The clip embedded above contains a small portion of director David Fincher’s commentary on his 1997 film The Game. In it, the filmmaker discusses his approach to directing and how that process culminates in a finished work that consists of choices (in the form of shots, edits, movement, etc.) made to direct a viewer’s attention towards what is important. He frames this philosophy as the difference between what a director doesn’t do and what a director does do.

With regard to The Game, Fincher cites its nature as a mystery/thriller being the cause for his careful selection of what to include — and not include — throughout the movie (so as not to induce information overload). The description of these particular elements of his filmmaking relates to what is commonly known of Fincher as being an artist of highly meticulous and very detail-oriented perfectionism.