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Anatomy Of An Opening Sequence: David Fincher’s Seven
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Film Optical

"I was thinking that because John Doe was a photographer, not only is he writing the type but he’s making the film optical in his bathtub – he’s physically doing it because he’s got a dark room in his ratty apartment. So the editor, Angus Wall, who’s gone on to edit The Social Network and Zodiac and other Fincher films, he and I were writing all kinds of things on the film and stapling it together. The night before the shoot I went around my house trying to think about the darkest things I could find to make the shot more twisted. I remember taping fish-hooks together and taking a matt of hair out of my drain."

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