David Fincher is an American film and music video director who was born on August 28, 1962, in Denver, Colorado. He is known for his complex flicks that are often dark and moody.
Fincher grew up in San Anselmo, California, where he acquired an early interest in movies due to his proximity to director George Lucas. Fincher began working as an assistant cameraman at Lucas’ special-effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, when he was still a teenager.
In the mid-1980s, Fincher began directing commercials, which led to a successful career as a music video director. He was the director of some of the most iconic music videos of the 1980s and 1990s, including those for Madonna’s “Express Yourself” (1989) and “Vogue” (1990), as well as Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun” (1991). (1989).
In 1992, Fincher made his feature film directing debut with Alien 3. The film had a rough production and received poor critical and commercial reviews. Following this experience, Fincher was put off by big-budget film series, and his next film was the small-scale thriller Se7en (1995), which follows two detectives (Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt) on the hunt for a serial killer (Kevin Spacey) who conducts murders based on the seven deadly sins. The sombre Se7en earned positive reviews and was a box-office success, establishing Fincher as a rising Hollywood star.
Fincher, a perfectionist behind the camera, was known for filming a scene several times—sometimes more than 50 times for a short shot.
His demanding nature resulted in aesthetically gorgeous pictures, including as 1999’s Fight Club (starring Pitt and Edward Norton), which follows a frustrated white-collar worker who establishes a series of underground fighting gangs. That movie is also a humorous look at masculinity and self-identity.
Fight Club was a box office disappointment in theatres, but it quickly became a cult favourite on home video, where it gathered a devoted fan base. After that, Fincher directed Panic Room (2002), about a mother (Jodie Foster) and her daughter (Kristen Stewart) surviving a terrible house invasion.