From David Lynch's MasterClass

Breaking the Rules

Rules are great for driving, but in cinema? David doesn’t like rules. Learn to distinguish restrictions that stifle creativity from those that actually help you to think outside the box.

Topics include: Stealing Shots • Inspiration From Limitations

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Rules are great for driving, but in cinema? David doesn’t like rules. Learn to distinguish restrictions that stifle creativity from those that actually help you to think outside the box.

Topics include: Stealing Shots • Inspiration From Limitations

David Lynch

Teaches Creativity and Film

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An avant-garde figure in filmmaking, David Lynch introduced mainstream audiences to art-house films. Now the Oscar-nominated director of Mulholland Drive teaches his cross-disciplinary creative process. Learn how he catches ideas, translates them into a narrative, and moves beyond formulaic storytelling. Embrace the art life in David’s MasterClass and learn to test the boundaries of your own artistic expression in any medium.

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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Lynch's Class was a truly amazing experience professionally and personally. Thanks to allow a deeper look in the mind and work process of this art.

I have just finished the lectures. David is an amazing teacher and person. He is so generous and kind of delivering the best he can. I wish for him and for the crew the best. I will take the class with me in my next experience in movie making and then let you know how it came up.

I've been reminded to daydream, and to set the intention of desiring and idea, and then catching it and writing it down in a way that I will recall it in full.

This class should be a must for everyone that is interested in a creative path. Thank you.

Comments

Richard F.

"It's better to be safe all the way around." Absolutely right. Nothing is worth losing your life over. Plus, getting a permit is stupid-easy, to the point that there's no reason not to do it. If you have concerns or it feels scary or unfamiliar, contact your local film office or a location scout. They'll give you the inside information and help you with the process. It's REALLY easy. They just want to know when you're doing it and for how long, and if there's anything you plan to do that would potentially harm people - which you shouldn't be anyway. The one piece of advice I feel is warranted to repeat until I'm blue in the face is: leave a location better than how it was when you arrived. I can't tell you how many hospital locations I've had to go through because students and amateurs ruined the reputations of credible, insured filmmakers. Don't burn bridges. It hurts us all. Also, I just need to mention how amazing I think his film was as a contribution to the Lumière project. The transitions are wonderful. It's immediately recognisable as a Lynch film.

Chad E.

Rules Schmules. Think 1993 Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award.. Dramatic Category.

Damien

I don't like rules and I don't like people saying there are rules to follow to make a film. Anytime I present one of my film on the internet; there is always someone to say "this is not the right way to do it". Come on, I know "THAT", I just do not want to follow thousands of filmakers path. It may end up with something horrible but at least, I feel like my movie has a soul. https://youtu.be/zoZ3GF5wBrw

Saba

I embrace this with all my heart, as I always have worked with restrictions.

Jim S.

We wanted to shoot a scene of our lead actress coming down the steps of the state capitol building. It was right after 9/11 and there was a security guard patrolling. We set our camera up out of sight across the street and sent our actress into position. The AD crossed over, out of shot, openly carrying an extra camera. When the security guard approached to tell him he couldn't film there. We waved for the actress to start and got our shot.

Carlos S.

I have always loved this short. Fascinating how he shot the short for the 100th anniversary of the cinematograph. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJE0IrDNxsY