The Director's Chair Interviews

David Fincher Quotes

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David Fincher's vision of Propaganda Films: "There's this place; it's a factory and you don't know what the fuck goes on there, but you put your money in one end and your cassette comes out the other."

"If you have a fucking clue and a passion, people will get out of your way because people want someone to follow."

"I don't know how much movies should entertain. To me I'm always interested in movies that scar. The thing I love about JAWS is that I've never gone swimming in the ocean again."

"Directing ain't about drawing a neat little picture and showing it to the cameraman. I didn't want to go to film school. I didn't know what the point was. The fact is, you don't know what directing is until the sun is setting and you've got to get five shots and you're only going to get two."

An actress on the set of SEVEN asked about the grisly nature of the crimes, to which David replied: "I have demons you can't even imagine."

"A director's job is to feel like everything that they're doing is worth the amount of money, worth the cost of human life and blood, sweat and tears."

On directing: "That's the job. That's what it is. Doing cool stuff like designing shots is 1 percent of your life. The other 99 percent is holding everything together while there's total fucking chaos, maximizing the amount of hours that you have in order to get stuff, pulling shit out of your ass to fix things, being able to work on your toes. It's not all about going [framing a shot with his hands], 'We'll do this, and then we'll do that.' Well, now do it with a fucking Teamsters strike, with 150 people who are exhausted, who think that everything you're doing is, you know, gilding a lily - 'You don't need that shot.' I love when people say that."

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