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David Fincher is an American film director known for his meticulous process and dark movies, including Alien³, Fight Club and Seven.
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Born in Colorado in 1962, David Fincher made his directorial debut with Alien³ in 1992. Thereafter, he continued directing music videos and commercials, winning a Grammy Award in 1994 for the Rolling Stones video "Love Is Strong." Fincher found controversy with Fight Club, but the film went on to huge cult success. He found more success in 2010 with The Social Network,
"Never to shoot a movie without a script, and the more money you have the more trouble you're likely to run into."
"Entertainment has to come hand in hand with a little bit of medicine. Some people go to the movies to be reminded that everything's okay. I don't make those kinds of movies."
which won three Academy Awards and was up for five others.
David Andrew Leo Fincher was born on August 28, 1962, in Denver, Colorado. Known for his image-driven and often dark films, Fincher is one of the most innovative and meticulous directors working today. He developed a love for film at an early age and started making movies after getting a Super 8 camera for his 8th birthday. His father was a writer and his mother was a mental health nurse.
Growing up in Marin County, David Fincher had some exposure to the film industry. He and his friends watched as George Lucas filmed American Graffiti (1973) in the area, and Fincher even lived a few doors down from the famed director. After high school, Fincher worked for Korty Films where he worked on the animated film Twice Upon a Time (1983). He then joined the staff of Lucas’s special effects company, Industrial Light and Magic.
At Industrial Light and Magic, Fincher worked on the box office hits Return of the Jedi (1983) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). He eventually moved on to making commercials, earning a reputation for his edgy work. One of his most notable projects was a public service announcement for the American Cancer Society that featured a fetus smoking. Working with the likes of Madonna, Don Henley, Aerosmith and many others, Fincher became a successful director of music videos. He also helped found Propaganda Films in the mid-1980s.
On the big screen, Fincher made his directorial debut with Alien³ (1992). The sci-fi action film was a personal and professional disappointment. Starring Sigourney Weaver, the film was the third installment of the successful series, but the project was experiencing problems before Fincher even signed on as director. Fincher told Entertainment Weekly in 1997 that he learned from the experience, "never to shoot a movie without a script, and the more money you have the more trouble you’re likely to run into."
After Alien³, Fincher continued directing music videos and making commercials. He won a Grammy Award in 1994 for the Rolling Stones video "Love Is Strong." The following year, movie goers flocked to his dark thriller Seven, starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey. Pitt and Freeman played detectives on the hunt for a serial killer whose murders reflect the seven deadly sins. The highly atmospheric, noir-styled film netted more than $100 million at the box office, giving Fincher his first major hit.
The reception for his follow-up effort, The Game (1997), was more tepid.
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