David Fincher was born on August 28, 1962 at Denver, Colorado. When he was just 2 years old, his family moved to San Anselmo, California. Fincher graduated from Ashland High School, Oregon. He started making movies at the age of eight with an 8mm camera borrowed from his father. Instead of joining a film school, he went on take up his first job as an assistant for John Korty and his job was consisted of loading cameras. Here he got firsthand experience of seeing films being made. He went on to join the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) Company in the year 1983.
At ILM, he got a chance to work for successful productions like ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’, ‘Twice Upon a Time’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi’. After gaining enough experience at the company, he left the company in 1984 to direct a short commercial for the American Cancer Society. His work was widely appreciated which gave him chance to direct commercials for companies like Converse, Pepsi, Sony, Levi’s and Nike. He next joined Propaganda films in order to get into directing full-length feature films.
Before his first film in 1992, he was involved in directing many big budget music videos for artists like Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and Justin Timberlake. In 1989 and 1990, he won the MTV Music Awards for best Direction. After a long wait, he got the chance to direct his first film ‘Alien 3’ in 1992. The film did badly at the box office and got really negative reviews from the critics. But Fincher came back strong in 1995 with the psychological thriller ‘Se7en’. The film was both critically and commercially successful, grossing over $320 million.