Although David Fincher’s feature filmography might look pretty small on paper, his commercial and music video work is quite substantial. Much of his early work expresses a style that we’d see repeated once Fincher eventually made the jump to feature filmmaking, starting with the highly underrated ‘Alien 3′. (Check out his Nike ‘Instant Karma’ commercial and it’s golden colour pallet for a subtle comparison to the cinematography in Alien 3) You can definitely see his visual style shine through in these early pieces. Most impressive is his commercial work with effects giants Digital Domain. I must say there was quite a list to choose from for this edition of Film Junk’s ‘The Short Works of…’ feature. See for yourself. (Big ups to the Fincher Fanatic Blog for many of these great links.)
Here’s a few links to some of Fincher’s best commercial work, hosted on Digital Domain’s site. It looks like Fincher has had a pretty long career working along side this effects company (which is now owned by Michael Bay). Check ‘em out.
Making of “Mechanical Legs” - digitaldomain.com/play_video.php?id=3§ion=bts
Making of “Constant Change” - digitaldomain.com/play_video.php?id=12§ion=bts
Making of “Speed Chain” - digitaldomain.com/play_video.php?id=18§ion=bts
Making of “Only” - digitaldomain.com/play_video.php?id=19§ion=bts