Michael Mann vs. David Fincher: Nike Football Challenge


Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere pointed out Nike’s latest Nike Football “Leave Nothing” commercial, this year directed by David Fincher and shot by Emmanuel Lubezki (Ali, The New World, Children of Men). The spaghetti western motiff is pretty cool and it got me thinking back to last year’s equally cool (if not cooler) commercial shot by Michael Mann with his frequent DP partner Dante Spinotti (Heat, The Insider, Public Enemies).

Now I leave it up to you, which one do you like better? I know there is an opinion out there because I know there are a lot of Mann and Fincher fans in the RopeofSilicon audience. Then again, perhaps it is a matter of whether you favor Shawne Merriman and Steven Jackson over LaDainian Tomlinson and Troy Polamalu.

Let your voice be heard.

Nike “Leave Nothing” Commercial (2007)
Directed by Michael Mann; Shot by Dante Spinotti

Nike “Leave Nothing” Commercial (2008)
Directed by David Fincher; Shot by Emmanuel Lubezki