Film & TV

On Set: Creating a Happy Family

David Lynch

Lesson time 15:28 min

Treat your team like a happy family and they will go the extra mile for you. Learn how David handles the pressures of the set while protecting a creative space for the cast and crew.

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.

For me the best learnings: transcendental meditation

I learned a lot about creativity and a new point of view about making things

This is one of my favorite all time movie directors, so i liked anything about it! Congratulations to get this instructor to Masterclass group of teachers and mentors!!

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


Jimena M.

So important and forgotten to talk about respect and creating a non violent set with crew and actors. <3

Quinten M.

This man is 70 and has better hair than me and everyone I know in their 20s


I love his analogies. The fragile glass bridge that turns into steel when you've gotten it right at the end of the day.

always loved david, especially now that he has aged and is sharing wonderful bits of wisdom with us, but i am surprised he is talking to us like we are beginners, i am a veteran and know almost all of the information he is giving us, I am looking for tricks of the trade and insights.....hmmmmmm....anyone listening?

Dimitri E.

He is a genius master, but for those that have to come up with and shoot their own stories now.....well it's a different scene to Eraserhead, but in a way a more exciting one.

Margaret M.

Hey, filmmakers: what does he mean when he talks about the things on the frame, the card and the sound card? I understand that he's talking about the essential material, but can you explain the references? TIA.

Whitney A.

I love you, David Lynch! I’m sitting here on day two of your MasterClass, recovering from surgery with little to do physically, and am instead mentally active, hanging on every word, sound and visual element of the class. I haven’t even finished, yet see how “the idea” and being true to it, is tethered to every section in every lesson. Being able to retain this “big picture” philosophy, can apply to everything in life. You communicate clearly and with interest, your compassion for life and people. I had to stop in the middle of the section to type my thoughts. Thank you for taking time to do a MasterClass; I’ll be rewatching it. You are a “master” of your craft, and a “class” act. ❤️🙏🏻

Donn L.

I’m so inspired by ERASERHEAD because I feel like David Lynch was making this film without much guidance or instruction. It’s creative storytelling and meshed with sound, contrast and blocking (among other things) to be the complete work of art. For me it’s so great to watch that film and be “open to dream” about the lives the characters lived before we found them in our story. About where they are going and what they love and hate and all the things we do… ERASERHEAD is like an exercise in how to make a film when you don’t know how to make a film and in such a film, there are no rules. And so the world they live in can have bent rules as well… There isn’t a formula or a system to adhere to and I love that about the film. It’s inspiring to watch because its a film that states to other filmmakers, “It can be done”.

Charlie W.

This was a fantastic lesson. Hearing about how Bob was a very, in the moment decision and creation is unbelievable, never knew that before. The fact that he was still so open to such major changes and additions whilst being in the middle of a shoot and making it work just speaks to his creativity. With all the time spent in pre-production, developing and writing the story, unheard of for such major changes to happen so spontaneously. All the talk of keeping things less stressful and maintaining a healthy and more positive workspace is a lesson so many should learn, know of several workplaces where the "leadership" just breeds negativity unnecessarily. Treating people well and making them comfortable only improves morale, their wellbeing and ultimately, their creativity and commitment to the work.

Jerry R.

Good discussion about keeping things on the set less stressful. I notice that some bosses complain in front of their employees... it probably doesn't help their morale. Liked what he said about sets being living characters, and we just get it little by little. A lot of stories try to tell everything at once, too much exposition.