David Fincher
The Colorado born filmmaker began his career in animation at Korty Films, before moving on to Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. But he left his job at ILM to pursue his first commercial directing job. The aforementioned cancer ad won him the attention of producers, and soon he was helming the Rick Springfield documentary The Beat of the Live Drum, as well as a slew of commercials for brands like Levi's, Converse, Nike, Pepsi, Revlon and Sony.

Next, Fincher took up with Propaganda Films, where he was offered work directing music videos. Other helmers who followed this path include, Michael Bay, Antoine Fuqua, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Alex Proyas, Mark Romanek, Zack Snyder, and Gore Verbinski.

Fincher made his feature directorial debut in 1992, helming Alien 3. But his reputation evolved as he churned out Seven, The Game, Panic Room and Zodiac. In 2009, he earned his first Oscar nomination for helming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which was based the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. Another Oscar nod followed n 2011 for The Social Network, based on the non-fiction book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich.

And this fall will see the release of Fincher's latest mind-bending crime drama Gone Girl. Check out a trailer for this much-anticipated thriller below:

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