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Film & TV

Production Design: Building Unique Worlds

David Lynch

Lesson time 18:06 min

The world on screen begins as an idea in the director’s mind. David shares several show-and-tell techniques for conveying ideas to designers, encouraging improvisation along the way.

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.

Thank you David Lynch. What an extraordinary gift your Masterclass was for me. Brilliant and inspiring.

amazing, what an inspiring soul. thank you. will watch it again

I have learned that fishing for ideas has been in my work flow but never had a name for it. I enjoyed David's explanation on creativity and how to stay true to the ideas! Well Done Masterclass by David Lynch. I highly recommended this to anyone in the arts!

I think this class has made me more sensitive to the art of film-making. We often think in terms of arcs, and story structure, screen direction...all the facets of telling a story. But, Mr. Lynch seems to focus more on the ambiguous negative space and the infinite possibilities that lie in that if we are conscious of it and incorporate lucid ideas into our work.


John R.

I could listen to David Lynch all day....he is from another dimension. He's child-like in the way he speaks and the way he looks at the world. I watched this Masterclass not because of any desire to create a film, but to get a sense of what it takes to create something - the ideas! He's my age and somehow he seems like a loveable grandfather. I also read his book (Audible) "Room to Dream" -- fun listening to him talk about when, where and how he learned what he did. I will say...he does seem as though he is speaking extemporaneously throughout the course -- still quite interesting.

A fellow student

it appears that his crew has the understanding that they all are working together to serve not Mr. Lynch necessarily, but rather the Idea. the Idea is what everyone on the set is trying to please or do justice to.

Alison L.

Outstanding! I'm not in the entertainment business, but I had a personal goal to watch every Oscar winner for best picture a couple of years ago [specifically for Jeopardy purposes] and now I'm hooked on movies and everything about them. I am a complete amateur in regards to the process, so this was a very interesting lecture. I can't wait for the next class! Alison

Master K.

The openness to ideas is the keyhole. Once you have your door built from preparation then it is time to sit back and see what pops up. How can you unlock more genius in the idea? I think that's what he is referring to, finding new things along the way while sticking to the original idea. LET THE IDEA GUIDE YOU! I love this theme throughout.

Elana L.

wildly inspiring... opening oneself up to true creativity to be able to be open to the process and let the ideas guide you to finding the final moment to capture.... a real study in creative process.

Dylan H.

We met and hung out with James a few years ago. Great guy! Our goal was to make him feel safe among the rabid Twin Peaks fans at a con. He stayed for our performance, too. Safe feelings! Set and setting! All important points to help encourage improvisation and innovation.

Debby V.

Fantastic lesson. I love how he emphasizes how ideas can come on location or during impediments and how to make them work.

Luca N.

Is very interesting how David manages to teach the method without excessive technical restrictions .. because everything is based on the idea. A different approach that everyone can apply.

Jonathan W.

David Lynch's approach to directing, production design, and other aspects of film production are fantastic. His intuition and reliance on feeling is unmatched. I definitely can see how this can be effective in independent filmmaking and it's something you'd hardly ever see in a packaged blockbuster. But these films stand the test of time and are not forgotten.

Mary R.

This Master Class with David Lynch is worth the annual subscription. He's such a creative force and he's being so generous with his knowledge. What a treasure.