Eyes Wide Shut

Shortlist magazine cover for David Fincher's Gone Girl, [x]designed by Kyle Cooper,who created Se7en's iconic opening titles sequence.

Shortlist magazine cover for David Fincher's Gone Girl, [x]
designed by Kyle Cooper,
who created Se7en's iconic opening titles sequence.

HFPA press conference for ‘Gone Girl’, Sept. 27, 2014

David Fincher: A Film Title

  • Interviewer: For some people you are like an icon.
  • Fincher: Very sad people.
  • Details: How are you different as directors?
  • Fincher: He wraps a lot earlier than I do.
  • Affleck: I just go home by lunch. I gauge a day by how early I go home. No, I mean, I don't put myself really on a par with David in terms of "I'm this, he's that."
  • Details: What was your takeaway from watching David work?
  • Affleck: The biggest thing I learned from David, really, is that he has a kind of insistence on "This is what I want to do, this is how we're going to do it." Because this business has a lot of people saying no—like, "This is going to be too hard" or "This is too expensive" or "No one's going to want to see that" or "We can't have it this way." And I have tended, to my embarrassment, in the past to go, "Oh, you think? Really? We can't do that? I guess we can't do that." And David can push through by force of will what he wants. And I know that the next movie I do, it's going to be colored much more by "Well, this is what I want to do, so we're going to find a way to do it."
  • Details: You'll be an asshole the next time.
  • Affleck: Yeah, I'll be more of a prick. "He was a nice guy till he worked with Fincher."

David Fincher Filmography

"I heard him [Fincher] once describe directing. It was the greatest description of directing I ever heard. He sort of said “Imagine painting… but you’re 200 yards away from the canvas. And 80 people are holding the brush. And you’re on a walkie-talkie going, ‘We need a little blue there. No, no, no, darker blue. No, DARKER BLUE.’”"
- James Vanderbilt

"Some people go to the movies to be reminded that everything’s okay. I don’t make those kinds of movies."