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Film & TV

Sound Design and Scoring

David Lynch

Lesson time 9:51 min

The right music can elevate every other cinematic element on screen. Learn how David collaborates with composers and sound designers to create the perfect union of sound and picture.

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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.



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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Getting to hang out with world class artists like David Lynch is an amazing experience. I'll never be a movie maker, but I still learned so much about creativity and being true to the story.

What a treat to get to spend some quality time with David Lynch

Not just for filmmakers -- he has great tips for cultivating creativity in general. Plus he's an absolute legend.

I loved it, thank you! My perception of life has changed, David Lynch is fantastic, he is like a magician.


Comments

Jess

Fascinating insights in this class, on collaboration as well as sound. The sounds and music in his work is so memorable. The 'how' of sound and where to start can be very daunting and these examples are terrific <3

Stephanie Y.

this is magic. "the whole is greater than the sum of the part", one have to think about all the parts so that they are in harmony.

Aurélien C.

It's got to be angelic, Angelo. Hum sorry. Like everyone here, I'm amazed by this Masterclass, especially when it comes to sound design and music which are so important, and sometimes neglected by filmmakers.

A fellow student

this is like a youtube, but with 3% more. and 3% more always make the difference.

A fellow student

"say someone walks out of the room, and closes the door… a lot of the times people will cut with the sound of door click and go to the next scene. But if you close the door and keep filming, you suddenly see the room. And something starts happening in the mind that is interesting." (from another lesson)

Debby V.

I love that Lynch stresses the importance of music and picture and choosing that right piece of music for that image.

Ashton J.

As a musician, it's always fascinating to hear David's thoughts on sound and how he works with Angelo Badalamenti. Lynch's output always has sound that brings you into the story in many more ways than what's being depicted on screen. You get so much more context for the atmosphere and the mood of the story than you would with a more traditional score, or without sound design that didn't have so much care, attention, and intention to meld, marry, and elaborate on the cinematic narrative. Now I wanna go float my expensive microphones in the bathtub.

Ashley S.

Having someone play music while you speak words that convey your ideas is such a brilliant way to create a score.

Bogdan I.

My mind is absolutley blown away. "I would talk to Angelo with … words, and Angelo wold play my words, if I dind't like, I changhed my words".

Saurav N.

How do you find talented people like Angelo or Alf? Especially when you are struggling with your budget . How do you motivate them?