Film & TV

Make It True to the Ideas

David Lynch

Lesson time 9:11 min

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.

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.

An outstanding, deeply-inspiring Masterclass of the highest standard. Thank you David, and thank you Masterclass Team for consistently delivering the best online education I have come across. I hope you keep going and adding lots more amazing filmmakers. Any chance of getting: William Friedkin, Paul Schrader, Brian DePalma and.......Taika Waititi???

David made me finally realize my ideas and process are me. Learning to embrace and stay true to yourself is everything! Im going down a better road.

David Lynch through this MasterClass has reinvigorated my creative insides, to trust what I see and feel, and to release that which holds me back - fear and insecurities. Very grateful for this time spent with his words.

David Lynch is a force of nature. He is to be truly respected. He has helped me see how my creativity can be applied deeply in film. It was pleasure to learn from this unique expert.


A fellow student

Thank you for giving us an example of how important is to share the power, we'll do so to get even more of that power and blessing.

John S.

The secret sauce for making movies and life. "Stay true to the idea. Make it as good as you can. And you Love it! .....Maybe others will love it too. But you don't know. Build the movie/ drawing/ art etc for yourself." Inspirational words of wisdom.

Chava G.

There are ebbs and flows of the tide, make movies anyway. David Lynch is so human, so himself, such a movie maker and so in love with ideas, it creates a sort of genius. He cohesively brings so much to the table, not just the dishes, but the table cloth, table, and chairs, chandeliers, music and while providing nourishment, the servers and the guests - and enjoys himself before, during and after.

Maria D.

wow! what an inspiration to listen to the master artist speak. It has allowed me to think quite differently about my art. After listening to Lynch share his process. I feel a new freedom to be myself as a filmmaker. Wonderful masterclass!

Emm A.

Absolutely brillant. thank you for sharing all you've experienced over the years. truly one hell of a tooth and nail, uncomprimising sage of magic and wisdom! xx

Lord H.

I found it immensely entertaining and echoed my own thoughts and ideas of creativity, whether it be architecture, painting portraits or photography. All things in an Artist’s life aught work this way, and the conjuring of the continuity of ideas flowing and swimming in the direction of the Dream Catcher always the stimulus.

Master C.

David Lynch is a huge inspiration of mine. Loved his advise on conjuring ideas. This course served as a catalyst for my first ever claymation :) check it out

Mark T.

I loved his ramblings. He did reinforce a lot of my own personal thinking. He shows that passion and hard work does make a difference. Dune wasn't a disaster, it was a masterpiece.

Gundel L.

somewhat minimalistic and nevertheless deep and inspiring - have to listen to it all over again

Marco P.

Best Masterclass ever! Thank you Mr. David Lynch! This is so inspiring for me. I'm going to watch it all over again.