From David Lynch's MasterClass

Cinematography: Manifesting David’s Vision

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

Topics include: Lighting Eraserhead • Collaborating With Cinematographer Freddie Francis • Case Study: A Scene from The Elephant Man • Shotlists and Storyboards

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

Topics include: Lighting Eraserhead • Collaborating With Cinematographer Freddie Francis • Case Study: A Scene from The Elephant Man • Shotlists and Storyboards

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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.

Reviews

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

Got me to get back on track with a project and start TM again.

I've always been a fan of Lynch. To see how generous is he can be with his ideas was wonderful

This is magnificent,amazing. David Lynch ignites the essence of the creative spirit,regardless of your chosen medium. Visually this entire class was exciting,what an experience. I will be watching again. I also practice TM, and all he says is true. Rock on into the new day.

Real. Honest. Open. Authentic. Could relate to his way of thinking and relieved to learn that way is possible. Validated my thoughts.

Comments

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.

Patrick M.

David’s voice is so soothing. It helped me get rid of my fear of airplanes while listening to his audiobook Room to Dream on a trip to the Toronto film festival. Everyone should listen to it or die.