Film & TV

Working With Actors

David Lynch

Lesson time 14:03 min

Rehearsals are the time to shape scenes and take risks. David teaches you how to bring out an actor’s potential in front of the camera and elicit an unforgettable performance.

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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.



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

David is just a genious and an incredible human being!

Excellent to bring the talk about the meditation very helpful !

Very inspirational and one of the best Masterclasses i've seen so far! David Lynch focuses on how to be creative and find your own style rather than just talking about the craft.

I really enjoyed David's explanation of transcendental mediation.


Comments

Milad T.

6:30 that's the dude from avengers 1, i knew it right when i heard his voice. "you fell outta the sky"

Ashley S.

I'm interested in the idea of violence and humor being closely related through compulsion. Would love to hear Lynch expound further on that.

Debby V.

very interesting on the process of being polite to your actors and not belittling them.

Dan U.

“Make it real from a deep place, intuition, feels right. Searching for clues analyze to make the scene right.

Theresa P.

Loving the content, but especially loving the filming, editing and how the graphics seem to honor Lynch's painting style. Great job, Masterclass team! You really captured the spirit of Lynch in every part of this.

Craig K.

After a couple of OC Classes - On Camera Acting Classes with a Professional Actor- I set out to try my hand at acting - it's very difficult and I've now developed a new appreciation for the occupation. In the last film I was in, I played the 'Repenter' in Prodigy 2018 ( Available on Amazon PPV ). My part had no dialogue so I was required to emote my feelings only by body movement and facial expression. The director trusted me to get the part right --- that was a long shot for me. I'm saying this because at least Lynch works with his actors and he tries to get out of them what he wants. In my case, the scene that makes the final cut was my third try at the shot and honestly, I was thinking of what David Lynch and what he would want Bob on Twin Peeks to do -- and it worked. Thank you David Lynch. While I've been in very easy roles like acting as one of the Easy Riders ( Motorcycle riding Whig Senators ) in the Official Warner Music Video 'Feel it Still' by Portugal the Man, having your director actually telling you what they want you to do makes acting a whole lot easier. Kudos to David Lynch for actually putting the work in to get the best out of an actor!

Sean P.

Ive caught two semi big fish and with many minnows married them into one big fish. Casting this big sucker back down there now.

Clarissa N.

I am really enjoying these. It is like you are have an intimate discussion with David Lynch over dinner.

Tulio V.

I liked the pacing explanation. It's a whole universe hidden in the images that most directors don't explore.

Graeme R.

The cinematography/direction of the David Lynch sequences is amazing and superb. Even the graphics are stellar. Bravo or Brava or Both!