This Video Cleverly Explains How David Fincher Films 'Hijack Your Eyes'

The 'Fight Club' and 'Seven' director is a master of this trick

Whether it is the dark streets of Seven or the cool Nordic light in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher's films all have a certain mood to them that draws you in.

But is it just his use of lighting and location that entices the viewer? No, according to YouTube channel The Nerdwriter, who have examined his film catalogue to explain what it is about his directing that keeps your eyes glued to the action.

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The video talks of how after watching a David Fincher film, "everything would look Fincheresque, like your eyes were mimicking his camera movements."

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He explains how Fincher uses a camera tilt, pan or tracking shot specifically to match the speed and direction of the moving character in the frame. "When the character stops, the camera stops too, and starts again when the character starts to move again."

And whilst many directors use tilts and tracking shots, in Fincher films the matching movement is perfect.

"The effect starts to accumulate in your mind," they explain. "All of a sudden Fincher's reality is your reality."

The result of this is that you're locked into the behaviour of the character and "you really feel it when someone moves around the space that they're in."

Watch the full video to see his trick in action: