Film & TV

Educating Yourself

David Lynch

Lesson time 17:26 min

David believes that the best learning is experiential and hands-on. He shares lessons from his first experiments in cinema and discusses the master filmmakers who have inspired him.

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.

What a great class!!! I wish I could've seen David in action explaining himself at work

David Lynch is a creative genius! Loved the class. Would love a PDF of the TM drawing he did in the bonus class...?

David´s view on main topics around creativity

The great wisdom that Lynch provides in his MasterClass, apply to life in general. David shows great filmmaking examples in some of his lessons.


David B.

Some great insights. That clip of Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart is one of my favorite scenes in cinema. I could see that he too was moved by the film. One of the glories of the art.

R.G. R.

His focus (and the emotion & sincerity he adds to it) on what seems like minor parts of a film or a directorial style is amazing. And of course the idea of hands-on learning being the best way is spot on.

Uliana I.

In the end of the day it's all about getting out there and actually FILMING

A fellow student

I love it, before watching it David had been for years one of my 3 most loved directors ever, now he is my Idol. The only thing If I can suggest, I don't like the parts of the class in which what David is saying is illustrated didactically images, that kills David's explanation and does not allow to imagine what he is saying. That's my only critic but all the rest is inspiring and wonderful

Hedydd I.

This was so beautiful. I feel like we don't see this enough, just directors showing there love for cinema purely, not just analysing but also enjoying. It shows the power of cinema and why it's such a great medium.

Michael B.

Easily the best Lynch video so far. I'll be honest: he sounded pretty "wishy-washy" to me in the first three. In this one, he sounds like a man who has done some extraordinary work in his life, and has something to share about it :)

Marjorie T.

The best part of this lesson for me was hearing David speak about the films and filmmakers he admires. You can feel so strongly his passion for their work. It makes the class worth watching alone to hear his opinion and watch as he watches clips from his favorite movies.

Micah B.

"Every interruption is like a knife stab in the middle of thought and getting into it... These days there’s interruptions around every corner, almost every second. I’ve said that you have to be somewhat selfish. But selfishness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. If you’re with the right people, it cannot be seen so much as selfishness." I've jumped off social media for two months to eliminate distraction and interruptions, and I'm in no rush to return. I encourage others, like David Lynch would, to practice selfishness with your time and surround yourself with "the right people".

Master K.

I find film analysis essential to understanding how to make a great film for yourself. By breaking down each element of a scene or of the whole, you gain insight into what makes them great and what it is about the filmmaker that you truly love.


I love that he focuses for quite a while on the mental and emotional experience of ideas. His long pauses give us time to absorb things from a different angle--things we thought we knew, but we are now seeing in a different light. We are given permission to daydream, and then to get to work creating, even if we don't quite know how yet. I really love and appreciate his lessons.