From David Lynch's MasterClass

Casting for Character

Casting is an intuitive process that can result in exciting discoveries and collaborations. Learn how to identify and recognize the right performer for a part and hear David discusses working with some of his favorite actors.

Topics include: Laura Dern • Kyle MacLachlan • Casting Laura Palmer

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Casting is an intuitive process that can result in exciting discoveries and collaborations. Learn how to identify and recognize the right performer for a part and hear David discusses working with some of his favorite actors.

Topics include: Laura Dern • Kyle MacLachlan • Casting Laura Palmer

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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.

Stay true to your idea. Work is the effort you put into communicating your idea, so that the audience feels the same like you did getting the idea. - Be close to yourself to not loose the picture in your hat.

An outstanding, deeply-inspiring Masterclass of the highest standard. Thank you David, and thank you Masterclass Team for consistently delivering the best online education I have come across. I hope you keep going and adding lots more amazing filmmakers. Any chance of getting: William Friedkin, Paul Schrader, Brian DePalma and.......Taika Waititi???

This is one of my favorite all time movie directors, so i liked anything about it! Congratulations to get this instructor to Masterclass group of teachers and mentors!!

It's great to get inside the thought process of such a creative being. It was very inspirational.

Comments

Maria R.

Amazing! A bright mind, a remarkable sensitive soul, thank you, Mr. Lynch. I feel honored to hear you.

Dillon G.

This perspective is invaluable. As someone who long considered himself an actor first and foremost, I've always had to view through that particular lens, even sometimes when I was in other roles *separate* from the character. Hearing Mr. Lynch discuss how he interacts, or listen rather, to an individual interested in the character inspires my process in directing. I'm actually excited about a new opportunity to cast a film, rather than dreading it. Yeah, it is really amazing and fun to solidly choose that final cast...but I feel as if the entire process was so contrived: read sides, over and over, sometimes being lucky to get an actor to read with! Well, I think the next time I go for an audition after this episode, I'll be ready in a brand new light.

Craig K.

Technically, that's why God made casting directors who go through lots of talent before they land on the right actor for the right part. Problem is, Lynch movies are not When Harry Met Sally movies so it would be damn near impossible for anyone else BUT DAVID LYNCH to cast for his roles, with the exception of Mark Frost perhaps. I subjectively view all of Lynch's most recent characters, especially in Twin Peeks as 'Quirky' and that makes them unique and damned difficult to find. Lynch runs into a wall when he gets stuck on a project like DUNE, where he's asked to do something not really his style; working with actors that could not understand what he wanted and it was all about the money. Not all directors are designed for all films. David Foster Wallace saw that with David Lynch with Dune and had the greatest of sympathies for him when Lynch was stuck in that predicament. In the end, Lynch is perhaps the GREATEST finder of and director of Quirky films that we will ever see. He belongs up there - maybe not up there as high as Billy Wilder, but darn close.

Charles

This is the first itme I have seen grat produciotn value from you. This is what should be in ALL of the MAsterclass peices! KUDOS!

Jade P.

I really love Lynch's choices for casting. And one thing that I love is to collaborate with the same actors over and over again, so you can push the work further. Thank you for this amazing opportunity to take a class with you David Lynch.

Dennis F.

Seeing through this artist's eyes is a real treat. His ability to see a lollipop world and a sewer that occasionally surfaces is amazing. He sees that in actors as well or at least recognizes it when they tap into it. Great class.

Carlos S.

Kyle McLachlan has always been a great actor. I grew up with Lynch´s Dune and Kyle was some sort of hero of mine when I was a kid. They all grew up as a family through the years. Yes.

Anastacia S.

This lesson conveys how important it is to allow the moment to guide you in creating art.

Casie

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