The Magic of the Movies: Behind the Scenes of David Fincher’s Mank


Netflix Film Club (YouTube)
February 28, 2021

Join acclaimed director David Fincher, actors Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried, and the cast and crew of Mank, for a peek behind the curtain of Netflix’s black-and-white ode to Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Director Aaron Sorkin discusses The Trial of the Chicago 7 with David Fincher

A DGA Virtual Q&A

January 23, 2021
The Director’s Cut. A DGA (Directors Guild of America) Podcast

The counterculture movement of the 1960s clashes with the hostile Nixon administration in Director Aaron Sorkin’s historical drama, The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Set in the aftermath of what happened after a peaceful protest turned into a violent encounter with the police at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Sorkin’s film recounts the infamous 1969 trial of seven political activists – that included moderate Students for a Democratic Society led by Tom Hayden, militant Yippies led by Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, and Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers – who were all charged with conspiracy in an unfair trial that transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.

On January 23, Sorkin discussed the making of The Trial of the Chicago 7 in a DGA Virtual Q&A session moderated by Director David Fincher (Mank).

During the conversation, Sorkin spoke about how he came up with a plan to shoot the riot scenes despite his budgetary limitations.

“I find a constraint like that forces you to get creative,” said Sorkin. “It forces you to have an idea. So we came up with this plan, we were going to get a few wide shots and we were going to take advantage of the tear gas. We got smoke everywhere. I discovered what happens when you shoot light through smoke so I wanted smoke in every scene. I could not get enough smoke. It didn’t matter where we were.”

In addition to his directing work on The Trial of the Chicago 7, Sorkin was nominated for the 2017 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature for his debut film, Molly’s Game. He was also part of the producing team (which includes DGA President Thomas Schlamme) that won multiple Emmy awards for “Outstanding Drama Series” for their work on the series The West Wing. Sorkin also took home an Academy Award for “Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay” for David Fincher’s feature The Social Network.

Sorkin has been a DGA member since 2016.

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Mank, The Unmaking

January 28, 2021
Netflix

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Text by:

Nev Pierce

Photography by:

Erik Messerschmidt
Miles Crist
Gisele Schmidt-Oldman
Gary Oldman
Ceán Chaffin
Nikolai Loveikis

Culture Pop: Arliss Howard, “Mank”

Steve Mason & Sue Kolinsky
January 9, 2021
Culture Pop Podcast

Culture Pop is a look at pop culture through the mind of Steve Mason, co-host of the #1-rated sports talk show in Los Angeles. Joined by stand-up comic Sue Kolinsky, they hear from their friends, plus comics, actors, filmmakers and celebrities talking about movies, television, technology, trends and completely random stuff.

Arliss Howard joins Steve and Sue to talk about his work with David Fincher in Mank playing Louis B. Mayer, with Stanley Kubrick in Full Metal Jacket, his directorial debut Big Bad Love, and the future of film theaters.

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How David Fincher Faked an Old Movie

Danny Boyd
December 13, 2020
Danny Boyd (YouTube)

Today, let’s dive into the filmmaking mind of director David Fincher, and his 2020 film Mank.

David Fincher loves CGI and VFX, and that is on full display just as much in Mank (2020) as it is in all his past films. Only this time, for Mank, David Fincher had to use those tools, along with an old school cinematography and directing style, and smart editing, not only to create a convincing 1930’s Hollywood world, reminiscent of movies like Orson WellesCitizen Kane, but also a convincing golden age Hollywood movie. Let’s see how David Fincher faked Mank.

Video written & edited by Danny Boyd (Instagram, Twitter). Support me on Patreon

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Marty Gots a Plan by Kevin MacLeod (license)
Deadly Roulette by Kevin MacLeod (license)

Sound effects:
Single Electric Typewriter Carriage Return by lonemonk (license)

Awardsline: The Big Picture

David Fincher brings the big screen to us for his latest picture. With a cast led by Gary Oldman & Amanda Seyfried, is Mank a love letter to cinema’s golden age or an indictment of the shadier side of the movie biz?⁠

Joe Utichi
January 6, 2021
Awardsline (Deadline)

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The Burning Question That Drove David Fincher’s Decades-Long Journey To Make ‘Man

Joe Utichi
January 6, 2021
Deadline

David Fincher turns Netflix homes into 1940s movie houses with his latest opus, Mank, which explores the life and frustrations of Citizen Kane’s screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, as he works his way through the draft of what will become Orson Welles’ seminal directorial debut. With its title role imbued with Mankiewicz’s world-weary wit by Gary Oldman, and from a script first drafted more than 20 years ago by Fincher’s father Jack, who passed away in 2003, the film reignites the debate about the authorship of a film Welles might nearly have taken sole credit for. But it is about more than that besides; a love and hate letter to the machinations of the movie business, a remarkably timely examination of the façade of truth in the news media, and an intimate study of tortured souls beaten down by the world around them and their own insecurities. Joe Utichi meets Fincher, Oldman and Amanda Seyfried—who rehabilitates the image of actress and socialite Marion Davies—for a closer look.

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So, Why Does Bill Nye Play Upton Sinclair in Mank?

Nate Jones
December 16, 2020
Vulture

One of the big surprises of David Fincher’s Mank is that it turns out to be just as much about Upton Sinclair as it is about Herman Mankiewicz. In this version of Hollywood history, Mankiewicz was spurred to write Citizen Kane due to his guilt over the Hollywood dirty-tricks campaign that sank Sinclair’s 1934 campaign for governor of California. The Jungle author makes a brief appearance at a rally in Mank, at which point we get another of the film’s big surprises: Sinclair is played by none other than Bill Nye. Yes, the Science Guy. It’s unconventional casting, but it works. Stripped of his lab coat and bow tie, Nye is a little hard to place. He comes off as an avuncular, trustworthy orator; it’s only afterward when you realize, Wait, was that Bill Nye?

We naturally had some questions about how the whole thing came out. Luckily, Nye was happy to jump on a Zoom call and discuss the story behind his cameo.

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Mank: Interviews. Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman plays screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz in Mank.

Gary Oldman, Mank, Christian Bale Helps grow a belly, when things go wrong, David Fincher

Margaret Gardiner (YouTube)
November 16, 2020

Hollywood’s Gary Oldman, Lily Collins talk ‘Mank’

Arab News (YouTube)
December 10, 2020

The Role of a Lifetime | Gary Oldman in Mank

Netflix Film Club (YouTube)
January 12, 2021

Actor Gary Oldman on his new film ‘Mank’ and the future of cinema | ITV News

Nina Nannar
January 21, 2021
ITV News

Conversation with Gary Oldman

Netflix Awards FYC
January 21, 2021

2020 Oscar Roundtable – George Clooney, Delroy Lindo and more discuss their films

Los Angeles Times (YouTube)
January 21, 2021

Netflix’s Mank: Gary Oldman in Conversation with EW’s Leah Greenblatt

92nd Street Y
January 27, 2021

Gary Oldman (‘Mank’) would have had bold advice for Herman J. Mankiewicz: ‘Get sober!’

Chris Beachum
January 28, 2021
Gold Derby

Oscar winner Gary Oldman on ‘Mank’ and working with David Fincher

Popcorn with Peter Travers (YouTube)
January 27, 2021

Oldman’s boozy, blunt-talking ‘Mank’ gaining buzz

Reuters (YouTube)
January 30, 2021

Oldman on Fincher’s many takes: ‘I’m there to serve’

Associated Press (YouTube)
February 3, 2021

Gary Oldman Announces Mank | AFI Awards

American Film Institute (YouTube)
February 18, 2021

Actor Roundtable: Ben Affleck, Sacha Baron Cohen, Delroy Lindo, Gary Oldman, John David Washington and Steven Yeun on Their Liberating Roles

Scott Feinberg
February 24, 2021
The Hollywood Reporter

Gary Oldman on playing real characters & his next directorial project | Tea with BAFTA

BAFTA Guru (YouTube)
March 4, 2021

Stories That Matter with Douglas Urbanski and Gary Oldman | Mank | Netflix

Netflix Film Club (YouTube)
March 11, 2021

The Callback with Gary Oldman and Vanessa Kirby | Mank and Pieces of a Woman | Netflix

Netflix Film Club (YouTube)
March 17, 2021

Inside Total Film: Gary Oldman & Lily Collins for Mank + Viggo Mortensen & Lance Henriksen for Falling

Inside Total Film
December 3, 2020

Gary Oldman found ‘Mank’ a more challenging role than Sid Vicious or Dracula

Brian Truitt
November 19, 2020
USA Today

Gary Oldman On Playing ‘Mank’, Working With David Fincher And His Take On The Controversial Question Of Who Really Wrote ‘Citizen Kane’

Pete Hammond
December 4, 2020
Deadline

Gary Oldman on finding the frequency of ‘Mank’

Jake Coyle
December 7, 2020
Associated Press

Sir Paul McCartney, Miranda Hart and Gary Oldman

Zoe Ball
December 21, 2020
The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show

Gary Oldman: 1:08:26 min.

Gary Oldman on his ‘role of a lifetime’ in movie Mank & thinking he’s anonymous

January 19, 2021
The Chris Evans Breakfast Show (Virgin Radio)

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Present Company: Gary Oldman

Krista Smith
January 13, 2021
Present Company (Apple Podcasts)

Gary Oldman: Changemaker

Krista Smith
January 13, 2021
Netflix Queue

Awards Daily Podcast: Gary Oldman Is a ‘Mank’ For the Ages

Clarence Moye
January 29, 2021
Awards Daily

Interview. Gary Oldman Discusses Mankiewicz, Fincher, and ‘Mank’

Karen M. Peterson
January 28, 2021
We Live Entertainment

MovieMaker Podcast: Gary Oldman (Mank‪)‬

Tim Molloy
February 8, 2021
MovieMaker

The Sober Gary Oldman Talks About Playing a Drunk in ‘Mank’: ‘I Do Know About That’

Anne Thompson
February 11, 2021
IndieWire

Gary Oldman knows Mank and those drinking issues: ‘I used to sweat vodka’

Glenn Whipp
March 2, 2021
Los Angeles Times

Awards Chatter Podcast: Gary Oldman – ‘Mank’

Scott Feinberg
February 23, 2021
Awards Chatter (The Hollywood Reporter)