PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: David Fincher

David Fincher’s The Social Network is nominated at this year’s Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Musical Score, Sound Mixing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay), and Best Picture in addition to Jessie Eisenberg’s nomination for Best Actor in his role as Mark Zuckerberg. The Social Network is also nominated by The Art Director’s Guild (ADG) for Best Production Design in a Contemporary Film. To honour his visual achievements, here is some Fincher ‘Production Design Porn’ for your viewing pleasure.


Alien 3

Alien 3 (1992)

Production Designers: Norman Reynolds, Michael White | Art Directors: Fred Hole, Jim Morahan | Set Decorator: Belinda Edwards

Se7en

Se7en (1995)

Production Designer: Arthur Max | Art Director: Gary Wissner | Set Decorator: Clay A. Griffith

The Game (1997)

Production Designer: Jeffrey Beecroft | Art Directors: James J. Murakami, Steve Saklad | Set Decorator: Jackie Carr

Fight Club

Fight Club (1999)

Production Designer: Alex McDowell | Art Director: Chris Gorak | Set Decorator: Jay Hart

Panic Room (2002)

Production Designer: Arthur Max | Art Directors: Keith Neely, James E. Tocci | Set Decorators: Jon Danniells, Garrett Lewis, Jaqueline Jacobson Scarfo

Zodiac (2008)

Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt | Art Director:  Keith P. Cunningham| Set Decorator: Victor J. Zolfo

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt | Art Director: Kelly Curley, Michele Laliberte, Randy Moore, Scott Plauche, Tom Reta | Set Decorator: Victor J. Zolfo

The Social Network

The Social Network (2010)

Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt| Art Director: Curt Beech, Keith P. Cunningham, Robyn Paiba| Set Decorator: Victor J. Zolfo


What is your favourite David Fincher movie? What awards do you think The Social Network will win at the Oscars?

Alison Hickey

Posted by Alison Harmsworth

Alison Harmsworth is a set designer based in Toronto. Her credits include ‘Schitt’s Creek’, ‘Good Witch’, ‘A Christmas Horror Story’, ‘Remedy’, and ‘Spun Out’.

  1. Fight Club is easily his greatest film. The Social Network will for sure win Best Director and Adapted Screenplay and maybe some technical ones, but I would argue it shouldn’t win any at all.
    http://www.chinokino.com/2010/12/16th-annual-bfca-critics-choice-movie.html

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    1. http://www.chinokino.com/2011/01/second-look-social-network.html#more

      I think that’s the link you meant.

      But yes. I couldn’t agree with you more. The film will likely win a lot of awards including Best Picture but I think another reason is that they also want to praise him for his previous solid work. While The Social Network is a decent film it is not the film the Awards committees are making it out to be.

      Despite the shortcomings of Fincher’s latest work I find his work beautiful. He cares about his design as much as he cares about the cinematography. I appreciate that when you watch a Fincher film it holds his stamp no matter which Designer he has hired which says to me he is the ultimate visionary of his film. That isn’t the case with many director’s these days.

      My favourite of his work would be Fight Club or Seven. Alex McDowell’s work in Fight Club is extraordinary and outmatches all of his previous work.

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      1. Oops. Yes, that’s the link I meant to grab. I don’t think it will win Best Picture, though. We’ll see what the DGA, SAG and WGA give out, but I bet that The King’s Speech will prove to be the one to beat. The Social Network is a critic’s movie, but The King’s Speech is a filmmaker’s movie.

  2. I love Fight Club forever because it’s perfect. And it was only later in life, after I’d grown to become a man, that I realized that the people who made this movie just thought that they were interesting ideas – they didn’t necessarily live by these ideas. For Fight Club to end up being so so so special & important and to have come out of the Hollywood machine defies a million laws of probability as I see them. I had a 10th anniversary screening and gave a big speech!

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