David Fincher: OK, yeah, for good reason. It’s interesting, I just grew up in a really interesting and bizarre place in a bizarre time. There was a real nexus of things. From third grade, I was making movies in 16mm, and every year, in film class – and everybody took film – they’d give you a song, a 45 and they’d say, “Make a film to this song,” because there was no sync sound. So you’d go out and shoot stuff with your friends, and you’d cut it and it was made to that song. So when MTV came along, people went, “We want you to make a film to this song,” and I thought, “I actually know how to do that. That may actually be the only thing I do know how to do.” That was a good gig for me.
Mark Salisbury: So did you treat them as a film school?
DF: Yeah. I hate to say this because I took millions of dollars from people to do these things. But the day that they started to put your name on it was a horrible day for me. I just thought it was so cool that you could try out this stuff and no one would ever … you know, they’d blame it on Michael Jackson. [audience laughs]
MS: But movies were always the goal, when you were making videos like Express Yourself, that Metropolis thing.
DF: Yeah, we thought that was good fun. I don’t know, she came up with that idea. She was like, “I wanna do Metropolis,” and I thought, it’s her million bucks.