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David Fincher is a director known (among other things) for being a stickler for detail. He flew in trees by helicopter to faithfully re-create the Lake Berryessa location for Zodiac. He meticulously re-created Mark Zuckerberg’s clothing for The Social Network. And if you listen closely, you can detect that same attention for specificity in Fincher’s soundscapes.
As the fast-paced montage below makes plain, Fincher’s eye for detail also extends to his ears. From purposeful and frantic keystrokes to the soft pitter patter of incessant rain, Fincher’s films are replete with noise that makes his cinematic worlds feel like real places full of excitement, questions, and danger.
Keys jangle, paper rubs against paper, gun barrels twirl, and cigarettes burn to a crisp. All told: it’s one hell of a ride. So buckle up, and hit that play button:
Watch “The Sounds Of David Fincher”:
Who made this?
This video on the sound design of David Fincher movies comes courtesy of the fine folks at Little White Lies, a film-obsessed magazine based in the United Kingdom. Luís Azevedo is the director behind this video, with Bruno Medeiros serving as assistant editor. You can follow Little White Lies on Twitter here. And you can check out their official website here. You can subscribe to their YouTube account here.
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