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 was a privilege. I love the way David sees the world, and how relates to other human beings. He is so sensitive. I will keep working on the no-suffering art life. Thanks for bringing him.

I really learned a lot from this masterclass, as I found the answers to all of my questions through the class. Moreover, the techniques that have been provided have helped me in and saved a lot of time while doing my last short film.

Very enjoyable and honest. And entertaining, too! David is clearly a Master. TY.

This class is very informative, and highly recommend this class to anyone struggling in the creative process for a feature film.


Ranjan Kumar S.

David Lynch is a good communicator and he has a knack of story telling. It has been incredible listening to him thus far and I am sure that the course will give more insight into the art of film making.

Heather B.

I am finding this to be remarkably invaluable and completely intuitive. Having worked now on many film sets and observing another brilliant director, David Fincher, I have observed that the learning and "catching of ideas" happens anywhere.

Behzad P.

The idea of happy family vs fear thought base family is creativity vs every-day- ness

Aurélien C.

Holy crap, I've seen the whole two first seasons of Twin Peaks twice and never remarked Bob's head during the second pan of Laura's room until this masterclass ! He's so well integrated in the sequence that I always felt strange at the end of the pilot, as my unconscious mind surely saw it... By the way, what an underrated actor Frank Silva is ! And of course, this masterclass is PURE GOLD

Dylan H.

David's advice on leaving fear out of business is 100% true. I have cultivated a giant happy family of filmmakers for a horror movie contest/festival for over a decade with nothing but love. Dark photo attached of last October's GuignolFest show. I am totally with the crew, it is happening, and we are enjoying the trip. Snags happen, but we breathe through it. I also painted our last movie set with my wife and we took our time so it was just right. Thank you, David, for the continued inspiration!

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