Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013 by Peter Sciretta
9. David Fincher likes the idea of binge watching.
While he hates the word “binge” he likes the idea that someone can make their own journey through the story on their own time. He personally has no preference, sometimes watching lots of tv and other times taking his time of putting on shows as a kind of “moving wallpaper” for the background. When the idea that the whole first season was going to be released online in one huge dump, some people who were involved in the production thought it was a bad idea, but not Fincher.
“I thought it was cool. I thought it would be okay. I thought it was the right idea. Thats how I find saw Breaking Bad, I saw four. You can experience it in a different way, you can decide how deep you want to go, which I thought ‘seems very modern’. … “I like the idea of movie literature, of having something in chapters and deciding ‘you know, I do have more time, I’d like to see how this resolves itself, but I can also put the book by the bedside table and come back to it.’
10. Feature Film Directors Struggled To Adapt To Television Drama’s Slower Pace.
Fincher and the other feature film directors who directed episodes in this series found out how to shoot more of the moments that would be cut from movies.
“Our discipline is so much about: oh shit we don’t need that, don’t need that, he doesn’t need to get out of the car and go into the coffee shop, we can start with him in the coffee shop, he’s paying, he’s drinking his coffee. We’re always trying to put 10 pounds of shit in a 5 pound bag and the tv guys are like ‘No, let it take some time.’” … “The reason I wanted to do [House of Cards] is that I’ve really found movies to become charted like roller coasters — it’s like, who cares who they are, lets get to the buildings exploding. when is the space junk gonna fall out of the sky and kill these people? And the thing about The Sopranos and Breaking Bad, television shows I’ve enjoyed, is that they have time for people to say ‘I’m about this and these are the limits of what I’ll do’ and then we watch them go beyond that. Because we spend so much time with them, we get to see them do the opposite of what they say.” … “We’re use to dealing with Hollywood studio executives who are tweeting while they’re watching a rough cut, ‘Well, he’s not very likable is he?’
11. They never planned to show the dog who gets hit by a car in the opening scene.
Spacey did have a stuffed dog to work against while filming the sequence, and that stuffed stand-in can kind of be seen in the wide shot when he comes out of the house.
“This scene definitely separates the men from the boys because if you can follow this character to scene two, we have a shot at keeping you entertained. … There is a small percentage of the American public that confuses that moment with advocacy, and that isn’t intended.”
It’s worth noting (because someone in the comments will likely ask): Fincher didn’t talk much about the future of the series, and also didn’t bring up any of his past or future film projects.