From David Lynch's MasterClass

Make It True to the Ideas

Every artist struggles with fears of failure and the pressures of success. David encourages you to keep your creative decisions focused on one overriding goal: staying true to the idea.

Topics include: Failure and Success • Suffering in Art • The Role of the Audience

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Every artist struggles with fears of failure and the pressures of success. David encourages you to keep your creative decisions focused on one overriding goal: staying true to the idea.

Topics include: Failure and Success • Suffering in Art • The Role of the Audience

David Lynch

Teaches Creativity and Film

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Connect with your creativity

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.

I've been reminded to daydream, and to set the intention of desiring and idea, and then catching it and writing it down in a way that I will recall it in full.

David has been such a great inspiration and it is very helpful to see his creative process. "Enjoy the doing" of whatever it is you're working on!

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

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.

Comments

A fellow student

I thought David Lynch and Ron Howard had the best directing presentations. Jodi Foster too!

Arthur L.

David Lynch is a true artist in every sense, speaking with beautifully considered honest ideas. I'm very grateful to Mr. Lynch and MasterClass for making this class available. So interesting to hear this great filmmaker's take on Billy Wilder, Federico Fellini and Frank Capra.

charles D.

This "man" have found peace through films and hypnosis...he is eraserhead ^^going back to the motherwaterworld ..david.

SD

Thank you for being so honest and inspiring. I knew I would love this class.

Graeme R.

How I love this man of the fluttering fingers and the gentle, subtle, funny ways of delivering great wisdom. A thousand times thank you, David Lynch. More of a masterpiece than a master class! I can't wait to watch it again, because I know now that it will never let me down.

Matthew T.

This entire masterclass was incredible! David is a wonderful human being and I feel so touched by his authenticity and level of consciousness. I was so inspired that I wrote and directed a short film about climate change. Feel free to see it below: https://youtu.be/ZhdKLZvGn0U

Luc S.

thank you , thank you for the inspiration, the freedom of mind and the liberating speech.

Rich C.

On Dune (everyone has an opinion, right) I fall in with Harlan Ellison, who always championed Dune primarily because it was an impossibly convoluted, costly and complex film that ever got made at all. It is also one of those films that, no matter where in the movie you jump in, you can't stop watching until the credits run. THAT's a movie, folks. Thanks for a fascinating class, DL. I pretty much follow your ways of thinking and working right down the track.

Jim P.

David, I still love Dune. Always will. I've seen it at least 25 times since viewing it in the theater in 1984. A failure? Far, far from it in my opinion. Sometimes, I watch the film without the sound on. Beautiful. You created an experience and a feeling unlike anything I've ever encountered before or since. Pure gold.

Will R.

This Masterclass touched me deeply. I learnt so much. David is a true genius, a master of his craft and I feel incredibly lucky to have gained so much knowledge from this living legend, THANK YOU. Just wonderful.