From David Lynch's MasterClass

Creativity and the Writing Process

Writing is a way to remember ideas that come to life in your mind. Learn how to approach a blank page and find out why David thinks there is no formula for writing a good script.

Topics include: Breaking From Formula • Start Pouring Out Writing • Where Does Character Come From? • We’re All Detectives • Visualizing a Screenplay • The Importance of Originality • Create Your Setup

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Writing is a way to remember ideas that come to life in your mind. Learn how to approach a blank page and find out why David thinks there is no formula for writing a good script.

Topics include: Breaking From Formula • Start Pouring Out Writing • Where Does Character Come From? • We’re All Detectives • Visualizing a Screenplay • The Importance of Originality • Create Your Setup

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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.

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.

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

How can you not love this man? He's looking for his truth and seeking the highest truth in his art. That is a most honorable pursuit.

It was great listening David talk about his work.

Comments

Tatiana C.

I find David Lynch lessons very inspiring and very happy to dive in his world. Love his work and his attention to the details.

A fellow student

I am so ecstatic I am finally able to take Mr. Lynch’s class. I have had an idea for years that keeps evolving and now I feel excited and enlightened to give it a go. Can’t wait to share it eventually.

Andrew Y.

It's amazing I was trying to set a goal of writing for 4 hours a day uninterrupted time, he's right about the selfishness is in the eye of the beholder. You have to stick up for yourself and fight for your dreams!

Priya L.

True, when it's important to give yourself the time to work on what you really love doing. Giving a few hours at most can be a great investment too. Thank you for this tip!

A fellow student

Brilliant! I love what he said- you can write about suffering but you don't have to suffer.

Jim D.

I'm enjoying his thought process and because is origins are drawing and painting- it explains the simplicity of his choice of words when describing things.

Alison M.

Beauty is the eye of the beholder. If anyone is looking to watch something similar to David Lynch's work, check out the short film, "Splendona." https://vimeo.com/189836597. Also, check out Happy Face Film. Alison Midstokke www.AlisonMidstokke.com

A fellow student

I wish that I could have the ending section about needing 4 hours for 1 hour of painting, and the destructiveness of interruptions, in some form to post to Facebook and everywhere else family could see it...

Chad E.

I have to say this constant angle shifting, Focusing in on the left eye, and passing the camera through something to blur the image is distracting. Seems like the someones over doing it a bit. I hear that we only use 10% of our brains though.. So, there's a 90% chance that I'm wrong.

Dustin R.

A lot of people might not get it or fully understand this. I think he might be my artistic soulmate. I might have just given up if it wasn't for his films, TM, and not feeling alone after hearing this. You can be an outsider, and not feel alone.