Film & TV

Catching Ideas

David Lynch

Lesson time 18:36 min

For David, ideas are everything. Learn how to draw from your intuition and life experience to unlock powerful sources of creative inspiration.

David Lynch
Teaches Creativity and Film
David Lynch teaches his unconventional process for translating visionary ideas into film and other art forms.
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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.


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

really enjoyed listening and watching David Lynch. found him very inspiring on creativity particularly. now i’ll rewatch and start to apply things. thank you,

Stay true to the idea. Ideas are the most important thing.

Beautifully curated class, wish there was more. David Lynch is fascinating and has excellent broad points for creatives.

I am beyond amazed to learn from David Lynch. I will never forget after seeing Blue Velvet I had a somewhat skewed opinion about the maker of the film. I am happy to see that my perceptions have changed. There is so much here, I intend to repeat the course in the future. Philip T Hardy, MD


Michelle F.

While searching for one or two classes to fully commit myself to in the categories of writing, screenwriting, directing and photography I found that each person really stressed on all the same main points as the others... bringing me to the conclusion that it is who you connect to , who explains things in a way that sinks into you and incites action..that you trust will somehow be there when you are lost in your own creativity and all of its possibilities...My first discovery here on Master Class is that Davis Lynch is that person for me!

Khalid A.

This was great for me. It served as a reminder to take the time to draw ideas and imagine universes. Takes me back to my childhood when I first began daydreaming scenarios in my head. The affirmation by a great filmmaker like David about the importance of allowing yourself time to dream without guilt and to pursue ideas and imaginative scenarios was a great confidence-booster too.

Bogdan G.

I listen and take notes; his ideas and the way it's presented electrifies the brain as the defibrillator brings the heart back to life.

A fellow student

ideas are around us. concious...never miss any of us. Its only whether u know the bait has been hooked

Milad T.

to be honest, this lesson wasn't good at all. but its my very first masterclass lesson, so ill give it many more chances!

Debby V.

Very interesting part on intuition. I feel like intuition has been stigmatized to a "women's thing" but I think everyone does have it and it has been a big part of my life. That it can help the idea process was very illuminating.

Ben W.

Great lesson. Deep and insightful. A lot covered here.... His first statement "Ideas are Everything" calls to mind something in R. L. Stine's Masterclass, that Stine writes from a Title. He discovers an Idea, puts it into a Title, and starts writing. Lynch seems to resonate with that approach. And with Stine, it's the title that holds, enables him to recall, all that is inherent in the idea. I particularly picked up on Lynch's insistence to "write the ideas down". How often I've had an idea, one that I thought was so good that I couldn't possibly forget it, and then more of life happened and I couldn't recall the idea that I had, at least not in the details, and in part or altogether it was gone. Write it down. Have a systematic and convenient, on hand way to write it down. Do it.

A fellow student

It is inspiring to hear David speak on intuition. I really like the idea of being able to expand my own capacity for consciousness and intuition as a fundamental tool for creativity. I also like his take on how ideas work. Treating ideas as individual entities that require space and time to evolve is comforting to me. It removes the pressure I place on myself to only pursue the ideas I catch that I perceive to be more fully formed. I like that David reminds us that our own creative faculties are available to us if we make an effort to mine them. It seems like obvious advice on the surface due to its simplicity but it is an excellent reminder. The same goes for his comments on negativity, I like the value he places on recognizing and rejecting negative thoughts.

Andy P.

When I was living in New Haven Connecticut, working as a "Manny". Mr. Lynch came to talk to the MFA sculpture students whom where all really interested in video art at the time. Mr. Lynch just spoke about Transcendental Meditation and didn't speak of his films or creative process. It made me really happy.

Andy P.

I thought he might just talk about TM the whole time which would be interesting. I feel good I am taking this course, his process straightforward and strong.