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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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.

This Masterclass has sparked a learning and approach to the work that I will carry forever; to be able to live with the work, and let the work live in myself joyously and full of energy. Thank you David

This is exactly what I needed to hear in my life at this exact moment. David Lynch is such a passionate man, and actually a generous teacher. Thank you.

Not very long, but really intense lesson in spirituality, creativity and cinema, by one of the few geniuses of world cinema of our time. Truly transcendental from beginning to end.

I really enjoyed David's explanation of transcendental mediation.

Comments

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.

Ocubox

It all comes down to belief (in yourself/ideas/intuition), then finding the right people (cast and crew) to go along with you on that journey and realise the ideas in your head...

Inga L.

So inspiring! David Lynch is a genius. A true original! I love the way the lessons are shots, the animated film clips and the graphics! Awsome!

Saurav N.

I hate to disagree... when you suffer... when you fall down there is no other way but to stand up and go upwards. Of course suffering should not be your target. But if you suffer then it motivates you to find your solution. A film can be your medicine.

Anailuj M.

Thank you David. You have been my teacher for many years. In 2011 I made de Meditation Class because of you and it changed my life. Not to mention how your films taught me a lot about how everything works together to create the MOOD! I send you all my love and again, THANK YOU!

A fellow student

Thank you for this Masterclass I really have come away with a new confedence in following the idea to it's end.

Product D.

DUNE ? Was a Failure, in your book ?? Dude. Dune was one of the best movies ever made. It most certainly was your best film. No Question about it. I am puzzled by why you think it was a failure. That is truly puzzling. The symptoms of a classic, especially a cult classic, is watching something, listening to something repetitively - because it is timeless. Dune is practically the only thing you have made that is timeless and you don't get tired of it watching it repetitively. I am baffled by why you think DUNE was a mistake.

Diego C.

Feelings are an essential part in the world of art. In my modest opinion, without feelings —as pain for example—, ideas are just artificial things; we need to feel them to understand them. This is the only way we can conceive art: it´s all about living ideas, not just making a theoretical representation of them. According to David, if those feelings are controlling us, it´s going to be very difficult to work; but in a certain way, they must be present during all the creative process, in order to let art make its cathartic function.

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.