Would You Pass the David Fincher Are-You-Ready-to-Become-a-Filmmaker Test?
“I always wanted to give a lecture at film schools. You go in and you see all these fresh faces, and you say: “You! Stand up, tell me your story. Tell me what your film is going to be about.’ And they start, and you go: ‘Shut up and sit the f-down!’ And if they do, you go: ‘You’re not ready.’ Because the film business is filled with Shut-up and sit-the-fuck-down. You got to be able to tell your story in spite of sit-down and shut-the-fuck-up. If you are going to let something like that derail you, what hope do you have against transportation department? What hope do you have against f-ing development executives?”
We always hear ‘You will get a lot of No’s’ (whatever your field), and it’s true, life is basically made of people ready to say ‘no’ first, and even more so in the filmmaking industry. But the way Fincher puts it is just crystal clear. The tendency is to obey and follow orders, especially when in front of someone who has a higher rank. But if you systematically do, can you make it?
Now the question is: would you have passed the Fincher test? (I would have failed splendidly, especially ten years ago but probably even today. Point taken.)
Take it One Step Further with David Fincher:
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- David Fincher About the Art of Being a Conductor
*UPDATE 06/11/2014* Thanks to Nev Pierce for providing the source that has a very cool domino effect to it: the original picture I found from Sheri Candler was taken by Nev Pierce. The quote within the pic comes from the article ‘You Better Be F***ing Serious: David Fincher on Directing‘ but the pic itself is from the book David Fincher Interviews which also includes several interviews conducted by Pierce. Neat.
Note: Sheri shared the excerpt from an interview she found on Google + but that didn’t have a source. So if you know where it came from, let me know, I’ll update! [I don’t know how to scrap text]