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Filmmaking 101

The first rule of filmmaking? There are no real rules, says director David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club), whose Panic Room Special Edition (R, 112 mins., 2002, Columbia TriStar) features storyboard-to-final cut comparisons and chronicles one challenging, claustrophobic shoot.

Jodie Foster calls you ''meticulous.''

[Laughs] Meticulous was the most polite word she could use.

Why so particular about color when shooting?

Red is hard to control -- your eye goes right to it. And if the sun hits white, it gets ridiculously bright.

Benefits of pre-visualization (computer-generated scene enactments)?

Pre-vis is a valuable preplanning tool: Is this area going to be wide enough when I get to the top? Is the shot going to feel right?

The production doc says some people were at their wit's end by wrap time.

Don't shoot for 100 days with 90 people in one place...it grates. If Panic Room 2 crosses your desk, start at the beach.

Originally posted Apr 09, 2004 Published in issue #759 Apr 09, 2004 Order article reprints