Watch: What Makes David Fincher One of the Best Music Video Directors of All Time

David Fincher launched his career and perfected his style with music videos. Here’s how.

Like Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and so many working directors today, David Fincher got his start directing music videos in the ’80s and ’90s.

As video essayist Patrick Willems argues, Fincher’s artistic evolution took place through his music videos. This is how he was able to hit the ground running; by the time Fincher directed his feature debut, Alien 3, he had already honed his voice as an auteur directing music videos for Madonna (Vogue and Express Yourself, among others)

Part of what makes Fincher such a great music video director, Willem notes, is his intimate…