It goes without saying (but here it is anyways) that David Fincher stands as one of the most talented filmmakers out there. No argument. From the masterpieces that are Se7en to Fight Club to The Social Network. Fincher's films exude a polish and precision that goes unrivalled.
What's inspiring about Fincher (and there's so much more than one) is his insane attention to detail. To getting every bit right. Even go to the lengths of filling a character's desk with things they might use and have those same things never see the light of day as far as the audience is concerned. But they're there.
Filmmaking (and specifically directing) requires so much concentration about so many moving pieces. How they all come together. A director being able to focus on details we'd never see or know about while still keeping the overall idea on track isn't just amazing: it's inspiring.
It's hard to pigeon hole what David Fincher is all about. Even this post is a grave injustice to what he has become as a filmmaker. From changing the game in the sound department by bring Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross on to The Social Network (they won an Oscar for that btw) to the phenomenally executed House of Cards. The guy knows what he's doing and does it well.
Fincher will continue to be the level with which I'll always hold myself to. Imagining him standing behind me as we watch playback of the latest take, whispering: "One more take."
Thank you for the inspiration, Mr. Fincher.
See you soon.