Exclusive Email Interview with David Fincher for THE SOCIAL NETWORK; Says He’s Looking Forward to Making a 3D Film!

     September 15, 2010

While director David Fincher doesn’t do a lot of press (try and remember the last time you saw him talk about one of his movies), I was offered the chance to submit a few questions to the brilliant director about his latest movie, The Social Network.  Even though I had close to a million things that I wanted to ask him, I carefully refined my list down to seven questions I thought he might be willing to answer.

But…before you get your hopes up…while he did answer almost all my questions, let’s just say he didn’t exactly go into a lot of detail.  However, he did tell me he’s looking forward to making a 3D film!  Hit the jump for more:

As you look over the Q&A below, you’ll see all the questions I submitted and the exact answers Fincher sent back.  I didn’t edit a thing.  He sent the answers back in CAPS.

While the answers are a bit short and he didn’t answer question #7, he did reveal he wants to make a 3D movie and he also has an opinion on the Mark Canton/James Cameron story from a few weeks ago…

Finally, if you missed my glowing review of The Social Network, you can check it out here.  And in the coming weeks look for interviews with the cast of The Social Network.  It’s one of the best films I’ve seen this year.

1. There has been a lot of talk about Facebook requesting certain changes being made to the movie. How much are you willing to listen to these requests versus trying to keep the movie as accurate as possible?

FINCHER: I WAS DOWNSTREAM OF ALL THAT. YOU’LL HAVE TO ASK RUDIN.

2. How would you compare The Social Network to Zodiac in terms of facts versus fiction on screen?

WELL, I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH FACTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO GET IN THE WAY OF THE TRUTH.

3. Most of the actors that have worked with you talk about the amount of takes you do for every scene. I’ve always wanted to know why so many? Also, what’s the lowest amount of takes you’ve done for a scene and been happy?

I’VE DONE AS LITTLE AS 3, AND AS MANY AS 107. IT’S HORSES FOR COURSES…

The-Social-Network-movie-poster-David Fincher4. You always seem to use new and innovative technology in your movies.  What was the most technologically challenging aspect of The Social Network and what are audiences going to be surprised to learn?

THIS WAS PRETTY MEAT AND POTATOES — GET A GREAT SCRIPT, SOME AMAZING ACTORS, ENOUGH TIME, AND GET OUT OF THE WAY.

5. You shot the film using Sony 4K cameras. How much of a jump is the camera from previous digital cameras you’ve worked with?  Also, are you done using film or could you see using it for a certain type of project? Perhaps shooting certain scenes in IMAX like Nolan did on The Dark Knight.

WE SHOT THIS FILM WITH THE RED ONE BUT WITH THE UPGRADED MX SENSORS. I DON’T LIKE BIG HEAVY CAMERAS. I USED TO WORK AT ILM AND I’VE LUGGED ENOUGH VISTAVISION FOR ONE LIFETIME…

6. I would love to know your thoughts on 3D and post converted 3D.  Is 3D here to stay or is it a fad?  Also, is a 3D movie in your future?

I THINK 3D IS TO POST CONVERTED 3D AS JIM CAMERON IS TO MARK CANTON. I AM VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO MAKING A 3D FILM.

7. Finally….how in love are you with your iPad and what do you have on it?

He didn’t send an answer

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