at Pinewood Studios. Enjoy the retrospective!

‘Se7en’: A Rain-Drenched, Somber, Gut-Wrenching Thriller that Restored David Fincher’s Faith in Filmmaking

(May 27, 2017)
Cinephilia & Beyond

Slightly more than 22 years ago, David Fincher, a talented filmmaker who made music videos and commercials and was left by his directorial stint on his first feature Alien 3 so disillusioned and bitter he felt “he’d rather die of colon cancer than do another movie,” stumbled upon a script that would renew his faith in the filmmaking business. This particular piece was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, and was deemed too dark and bleak to succeed. The story was largely shaped by Walker’s experience of living in New York City for a couple of years, where he felt alienated, lonely and unhappy. Desperately trying to get his story made, Walker agreed to rewrite the screenplay on the demand of director Jeremiah Chechik (Christmas Vacation), and it was this altered version that should have ended up in Fincher’s hands. But the studio made a mistake, delivering Walker’s original piece to Fincher, who was immediately intrigued and, even when the mistake was explained, chose to insist on the utter darkness Walker envisioned. By mere happenstance, therefore, Se7en found its director and made the first, crucial step on its way to cinematic immortality. […]

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Neil Patrick Harris Will Gladly Talk You Through His Gory Gone Girl Sex Scene

May 21, 2017
Vulture

For Gone Girl’s memorable sex scene — its climax ending in a pool of blood — Neil Patrick Harris and Rosamund Pike spent a whole afternoon working through the scene with the “exacting” director David Fincher and, at one point, with Ben Affleck looking on. “[Fincher] was asking us to have unbridled sex — and my character is really into her so is very overwhelmed with — with great precision,” Harris said. He broke down the scene in a conversation at Vulture Festival, moment to moment: “We were just rehearsing porn for hours.”

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