‘The Killer’ – David Fincher’s Cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt, Editor Kirk Baxter and Sound Designer Ren Kylce on making movies the Fincher way.

We have a bumper episode for you with not one, not two but three Oscar nominated or Oscar winning filmmakers who work with David Fincher. We have Cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt, Editor Kirk Baxter and Sound Designer Ren Kylce who have all worked with Fincher multiple times who talk about their latest collaboration The Killer which starring Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton.

First Up. Dom Lenoir chats to Cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt:

Discussing lighting techniques.

How do you tell a story with the camera and the camera as a character

Why he didn’t want to let David down.

How they shot fight scenes and why you need to be efficient and responsible.

Editor – Kirk Baxter

Why as an editor he wanted to make The Killer

Fassbenders ‘moments’

What he starts with when he gets the rushes

Why he shows David early cuts.

What he looks for as an editor and tips and tricks.

and finally Sound Designer Ren Kylce

David likes to get them to start sound design straight away.

Where he finds sounds.

Collecting Foley.

Sharing sound files among other sound mixers

Creating tension in sound design.

Defining tone with the director.

The Killer is OUT NOW on NETFLIX.


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