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.

This dude is very inspiring. I love his work.

David is a genius! He has an excellent way of explaining things that really resonates with his audience.

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.

This is magnificent,amazing. David Lynch ignites the essence of the creative spirit,regardless of your chosen medium. Visually this entire class was exciting,what an experience. I will be watching again. I also practice TM, and all he says is true. Rock on into the new day.


A fellow student

i was struck by his insistence on focusing on and letting the 'idea' to guide you.

Soha Z.

What I take home with me from this episode is, my important role as a director on set is to allow creativity flow! Don't be a shmuck! (I don't know what that means! lol) and Be someone around whom, creativity flows. And another second most important thing is to trust your intuition on set! get the frame right, go over budget if it means to get the Gold, get the Gold!

Regina R.

The metaphor of "happy family", give me this image that travels into the idea and the idea stick like glue in my head... he is honest in his talk, and uses images makes it easier to follow

Tatiana C.

I like it a lot. Conception of Happy family and the ideas about Bob..Brilliant!

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.