Pic of the Day – Harris Savides on the set of Zodiac (2007)

A pair of production stills featuring cinematographer Harris Savides (Milk, Elephant, American Gangster) on the set of David Fincher’s Zodiac (2007). Both pics were taken by unit stills photographer Merrick Morton. Zodiac was one of the first movies to use Thomson’s Viper FilmStream high-definition digital cameras. Here’s Savides’ thoughts on the camera, from the May 2007 issue of American Cinematographer Magazine:

“I didn’t like the viewfinder, the umbilical cord to the recorder, or the need for a digital-imaging technician just so you can turn the camera on. But someone’s got to start using these systems to help make them better, and, of course, film has its problems, too. Nothing is perfect. But what is the net gain of shooting digitally? So far, from my perspective, any benefit of using digital cameras lies in postproduction, not production. In the future, I see smaller, better cameras; fewer crewmembers needed to service them; and a method of production that’s freer and less encumbered by technology. But that’s not the situation right now.”

Behind the Scenes: The films of David Fincher

“I don’t know how much movies should entertain. To me, I’m always interested in movies that scar. The thing I love about Jaws is the fact that I’ve never gone swimming in the ocean again.” – David Fincher in a 2010 interview with The Independent

With Gone Girl out on home video tomorrow, Deep Fried Movies takes a look back at the career of David Fincher via this gallery of set stills encompassing each of this 10 films as director. Continue Reading ›