Film & TV

Cinematography: Manifesting David’s Vision

David Lynch

Lesson time 9:43 min

Using vivid black-and-white examples from “Eraserhead” and “The Elephant Man,” David teaches you how to think cinematically.

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.

I'm a painter, so to see Mr. Lynch talk about coming from a painting background is relatable. I started TM because of his endorsement of it. I have taken directing classes and did one of his scenes from Lost Highway, so it's a pleasure to learn more about him. I enjoyed his take on creativity and the focus on positivity. Thank you for having him here.

it was an amazing masterclass!! I loved it with all my soul! thank you so much for sharing! I feel so close to David now. thank you

I really enjoyed David's explanation of transcendental mediation.

Inspired. Lynch is so much himself it inspires me to find myself and build from there Thats where the power is. Thanks MC and David


Christine W.

Mesmerising the main inspiration I’m finding is reminder of unique vision Lynch is so completely himself it’s very powerful

Saurav N.

Sir what do you do when your team doesn’t believe in your dreams. How do you motivate them to give you their best?

Jonathan W.

I enjoyed this particular lesson, but I do wish there was little more detail into the storyboarding / shotlisting part of David's process. I've had storyboards done for my shorts, but I would love to see his storyboards lined up with the sequence of shots from a particular movie.

Samantha G.

And I might as well point out that I find this class very helpful with writing and the art of comics too. I've noticed my style of storytelling is similar to David Lynch and Wes Anderson (Isle of Dogs, Fantastic Mister Fox) with the weird and dark tones. (The person commenting is the same person who enjoyed The Human Centipede, Grave of the Fireflies, The Lobster, The Eyes of My Mother, The Plague Dogs, A Cure for Wellness, and Frank.)

Samantha G.

God, The Elephant Man was such a beautifully sad film. And me being the history buff I am especially found that film interesting.

Gertie K.

Love this masterclass with David Lynch. Have been listening to him during a few early morning commutes now - perfect inspiration for the rest of the day!

Chad E.

Nice approach. It's great to have the technical possibilities that are available today.. No need for the Optical Printer.

nicholas D.

Thank you David for being you embracing the shadow yet not knowing you don't have to be in the shadow to make the shadow.

Dennis F.

David is an image and sound artist. Put him together with a great cinematographer and voila! Beauty. I hope we get to chronological structural breakup. He travels in time like no one else.

Pablo Z.

I remember the first time I watched a Lynch`s Film I was 9 years old, I was making a, architectural model of Notre Dame de Paris, the famous gothic french cathedral, and at the same time in French TV (Canal +) there was a man with a strange big head doing the same, building a Cathedral. I still remember this images until now, the black an white of the film, the mood, the sound, the sadness of this man... The film was of course The Elephant Man, I was living in Paris, it was 1987. Almost 15 years later in the Art School University I reknew David Lynch with Mulholland Drive, and I realized that was the same film director of that film with the man with a bag on his head.