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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

David Prior

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#1 of 25 OFFLINE   Southpaw

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Posted August 18 2008 - 07:24 AM

Saw the trailer the other night during the Olympics. Looks awesome! My wife looked over at me and said "that looks creepy". I replied, "it's David Fincher...c'mon!!!" Really can't wait to see this one. Are you going to be working on the eventual 2009 release? If so, when do you usually start?

#2 of 25 OFFLINE   David Prior

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Posted August 22 2008 - 07:58 PM

I've been working on it for over a year and a half, mostly shooting. Just getting into editing. And it's even better than it looks. Fincher's best film, by a long shot.

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Posted August 24 2008 - 12:47 AM

Fincher's best film? Wow, that's high praise considering so many of his films are classics now. That is some process....truly a 2 year ordeal then, huh? And then there is work on the eventual DVD release too? Now I really can't wait!! Merry Christmas to me...Merry Christmas to me....

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Posted August 24 2008 - 04:49 AM

That's a bold statement. I was excited before but now I can't wait to see it.

#5 of 25 OFFLINE   David Prior

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Posted August 24 2008 - 09:10 AM

I know how strong that sounds, but it's only controversial until you see the movie. I had the great honor of meeting and working with Fincher after I'd already been a giant fan -- I saw Seven three times on opening day -- but Button is so ambitious, so beautiful and so faultlessly executed that it really is in a class by itself.

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Posted November 14 2008 - 08:41 AM

After reading a version of the script and watching the available clips, it's obvious this will be an exceptional project. Congratulations

#7 of 25 OFFLINE   Southpaw

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Posted November 18 2008 - 11:15 AM

I'm counting the days until this gets released.

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Posted November 25 2008 - 07:08 AM

I have a connection to one of the cast members. In 2005 I shot a short film for a Boulder, Colorado film competition starring the, as of then, undiscovered Madisen Beaty (Cate Blanchett's character at age 13). This is Madisen's first major film and I was wondering, how did she do? Or were her scenes too few to matter much?
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Posted December 01 2008 - 06:47 AM

OMG u just got me so hyped up David Posted Image!!

i luv fincher's work (even alien3). he is truly one of the greatest visionaries today. a modern spielberg, capra, chaplin, fellini, etc. i can't wait =P.

my question is: Does Fincher like Blu-Ray? we know Zodiac: Director's Cut is coming february. is he a huge advocate of HD extras on blu-rays? i know it's wicked early but it all starts now i'd imagine if the BD were to have any extras at all.

#10 of 25 OFFLINE   David (C)

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Posted December 27 2008 - 06:10 AM

I saw Button last night. After reading mostly mixed reactions from critics and non-critics (the online frat boy community) I was cautious with my expectations. Glad to know once again my own personal taste always wins out what the rest of the world thinks because I love this movie. The look, tone, and pacing of the material was spot on.

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Posted December 29 2008 - 04:06 AM

saw it last Friday w/group of casual moviegoers. most didn't like it. it'll fail to connect with the 'common folk' who have no interest in thinking. but i absolutely dig it. my fav. scene is how he keeps u thinking about mortality and consequences of cause&effect during the car accident scene. oh and let's not forget the lightning strike guy, lol. love those non-sequitors. did he tell about all his 7 times? i lost count during the movie. i remember somewheres around 4 or 5 of them.

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Posted January 04 2009 - 01:42 AM

David - my complements to you and especially Mr. Fincher. My wife and I loved the movie. Zodiac became my new Fincher favorite upon viewing it on DVD release day last year but I believe Button will now overtake it. I keep recollecting some of the great masterstrokes much like JediFonger mentioned in his post. Great great work. Can't wait to own it on Blu-ray. One question I have is this: what was the creative thinking or what was behind the decision to backdrop the current hospital events with hurricane Katrina? Was that totally Eric Roth's decision? Did Fincher fully support this? I'm was just wondering what the reasoning was (if possible to comment). Thanks and great job by all!

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Posted January 04 2009 - 08:16 AM

We just saw this film this week. Beautiful work! The pacing, tone and themes were both poignant and executed to perfection IMHO.

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Posted March 01 2009 - 06:47 PM

it's even better than it looks.

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Posted March 19 2009 - 08:57 AM

Now that the DVD and BD releases have been announced, and Criterion is involved, what exactly will your involvement be with these releases, David?
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#16 of 25 OFFLINE   David Prior

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Posted March 19 2009 - 05:23 PM

I produced, directed and designed all the supplements and the menus. Criterion's involvement came very late in the game, and is really about branding. We brought them in to help acheive a better footprint in the marketplace than we got with the Zodiac special edition.

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Posted March 20 2009 - 01:34 AM

David, I, for one, can't wait for this release. I see that Fincher did a commentary and the rest of the supplements contain what is called a 4 part documentary? Do you know how long the entire doc is and how long each part is? I can't find that info. I take it that it's pretty extensive given that it needed a second disc. Thanks.

#18 of 25 OFFLINE   David Prior

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Posted March 20 2009 - 09:36 AM

The doc is about 130 minutes. There's also another 30 minutes of stand alone material that didn't fit in the doc, divided amongst the tech scouts, costume design and CG work on the baby, as well as several still galleries. I hope you enjoy it.

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Posted March 21 2009 - 02:26 AM


Could this material be made available for download at a future date? (I just hate knowing there' material out there that couldn't fit, especially still galleries which 1. are great when done well, and 2. didn't make it onto Mr. Lauzirika's Blade Runner SE either. You understand. Posted Image)

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Posted March 21 2009 - 04:48 AM

I think you misinterpreted it. The additional 30 minutes of material and the still galleries are on the disc, but are not put into the main documentary.
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