To say that the work of David Fincher is often eulogized in homemade tribute videos would be an understatement. Since his distinct visual style and framing crosses over into many of his movies, there are myriad opportunities for creative match cuts cleverly linking shots and movements between different Fincher films, some of them almost twenty years apart. Add a layer of pre-Fincher-movie-scoring Trent Reznor into the mix, and you have a winning combination.
That’s exactly what Vimeo user Artem Chudinov did. His brisk yet kinetic tribute covers all of Fincher’s feature work from 1992 to 2011. Yes, unfortunately that means there isn’t any footage from “Gone Girl.” Even more unfortunate is that there are no shortage of scenes from “Alien 3.”
To be fair, Fincher’s oppressively dark and moody visuals for “Alien 3” work so much better in a trailer setting where random images are presented out of context. It was when the same images came together to form the nonsensical plot — which Fincher himself fought against tooth and nail but failed since he was a first time Hollywood director at the time — that fans of the franchise began having problems with “Alien 3.”
Chudinov’s use of match cuts between different Fincher films is what elevates this tribute from the many similar Fincher videos currently occupying YouTube and Vimeo. The short series of shots, dynamically supported by Nine Inch Nails’ “The Day The World Went Away,” presents a perfect compact study of Fincher’s approach to movement and framing. Speaking of short, Chudinov gets an extra gold star for keeping his video at a trailer-length two minutes and thirty seconds. You can watch the tribute below.